I'm amazed at how many tough issues Picoult can pack into a book. The advertised premise for this book almost stopped me from buying it. I am so glad it did not. Religion is one of the primary foci and the author does a great job of introducing material such as the Gnostic gospels and their history. And then there is the death penalty and organ donation. Good stuff all!
Capital punishment and Gnosticism are compelling themes, especially with Picoult's strong research and intelligent story-telling. A great presentation by the cast of readers too. I highly recommend.
Loved the ending... made the story ultimately more worthwhile. A little long in some places, but enjoyed the "mystery" of it - left to one's own imagination.
Jodi Picoult books are great for stretching one's thinking and for exploring different perspectives.
This book will leave you on the seat of your chair. As always, Jodi does a fantastic job of creating a sense of suspense which lasts throughout the book. Character voices are distinct and fitting.
I really liked this book. It was motivating, uplifting, and touching at times. I didn't want it to end. Food for the mind, spirit, and soul. Can't wait for another one like it. Good job.
This was my first time "reading" Picoult on the advice of my daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed the readers, especially Maggie's character. As for the story, I didn't feel connected to Shay, the man on trial. I thought the book could have been condensed, and did go back and forth a little too much at times. However, I will definitely try another Picoult novel. This one was worth the time.