The acclaimed number-one New York Times best-selling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.
Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?
One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.
For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's 11-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.
Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?
Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls listeners with this story of redemption, justice, and love.
©2008 Jodi Picoult (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
Reading is everything to me - gave me escape as an abused child who needed it desperately; the universe when my world was a small village.
Jodi, if you happen to read these comments, this is a book that deserves both a prequel and a sequel. Are you you game? it would be nice to hear about Clare and what became of her and her acquired gift (s), even of her somehow learning the real details of the circumstances of her father and sister's deaths. Bourne's character could be developed to let us in on what started his journey that led him to June's home. Jodi, so many of us are already invested in these characters that these books would also be best sellers.
This has to be one of Jodi Picoult's best novels. I'm not going to go into detail with a synopsis of the story because that, dear listener, is for you to discover for yourself.
But the narration by this wonderful set of gifted people and the twists and turns along the way left me always wanting more.
Each time I had to end my listening session it was with reluctance and an eagerness for the next. As the end of the story approached I was completely engaged, eager and waiting for resolution, but sad to know the story would soon end.
Once it did I felt like I knew the characters and missed them. If it had been a book it would have been 'un-put-downable'.
"Love her work!"
Quite a challenging book, but absolutely riveting! I did, pretty well listen to it on one sitting - well, ok, maybe two and a half! Like all her books it gives the aura of careful research which does not intrude on the delicate web of story-telling, which she weaves so magically.
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