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Plain Truth | [Jodi Picoult]

Plain Truth

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.
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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide, and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within, to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.

Don't miss more from Jodi Picoult.

©2000 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing and affecting." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The story's quietude is appropriate, given its magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-05-10
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-05-10
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    "Plain good!"

    As usual, Jodi Picoult's books are always interesting and keep me listening. In fact, I probably would have given it another star or two if it wasn't for the narrators. It was hard to tell between the two but one sounded like a man. The voice of Katy was absolutely ridiculous. She sounded like she was 2, not 18. I'd compare the narration to dragging chalk on a chalkboard. It was really bad!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Glen Rock, PA, USA 03-28-07
    Todd Glen Rock, PA, USA 03-28-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Someone didn't do their homework"

    I live near the Amish in Pennsylvania. I read the positive reviews and was looking forward to a great read. But I was disappointed. It was a predictable plot that just failed to grip me. The background info about the Amish culture proved weak enough to lose my trust. Unlike the author states, the Amish youth do not sometimes stray to buy beer at the local Turkey Hill. They can’t. PA liquor laws prohibit alcohol sales in convenience stores. Six packs are bought in bars. Cases are sold at beer distributors. Someone didn’t do their homework. Oddly enough, the Amish are sometimes seen pulling a buggy up to a beer distributor. Now there’s an ironic picture that the author could have had fun with. The book’s courtroom scenes were probably the most disappointing, filled with unbelievably unprofessional comments from lawyers and judges. The end left me feeling cheated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Fort Worth, TX, USA 08-03-09
    Jodie Fort Worth, TX, USA 08-03-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful and Intriguing"

    After reading My Sister's Keeper, I thought I'd try another of Ms. Picoult's novels. I was not disappointed! It has a fantastic plot with a twist you will never see coming. It gives a view into Amish life I never knew. As with the first book I read I could not put it down. Plain Truth is a wonderful book and I would reccommend it to anyone who likes a written version of Law and Order.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 10-15-13
    Simone 10-15-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Court Room Drama"

    I loved this book! I have not read a good court-room drama since I can’t remember when and this plot sucked me right in!

    It was original and thought provoking, perhaps a little cliché at times and I suppose a unsurprising twist at the end, but none of that ruined it – it had me enthralled from start to almost finish.

    I bet they make a movie out of this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Framingham, MA, USA 07-11-07
    Heather Framingham, MA, USA 07-11-07
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    "Great story!"

    I definitely enjoyed this book but I agree with some of the other comments here about the narrators. Especially the one who had the voice of the judge (kind of like nails scraping a chalkboard!) But besides that, I highly recommend this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D Hermitage, PA, United States 09-12-06
    D Hermitage, PA, United States 09-12-06 Member Since 2008
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    "GOOD BUT..."

    This is a good book, no doubt about that, however I found the narrators to be a bit disapointing. I wouldn't let this keep you from chosing this book, but if you are someone that relies heavily on the voice you may want to preview the sample. I find the need for two women readers to be unnecessary and sometimes confusing. But overall I would say it was a good book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 09-16-06
    Alex 09-16-06
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    "forced and implausible"

    When I read the other posts here, I have to assume the other reviewers have read a different book.

    Characters behave stupidly and without proper motivation. You quickly grow to hate the accused, Katie, whom we presume the author would like us to sympathize with. As Katie is her own most determined enemy, doing everything imaginable to ruin her own case and credibility, that isn't easy. Furthermore, we are supposed to believe her constant, whiney self-justifications and endless prevarications neatly cohabitate with the honest and self-effacing character of the Amish. By the time the book is half done, I was so disgusted with this character (and others), I was actually rooting for the prosecution.

    Worse, the author built such a fragile plot that a single question, one any intelligent five year old could have posed at any number of points, would have brought down the whole house of cards. The holes are too many to list, but suffice to say we're asked to believe a hot-shot lawyer couldn't see what is laughably apparent to the reader. We're also asked to believe that this lawyer, who didn't want the case in the first place, would put up with the constant lying and betrayals of her own client, making her equally unlikable as a character.

    This book insulted my intelligence in almost every scene. It was not helped by the halting, melodramatic reading that made the characters appear even dumber than they might otherwise. But let's not blame the messenger. This isn't a 'who-dunnit' so much as a 'who cares'. The crime isn't in the book- the crime IS the book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Rogue River, OR, United States 03-12-07
    Linda Rogue River, OR, United States 03-12-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Plain Truth"

    This was one of the best books I've listened to (or read) in some time. I was hooked from the first chapter! The characters were so real that as I drove I could see the story unfurl in my mind like a great movie. The narrators managed to read the book without inserting themselves into it, which is sometimes problematical for me. I highly recommend it and I'll be listening to more Jodi Picoult.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-06-06
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-06-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Engaging and beautifully written"

    I hated for this story to end even if I did have a good idea how it would resolve. The descriptions of the homes and life of the AMish people helped bring them to life and served to educate me about how they think which is so very different from the rest of non Amish people in our country. If the Katie character seemed whiney and uncooperative with attempts to help her legal case, it was because WE non Amish find it nearly impossible to believe that anyone could be so selfless. I don't know if this is truly the way the Amish live and think, but for this particular story, it is and her behavior is consistent with the author's intent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10
    Dawn Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10
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    "not great"

    I have read most of jodi picoult books and usually enjoy them. This book did not challenge me at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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