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Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels, such as Keeping Faith and The Pact. Gifted with "a remarkable ability to make us share her characters' feelings" (People), Picoult now explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman -- the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her.
The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County -- known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn's mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher. And the infant did not die of natural causes. Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby.
One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high-profile career. But her latest court "victory" has set the sands shifting beneath her. Single at thirty-nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn't look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt's home in Paradise.
Fate brings her to Katie Fisher. Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her. But taking on this case challenges Ellie in more ways than one. She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own.
Immersing herself in Katie Fisher's life -- and in a world founded on faith, humility, duty, and honesty -- Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live "plain." As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie's past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love -- and her own deepest fears and desires.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith -- and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds.

Topics: Murder, Mothers, Teen Pregnancy, Pennsylvania, First Person Narration, Family, Suspenseful, Crime, Psychological, Dramatic, Babies, and Third Person Narration

Published: Atria Books on May 1, 2000
ISBN: 9780743422819
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I don't usually read many trial books. But this novel had less to do with the trial and more to do with the relationships between the people involved in the the birth/death of the infant that was found in the Amish family barn which set off the chain of events that led to the charging of the 18-year-old unwed girl who was born and raised "Plain". It was a fascinating story about a wonderfully peace-loving people and the tragedies that befall them when the outside world gets involved.read more
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Plain Truth is about one Amish family's struggle when a stillborn baby is discovered dead in the barn. Aaron and Sarah Fisher own the farm with two young boys helping out, Samuel and his cousin. Aaron and Sarah had three kids, Jacob(eldest sibling) got shunned because he wanted to study, Hannah(youngest) died when she was seven years, and Katia who is possibly pregnant. Ellie is katie's attorney so Ellie has to go and live with the Fisher's and tries to find out everything about Katie. Katie keeps admitting that she never had a baby, but how long is this lie going to end? If she says she never had a baby, then why is she proven to be pregnant? To find out, read Plain Truth.read more
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After visiting the Amish peolpe I couldn't have found a better book to read. This writer does an excellent job confroting the two societies: "the English" and "the Plain People". I'll be reading more by this author!read more
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I enjoyed reading this book right up until the last page. The final twist and resolution ruined it for me. Jodi Picoult built up a very believable portrait of the Amish people then on the last page asks me to believe that two characters with great integrity are not as principled as I thought. I could not swallow the way she justifies a murder.It left a very bad taste in my mouth.read more
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When an Amish relative of Ellie Hathaway's beloved aunt is charged with murdering her own infant son, Ellie finds herself not only defending Katie Fisher, but living with her on her Amish farm as a stipulation of the bail agreement. While Ellie stays with Katie she learns not only about Katie and her situation, but also the Amish way of life. Picoult's careful character development and plot twists make this an interesting novel as the reader works to find out how a gentle, responsible Amish girl can be defended against the charge of murder. A well crafted novel with elements of a law drama, romance, and mystery all rolled into one book. A very entertaining read.read more
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I love Jodi Picoult!! Another great book about Amish families/women.read more
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The book starts out really well but then it drags for several hundred pages. Not one of her better books.read more
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Another great, easy read by Picoult. I wouldn't say that this is one of her best (i.e. The Pact) but it's definitely an interesting book and worth reading.read more
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I am completely in love with the Amish faith and this book took me right into it. It was a fairly quick read and very deep in nature. The subject matter was completely heart wrenching. It was obvious the author did her share of research into the faith and traditions. It tugged at my heart strings throughout the entire story. Be prepared to cry a little.read more
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I found this book very irritating and don't know why I kept reading. It is about a hotshot lawyer who is dissatisfied with her life and goes to Amish country to visit her Mennonite Aunt, and ends up living with & defending a young Amish woman who is charged with killing her out-of-wedlock newborn child. It is a really bad book. There is a ghost who does nothing, and psychobabble, and at the end the mother spontaneously confesses to the lawyer (after they get a 1-year home arrest sentence for the daughter). Perhaps the girl is supposed to be insane -- and that is what the ghost means -- and the mother so abused that she loses her mind too. I doubt that was the intent but the plot makes more sense that way.read more
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I have read every one of Jodi Picoult's books, and consider her one of my favorite authors. That being said, I will admit that her older books, such as this one, tend to be my favorites, rather than the later books she has published. I love them all, but Plain Truth, My Sister's Keeper, Harvesting the Heart, and Picture Perfect are my go-to's when I need a good re-read!Her books tend to contain court scenes and quite a lot of medical jargon; you will come across rare medical conditions, as well as very "hot button" topics in today's world.Plain Truth is set in Amish country, which in itself is interesting because of what we as a society don't know. For the research of this book the author has said she actually stayed with an Amish family for a bit, and gathered information about routines and such from the "inside". I love this book for many reasons, one being that the characters are so solid you can imagine them easily. It is easy to jump right in, there is not a lot of background that you have to get through to begin the story- it flows well, as all her books do.Definitely a book to try if you've never read any of her books- this one is a great place to start!read more
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I absolutely LOVED this book. It was suspenseful and very dramatic.The movie was pretty good too.I loved the twist at the end.read more
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This was my first Jodi Picoult, and to be quite honest, I could not put it down!Loved it.read more
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This is the third Picoult novel that I have read and I love her style.Ellie Hathaway is a Philadelphia defense attorney whose clients have committed heinous crimes and she gets them off. After finishing a case where a man abused young children, she is losing zeal about her job. She goes to Lancaster County, PA, to spend time with her aunt. She used to spend summers there and she hopes to connect with her childhood. Aunt Leda is actually married to Ellie's uncle, so Ellie doesn't know much about her aunt's family. What she knows is that Leda was excommunicated from the Amish religion when she married a Mennonite.The day Ellie arrives at Leda's, she discovers that Leda's sister's daughter, Katie Fisher, is accused of murdering her newborn. Ellie does not want to defend her, but eventually agrees. I learned a lot about the Amish by reading this wonderfully written book.read more
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Plain Truth is a story of relationships. Katie Fisher is a young, unmarried Amish girl who is accused of smothering her newborn infant. Ellie Hathaway is a lawyer attempting to take a sabbatical from her career when circumstances bring the two of them together. Ellie begins to represent Katie who not only claims did not smother her infant, but swears she was never pregnant in the first place. To meet the bail stipulation Ellie moves in with the Fisher family. Through the court scenes and the scenes on the Amish farm Ellie and Katie's relationship builds and heals them both in ways that neither thought would ever happen. In true Picoult fashion the story raises many questions as one reads on and tries to find the twist that will inevitably come.I enjoyed the book, but am beginning to wonder if I have read too many Jodi Picoult books. I love how she shows me all the gray in situations that I judge black or white, but I spend the novel trying to guess the big twist rather than enjoying the characters. Plain Truth gave me a glimpse into the Amish lifestyle in such a way that I gained respect for living Plain.read more
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I thought this was one of her better titles that kind of threw me for a loop. I had no idea the person who had done it till the very end, so I was shocked! Jodi becomes very familiar with the topics that she writes about and does it again with the amish culture.read more
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My first book by this author and I can totally understand why she is so popular.This addicting mystery takes place in Lancaster, PA as an 18 year Amish girl (Katie Fisher) is accused of murdering her newborn infant. A distant cousin, Ellie Hathaway, defends her and due to the bail needs to live with her for the months prior to her trail.Very well written, tight story, wonderful language and descriptions of the often unknown sector in our society.read more
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the first Jodi book I ever read. Thank you, People magazine, for showing me the way to Jodi. This book also completely appealed to me due to the in depth research Jodi did about the Amish way of life...something I've always been fascinated by.read more
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I did not enjoy this book as much as the couple of other Jodi Picoult books I have read. The other books seemed to have heartwrenching moral issues that this one didn't have for me. It was more like the sort of whodunits that fill out the majority of my reading material. I like the Picoult's for a change of pace, which it was, and while I still enjoyed it - it was not my favorite. I may have actually liked it more before the last two pages - I think I would have preferred to come to my own conclusion in this story. I have 2 more Picoults waiting for me on my TBR shelve - and still looking forward to them.read more
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Steady page-turner (meaning it maintained my interest well, but I didn't skip any meals or lose sleep for this one), smooth prose, well-planned plot, and fairly endearing characters. An Amish unwed teenager is suspected of murdering the infant she secretly birthed in a barn, and an "English" (secular American) lawyer is brought in to represent the girl in court. I enjoyed the Amish setting, although I'll take Picoult's version of the community with a grain of salt, and it was a good mix of murder mystery and romance. Not my typicial genre, a good summer read.read more
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This was the first book of Jodi Picoult's that I read, and the only one of hers that I've actually liked. It has the same formula as most of her other books - tragedy, different characters narrate the story, court case, strong female lead, and of course: the unexpected twist! but at the time it seemed novel. It doesn't feel like Picoult is trying as hard in this book as it does with some of her later books.If you like Picoult, you'll definitely want to read it. If you don't like her, give it a chance anyway. If anything, it might give you an insight into why she's so popular now.read more
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She's definitely an accomplished writer, very adept at switching perspectives between characters. She has an identifiable style, but I was left with a who cares kind of feeling when I finished in Plain Truth. I'll try one of her other pieces though.read more
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Story is told alternatively by a narrator and by one of the character's point of view. I'm used to getting a story told by various characters, but this was rather strange. Especially because Ellie is a quite stereotypical 39 year old attorney from the big city, too stereotypical for my taste.Otherwise I liked the story and enjoyed reading about the Amish again.read more
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This book had a little bit of suspense, a little bit of love relationships, a little bit of court room drama but it was an excellant book - it was the first Jodi picoult book that I had written and enjoyed every word of it.read more
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I don't know -- writing a story about the Amish culture without really knowing how they live? Plenty of blank spots here.read more
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In the past two weeks, I have read both My Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult - two books that have some pretty absurd similarities.My Sister’s Keeper is about a trial. The lawyer for the defense reunites with his high school sweetheart after 15 years.Plain Truth is about a trial. The lawyer for the defense reunites with her college sweetheart after 15 years.My Sister’s Keeper concerns a family. The parents are Sara and Brian. They have three children. The oldest is a boy, Jesse, who is estranged from his parents. The book revolves around the problems of the middle child, Kate. The youngest child, Anna, dies indirectly because of her sister.Plain Truth concerns a family. The parents are Sarah and Aaron. They have three children. The oldest is a boy, Jacob, who is estranged from his parents. The book revolves around the problems of the middle child, Katie. The youngest child, Hannah, died indirectly because of her sister’s neglect.And although both books were gripping and I couldn’t put them down, they both left me feeling unsatisfied in the end.read more
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On Thursday, August 09, 2007 I wrote:


I finished reading this book last night and I agree with my mate Cindy, I consider this the best book of the 4 I've read by this author.
I've read my Sister's Keeper,Salem Falls, Vanishing Act but this is the best one.

I am intrigued by the life of The Amish. That was really interesting, to see the changes of our life and the Plain people (I don't consider them plain at all ;)

Loved the characters and the way the story was woven.

Now I know I want to try another Jodi Picoult book.

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In a barn in Paradise, Pennsylvania, a newborn baby is found dead. The only suspect is an eighteen year old Amish woman who, despite all medical evidence to the contrary, contends that she was never even pregnant. Ellie, the woman’s relative from the city, also becomes her attorney. The case will be different from any Ellie has ever tried, however, especially because she must learn about the Amish faith and community in order to learn about, and earn the trust of her client.Quote: “If Katie is arrested, if you listen to Aaron and turn the other cheek and don’t get someone to stick up for her in court, then they’re going to put her in jail . . . how many children are you going to let the world take away from you?â€?I really thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of this book. Interesting fictionalization (but researched) view of Amish life, good court scenes, a romance or two. And of course, I was prepared for a classic Picoult twist at the end of the book, when all the carefully laid pieces come together. With this book, however, instead of saying “Aha!â€? at that point, I said “Okay, I guess . . . whatever.â€? After a few minutes, however, my brain woke up and said, “Actually, no, that makes no sense, no pieces have come together, and I refuse to accept this.â€? And then I made up an alternative twist, one that is at least partially justifiable. The last two pages have left me feeling bitter about the book, which is unfortunate because I liked the rest of itread more
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Jodi Picoult is a master of suspense and this is her masterpiece. Imagine a neonaticide in the Amish community which turns out to be something completely different.read more
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I don't usually read many trial books. But this novel had less to do with the trial and more to do with the relationships between the people involved in the the birth/death of the infant that was found in the Amish family barn which set off the chain of events that led to the charging of the 18-year-old unwed girl who was born and raised "Plain". It was a fascinating story about a wonderfully peace-loving people and the tragedies that befall them when the outside world gets involved.
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Plain Truth is about one Amish family's struggle when a stillborn baby is discovered dead in the barn. Aaron and Sarah Fisher own the farm with two young boys helping out, Samuel and his cousin. Aaron and Sarah had three kids, Jacob(eldest sibling) got shunned because he wanted to study, Hannah(youngest) died when she was seven years, and Katia who is possibly pregnant. Ellie is katie's attorney so Ellie has to go and live with the Fisher's and tries to find out everything about Katie. Katie keeps admitting that she never had a baby, but how long is this lie going to end? If she says she never had a baby, then why is she proven to be pregnant? To find out, read Plain Truth.
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After visiting the Amish peolpe I couldn't have found a better book to read. This writer does an excellent job confroting the two societies: "the English" and "the Plain People". I'll be reading more by this author!
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I enjoyed reading this book right up until the last page. The final twist and resolution ruined it for me. Jodi Picoult built up a very believable portrait of the Amish people then on the last page asks me to believe that two characters with great integrity are not as principled as I thought. I could not swallow the way she justifies a murder.It left a very bad taste in my mouth.
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When an Amish relative of Ellie Hathaway's beloved aunt is charged with murdering her own infant son, Ellie finds herself not only defending Katie Fisher, but living with her on her Amish farm as a stipulation of the bail agreement. While Ellie stays with Katie she learns not only about Katie and her situation, but also the Amish way of life. Picoult's careful character development and plot twists make this an interesting novel as the reader works to find out how a gentle, responsible Amish girl can be defended against the charge of murder. A well crafted novel with elements of a law drama, romance, and mystery all rolled into one book. A very entertaining read.
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Okay plot; very slow moving
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I love Jodi Picoult!! Another great book about Amish families/women.
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The book starts out really well but then it drags for several hundred pages. Not one of her better books.
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Another great, easy read by Picoult. I wouldn't say that this is one of her best (i.e. The Pact) but it's definitely an interesting book and worth reading.
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I am completely in love with the Amish faith and this book took me right into it. It was a fairly quick read and very deep in nature. The subject matter was completely heart wrenching. It was obvious the author did her share of research into the faith and traditions. It tugged at my heart strings throughout the entire story. Be prepared to cry a little.
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I found this book very irritating and don't know why I kept reading. It is about a hotshot lawyer who is dissatisfied with her life and goes to Amish country to visit her Mennonite Aunt, and ends up living with & defending a young Amish woman who is charged with killing her out-of-wedlock newborn child. It is a really bad book. There is a ghost who does nothing, and psychobabble, and at the end the mother spontaneously confesses to the lawyer (after they get a 1-year home arrest sentence for the daughter). Perhaps the girl is supposed to be insane -- and that is what the ghost means -- and the mother so abused that she loses her mind too. I doubt that was the intent but the plot makes more sense that way.
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I have read every one of Jodi Picoult's books, and consider her one of my favorite authors. That being said, I will admit that her older books, such as this one, tend to be my favorites, rather than the later books she has published. I love them all, but Plain Truth, My Sister's Keeper, Harvesting the Heart, and Picture Perfect are my go-to's when I need a good re-read!Her books tend to contain court scenes and quite a lot of medical jargon; you will come across rare medical conditions, as well as very "hot button" topics in today's world.Plain Truth is set in Amish country, which in itself is interesting because of what we as a society don't know. For the research of this book the author has said she actually stayed with an Amish family for a bit, and gathered information about routines and such from the "inside". I love this book for many reasons, one being that the characters are so solid you can imagine them easily. It is easy to jump right in, there is not a lot of background that you have to get through to begin the story- it flows well, as all her books do.Definitely a book to try if you've never read any of her books- this one is a great place to start!
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I absolutely LOVED this book. It was suspenseful and very dramatic.The movie was pretty good too.I loved the twist at the end.
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This was my first Jodi Picoult, and to be quite honest, I could not put it down!Loved it.
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This is the third Picoult novel that I have read and I love her style.Ellie Hathaway is a Philadelphia defense attorney whose clients have committed heinous crimes and she gets them off. After finishing a case where a man abused young children, she is losing zeal about her job. She goes to Lancaster County, PA, to spend time with her aunt. She used to spend summers there and she hopes to connect with her childhood. Aunt Leda is actually married to Ellie's uncle, so Ellie doesn't know much about her aunt's family. What she knows is that Leda was excommunicated from the Amish religion when she married a Mennonite.The day Ellie arrives at Leda's, she discovers that Leda's sister's daughter, Katie Fisher, is accused of murdering her newborn. Ellie does not want to defend her, but eventually agrees. I learned a lot about the Amish by reading this wonderfully written book.
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Plain Truth is a story of relationships. Katie Fisher is a young, unmarried Amish girl who is accused of smothering her newborn infant. Ellie Hathaway is a lawyer attempting to take a sabbatical from her career when circumstances bring the two of them together. Ellie begins to represent Katie who not only claims did not smother her infant, but swears she was never pregnant in the first place. To meet the bail stipulation Ellie moves in with the Fisher family. Through the court scenes and the scenes on the Amish farm Ellie and Katie's relationship builds and heals them both in ways that neither thought would ever happen. In true Picoult fashion the story raises many questions as one reads on and tries to find the twist that will inevitably come.I enjoyed the book, but am beginning to wonder if I have read too many Jodi Picoult books. I love how she shows me all the gray in situations that I judge black or white, but I spend the novel trying to guess the big twist rather than enjoying the characters. Plain Truth gave me a glimpse into the Amish lifestyle in such a way that I gained respect for living Plain.
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I thought this was one of her better titles that kind of threw me for a loop. I had no idea the person who had done it till the very end, so I was shocked! Jodi becomes very familiar with the topics that she writes about and does it again with the amish culture.
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My first book by this author and I can totally understand why she is so popular.This addicting mystery takes place in Lancaster, PA as an 18 year Amish girl (Katie Fisher) is accused of murdering her newborn infant. A distant cousin, Ellie Hathaway, defends her and due to the bail needs to live with her for the months prior to her trail.Very well written, tight story, wonderful language and descriptions of the often unknown sector in our society.
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the first Jodi book I ever read. Thank you, People magazine, for showing me the way to Jodi. This book also completely appealed to me due to the in depth research Jodi did about the Amish way of life...something I've always been fascinated by.
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I did not enjoy this book as much as the couple of other Jodi Picoult books I have read. The other books seemed to have heartwrenching moral issues that this one didn't have for me. It was more like the sort of whodunits that fill out the majority of my reading material. I like the Picoult's for a change of pace, which it was, and while I still enjoyed it - it was not my favorite. I may have actually liked it more before the last two pages - I think I would have preferred to come to my own conclusion in this story. I have 2 more Picoults waiting for me on my TBR shelve - and still looking forward to them.
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Steady page-turner (meaning it maintained my interest well, but I didn't skip any meals or lose sleep for this one), smooth prose, well-planned plot, and fairly endearing characters. An Amish unwed teenager is suspected of murdering the infant she secretly birthed in a barn, and an "English" (secular American) lawyer is brought in to represent the girl in court. I enjoyed the Amish setting, although I'll take Picoult's version of the community with a grain of salt, and it was a good mix of murder mystery and romance. Not my typicial genre, a good summer read.
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This was the first book of Jodi Picoult's that I read, and the only one of hers that I've actually liked. It has the same formula as most of her other books - tragedy, different characters narrate the story, court case, strong female lead, and of course: the unexpected twist! but at the time it seemed novel. It doesn't feel like Picoult is trying as hard in this book as it does with some of her later books.If you like Picoult, you'll definitely want to read it. If you don't like her, give it a chance anyway. If anything, it might give you an insight into why she's so popular now.
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She's definitely an accomplished writer, very adept at switching perspectives between characters. She has an identifiable style, but I was left with a who cares kind of feeling when I finished in Plain Truth. I'll try one of her other pieces though.
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Story is told alternatively by a narrator and by one of the character's point of view. I'm used to getting a story told by various characters, but this was rather strange. Especially because Ellie is a quite stereotypical 39 year old attorney from the big city, too stereotypical for my taste.Otherwise I liked the story and enjoyed reading about the Amish again.
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This book had a little bit of suspense, a little bit of love relationships, a little bit of court room drama but it was an excellant book - it was the first Jodi picoult book that I had written and enjoyed every word of it.
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I don't know -- writing a story about the Amish culture without really knowing how they live? Plenty of blank spots here.
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In the past two weeks, I have read both My Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult - two books that have some pretty absurd similarities.My Sister’s Keeper is about a trial. The lawyer for the defense reunites with his high school sweetheart after 15 years.Plain Truth is about a trial. The lawyer for the defense reunites with her college sweetheart after 15 years.My Sister’s Keeper concerns a family. The parents are Sara and Brian. They have three children. The oldest is a boy, Jesse, who is estranged from his parents. The book revolves around the problems of the middle child, Kate. The youngest child, Anna, dies indirectly because of her sister.Plain Truth concerns a family. The parents are Sarah and Aaron. They have three children. The oldest is a boy, Jacob, who is estranged from his parents. The book revolves around the problems of the middle child, Katie. The youngest child, Hannah, died indirectly because of her sister’s neglect.And although both books were gripping and I couldn’t put them down, they both left me feeling unsatisfied in the end.
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On Thursday, August 09, 2007 I wrote:


I finished reading this book last night and I agree with my mate Cindy, I consider this the best book of the 4 I've read by this author.
I've read my Sister's Keeper,Salem Falls, Vanishing Act but this is the best one.

I am intrigued by the life of The Amish. That was really interesting, to see the changes of our life and the Plain people (I don't consider them plain at all ;)

Loved the characters and the way the story was woven.

Now I know I want to try another Jodi Picoult book.

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In a barn in Paradise, Pennsylvania, a newborn baby is found dead. The only suspect is an eighteen year old Amish woman who, despite all medical evidence to the contrary, contends that she was never even pregnant. Ellie, the woman’s relative from the city, also becomes her attorney. The case will be different from any Ellie has ever tried, however, especially because she must learn about the Amish faith and community in order to learn about, and earn the trust of her client.Quote: “If Katie is arrested, if you listen to Aaron and turn the other cheek and don’t get someone to stick up for her in court, then they’re going to put her in jail . . . how many children are you going to let the world take away from you?â€?I really thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of this book. Interesting fictionalization (but researched) view of Amish life, good court scenes, a romance or two. And of course, I was prepared for a classic Picoult twist at the end of the book, when all the carefully laid pieces come together. With this book, however, instead of saying “Aha!â€? at that point, I said “Okay, I guess . . . whatever.â€? After a few minutes, however, my brain woke up and said, “Actually, no, that makes no sense, no pieces have come together, and I refuse to accept this.â€? And then I made up an alternative twist, one that is at least partially justifiable. The last two pages have left me feeling bitter about the book, which is unfortunate because I liked the rest of it
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Jodi Picoult is a master of suspense and this is her masterpiece. Imagine a neonaticide in the Amish community which turns out to be something completely different.
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