These days I don’t get much time to read. So when I sit down with a book I want something that’ll keep my eyes so intensely glued to the pages that even Jason Momoa walking through my living room wouldn’t shift my gaze.
The books that consistently give me all the roller-coaster drama and hit-you-in-the-gut feels are written by Jodi Picoult. She has never failed me. I will list some of my faves below with links (affiliate) to where you can order them if you like 🙂 Here we go!
A quiet Amish community is shaken to its core one morning when a dead newborn baby is found. As police investigate, they realize the baby wasn’t stillborn, but died shortly after its birth. When the police begin looking for someone who may have recently given birth, they find Katie, a young teen. When asked if she has anything she wants to tell someone, here are the chilling words written by Picoult, that set you turning the pages fast:
“I didn’t have a baby,”Katie answered, looking directly at the detective. “I didn’t.”But Lizzie (detective) was staring at the porch floor. There was a small maroon smudge on the painted white planks. And a slow trickle of blood, running down Katie’s bare leg.
This gut-wrenching novel is about a smart, strong woman who is a prosecutor in the most difficult of cases, mostly having to do with young children telling a courtroom about their nightmares of molestation or rape. Nina knows all too well how the system can be flawed when it comes to putting pedophiles behind bars – and keeping them there for a long time. And she also knows what a nightmare it is for families who’s children have been violated. So when she finds out that her own young boy was just molested, her mind swirls. How can she help her son when she knows the battles ahead…
The minute I stand up, I’ve jumped off the cliff. The world goes by in a haze of color and light, my weight accelerates, head– over– heels. Then I think, Falling is the first step in learning how to fly. In two steps, I am across the aisle of the courtroom. In a breath, I hold the gun up to the priest’s head. I pull the trigger four times. The bailiff grabs my arm but I won’t let go of the weapon. I can’t, until I know that I’ve done it. There is blood spreading, and screams, and then I’m falling again, forward, past the bar, where I am supposed to be.
“Did I get him? Is he dead?”
This one is a hard one. It’s not for everyone. But I have always pushed myself to ask really hard questions and try to answer them after weighing both logic and morality. This book really does that.
It’s about a boy who is relentlessly bullied for years, and then one day does the unthinkable – something that our world has become far too used to hearing about. He enters his school and begins shooting. I told you, it’s a difficult one. But Jodi Picoult never writes a novel that isn’t hard. Each one dives into a controversial subject that’s often painful and thought provoking.
Below is the a video synopsis of Nineteen Minutes put together by author Jodi Picoult herself:
Please share what some of your favourite page-turners are with me!
***Links provided will bring you to Amazon where you can purchase these books now. I am part of the Amazon Associates Program. If you make a purchase I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. Please do not feel obligated to buy anything I recommend, only do so if you really want want or need an item. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!***