A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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The lives of ordinary people become intertwined when a gunman takes hostages at a women's clinic in the #1 New York Times bestselling author's latest. At Mississippi's sole remaining women's reproductive services clinic, a gunman bursts in and takes its patients and staff hostage. The stories that brought these individuals to the clinic vary, from a woman awaiting cancer screening results to a protestor hoping to catch the clinic in a scandal that could be used in a pro-life campaign. Then there is the police hostage negotiator, whose daughter is also trapped inside the facility, and the gunman himself, who has a vendetta to carry out. Meanwhile, across the state, a seventeen-year-old woman lands in the hospital after an attempt to self-terminate her pregnancy and is subsequently charged by the pro-life DA for the murder of her unborn child. They, too, are connected to the events unfolding in the clinic.       As the book moves backward in time, each chapter set one hour earlier than the last, we learn how all these people and their stories are unwittingly connected--and that none of these characters' reasons for being where they are at this fateful place and time are exactly what it appears at first glance.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House of Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9780345813435
Characteristics: 384 p
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Jessi52
Oct 18, 2018

A tough subject matter delay with well. Enjoyed the book, I feel she did may out both sides of the argument.

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sunnyfeline
Oct 17, 2018

I was not a big fan of this book. After coming off a high for her last book, "Small Great Things", I was disappointed with this book. It had the potential to be a great story but it fell short. Picoult starts this book with the ending at the beginning so it's almost like giving away the ending. But she does omit some important parts to not spoil the whole thing. Then the story goes backwards from that moment with the gunman and the negotiator in cross hairs. I echo what another book reviewer (darladoodles) said about this book feeling like it focused so much on the negative things about pro-life compared to all of the positive things about being pro-choice. Picoult said that she researched both sides, but I did not see that appear in the story. It could've been more powerful without coming across as more on one side, but she failed to accomplish this with treating both sides equally.

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floggingdori
Oct 12, 2018

As an avid Jodi Picoult reader, I was fascinated with "A Spark of Light." She has created several characters that are relatable, and has created a realistic, relevant setting. The timeline of the story is backwards, which was different, but I thoroughly enjoyed. I was pulled in immediately and wanted to get to know each of the characters, and what brought them to the clinic. This is my favorite book of hers so far (I've read nearly them all) because she captured the complexities of these characters, as if she's lived several lives herself. How does she do it? This book is definitely worth the read - it is thought provoking, well-done, masterful.

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Reads_A_Lot
Oct 07, 2018

Only a few chapters in on this book and I’m quitting. So disappointed. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and I always looks forward to her books, but I just can’t force my way thru this one. There are too many characters to keep track of and it’s told in a backwards timeline which I really didn’t like. The book starts at 5 pm after the main event has taken place and each chapter goes backwards by one hour. This style did not work for me. Multiple POVs in each chapter made it hard to get close to the characters. Hoping her next one is better.

debwalker Oct 01, 2018

The battle over women's bodies continues in a new Picoult.

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darladoodles
Sep 24, 2018

This was a difficult book for me to read and this will not be a popular review. From the description I expected an evenhanded presentation of both sides of the issue on abortion. Picoult notes having spent time with those on the pro-life side before writing the book, but clearly did not connect with them. Pro-life activists are labeled as "antis" and white men who want to control women's bodies. Out of the ten main characters in the book, only two are shown in the pro-life camp -- one is the shooter and the other has infiltrated the clinic as a spy. The protesters and the folks in the pregnancy center around the corner are caricatures. Their attempts to connect with clinic visitors or convince them to choose life are ridiculed and 100% ineffective. More telling is the author's note giving us statistics on the violence surrounding the abortion issue since Roe v Wade. One violent statistic she overlooks is the number of lives taken by abortion since then which has been verified to be over 50 million sparks of light. A much better book to read on this issue is "The Atonement Child" by Francine Rivers.

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