AUDIOBOOK & BOOK REVIEW: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult #BookReview #ASparkOfLight

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Publisher: Ballantine Books / Penguin Random House Audio

Release Date: October 02, 2018

Genre: Adult Fiction / Literary Fiction / Contemporary

 

Goodreads Blurb:

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

My Thoughts:

I have not read many books by Jodi Picoult, but what I have read I have loved, and this stayed true with A Spark of Light. I originally bought the hardcover because I couldn’t get over how beautiful it is, but of course this is much more than just a pretty cover. Abortion will always be a very controversial topic, but Picoult tackles it head on in this novel. I listened to the audio while following along in my book, and the narrator, Bahni Turpin, did such a fantastic job of reading it. Jodi Picoult also pops on at the end to read her author’s note and I really appreciated that so I would definitely check out the audiobook if you like them!

I love the way Picoult writes her books, and there are a few surprises near the end that I wasn’t expecting. Plus, I just thought the format of A Spark of Light was incredibly unique and interesting. I love that she chose to go backwards in time leaving the epilogue for the very last hour after everything has happened. It was incredibly thought-provoking, and I think Picoult does an excellent job of showing the different stances on abortion. This would make for an amazing book club selection because it definitely gives you a lot to think about.

I fell in love with so many of the characters in A Spark of Light, and even though there are plenty of viewpoints, they never got overwhelming or confusing for me. Which is saying something when you are doing an audiobook! Every character Picoult wrote was multifaceted and had so much depth even if they only get a part of the attention. I loved the way everything tied together as well, and I even got chills a couple of times.

A Spark of Light isn’t going to be for everyone, but it felt like an important read for me and I’m so glad I decided to experience it through the audio. I can tell Picoult put a lot of time and effort into this book and it frankly just shows through all the different viewpoints. No matter what your stance on abortion is, I would definitely recommend checking this out if you are a fan of the author.

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

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