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Book Review: The Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Updated on February 7, 2012
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I am a bookworm and read in a diverse market but for some reason don’t enjoy books that involve mystery and crime investigations. I use to believe that the authors of this particular genre are very technical with their explicit use of technical terms that confuses the readers.

“The Plain Truth” by Jodi Picoult has changed everything in the way I treat books that involve crime and mystery.

“The Plain Truth” is the story about a young 18-year-old unmarried Amish woman, who has been charged with murdering her own baby. As the police investigate the death, they discover that the baby was not stillborn, but died shortly after birth.Katie Fisher, the young 18-year-old unmarried Amish women is suspected to have murdered her newborn baby. By the way, Amish are a religious group who live apart from the rest of the world eschewing such things as electricity, automobiles, and telephones and following very strict church teachings.

How I felt about the story

The story is very deeply engaging. I felt sorry for Katie as she is young and fragile. But then again why would she suffocate her own baby possibly by stuffing cloth fibers into the mouth of her own flesh and blood (baby) in a very barbaric act. Her relative and defense lawyer Ellie tries to defend her but then again there is the issue of cultural clash. The justice channels of Amish and that Ellie follows clash and she is caught in the middle. The story is absolutely compelling and when I started reading it, I couldn’t even drop it to get back to my studies. I was in university that time in 2008. This tangled murder mystery is unraveled slowly in the story, but there is so much more to it. It is a fascinating depiction of Amish life, involving psychological drama and courtroom suspense, and explores "the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.

Who can read this book?

The book is for those who can stand murder and crime investigation and enjoy a bit of psychological drama and courtroom suspense.

Jodi Picoult-The Author
Jodi Picoult-The Author | Source

About The Author

Picoult is a brilliant author who knows pretty well how to lift her readers up and keep them flying with her until the last page of the book is reached. So many drama and so much entertainment. Again the book is also educational as I learnt a bit about Amish culture which I never would have known if I haven’t read this novel.


I have enjoyed the book and therefore I highly recommend this book to any one who wants to read it.

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Other Books by Jodi Picoult

For your interest I also included other books by Jodi Picoult

Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992),

· Harvesting the Heart (1994),

· Picture Perfect (1995),Mercy (1996),

· The Pact (1998),Keeping Faith (1999),

· Plain Truth (2000),Salem Falls (2001),Perfect Match

· (2002),Second Glance (2003),

· My Sister's Keeper (2004),

· Vanishing Acts (2005),

· The Tenth Circle (2006)

· Nineteen Minutes (2007),

· Change of Heart (2008),

· Handle With Care (2009),

· House Rules (2010) — the last four of which debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, – and her newest novel,

· SING YOU HOME (2011)

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      The first time I read a Picoult book, I went back and read all of them. She is very talented, but I think now that she's caught in the "write a book every year" treadmill, she has a habit of putting a lawsuit in most of the books. Sometimes they are interesting and heartfelt, like in The Pact, and sometimes it just seems so frivolous that most courts wouldn't get so involved in a family matter. But I still read her books, I like the way she describes her characters, she does a great job. Lisa Scottoline writes mystery/suspense stuff, so does Faye Kellerman, if you want to figure out a puzzle which is not too gory.

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Ian, and what a wonderful hub this is.

      ...Picoult is a great writer; she has a unique writing style that sets her appart from the rest.

      Take care - voted up


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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I really appreciate your comment here. You made a very insightful comment and for sure a critical analyses with very few words...

      Thanks alot


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      gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

      Well, Ian, this is a well-written review. Imagine, you and I have read the same book!

      While I liked the book, and I think Ms. Picoult is a talented writer, I just didn't find the ending plausible. Messy endings seem to be a problem with a lot of young novelists these days. Anyway, I'd give this book 4 stars out of 5 for that very reason.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I am glad you can relate to the book because of where you live and where the story is based. yes its interesting to to read a book, watch a movie or hear a song that is local to you. I enjoy that to.

      By the way thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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      brielise 6 years ago

      I agree that this was a good book. I just watched the Lifetime movie, and it was surprisingly accurate from what I can remember. The only thing I didn't like in the book is that I grew up near Lancaster and I'd know exactly the place or area she was trying to describe but she'd list a road and then the wrong landmark. Of course this is total nitpicking, but it's just interesting when you read a book that is local to you.

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      Ian 6 years ago

      Hi Cardisa

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Really appreciate it. Yes you should get a copy and read it. I am sure you will enjoy the book.

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      Ian 6 years ago

      Hi Eddy

      Thanks for your encouraging comments. It's a book I read and till today still remember vividly as if I was in the story myself. Something about murder and mystery books I have come to enjoy.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I usually stay clear of book reviews but Ian, you have done it so well. First off, it's not one big blob on the page. I like how you segment each point that you wish to make. This was really good.

      I have never read this author before so I might give her a try.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a great review Ian and I will be looking out for this one.

      Thank you so much for sharing and I have to award this one an 'up up and away' here.

      Take care and enjoy your day;