Title: A Spark of Light
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner
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Having not read a Jodi Picoult book in a while, picking up this new book, A Spark of Light, let me know why I starting reading her books in the first place. She has a way of making you invest in her characters before you figure out their rights and wrongs. When her characters shock you or are not what you expect, you still can’t help but like, love or hate them, which is the case in A Spark of Light.
This suspense thriller is about an abortion clinic that ends up having a not so happy parent, who feels he should take out his anger on everyone in the clinical upon his arrival. Everything starts happening fast even though as your reading feels like it is happening in slow motion. What makes this book unique is it’s told backwards. It starts at five o’clock in the evening and you take the journey until eight o’clock in the morning. When I first starting reading it I thought this would ruin the story for me but I was wrong.
As the story continues you learn more by the hour about the characters and why they came to this clinical on that day and at that particular time. This makes it easy to fully invest in them and wanting to know how this situation will play out. The characters have different views on the services the clinic offers and you find that some are pro-choice and some are not. It is a well written book that makes you think and feel, which is probably what Picoult set out to do, make people think about abortion, life and how hard the decision would be and also what a teenager or adult woman goes through when having to make said decision.
This was an intense read for me but it was worth the suspense, being on the edge of my seat and learning so much about each individual being affected by one man’s anger. It was a well-researched book, which shows throughout the pages. I believe this is a story that should be told through film. I know I would watch it.