Tuesday 15 November 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

This book opens with a favourite quote of mine (and I do love quotes). 

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.

This leads to the unfolding of a story. Ruth is shaped by her past - her determined mother, her rebellious sister, and she becomes a labour and delivery nurse. She has worked for 30 years at her job, and something goes wrong at the hospital. Ruth is forbidden from treating a baby because of the colour of her skin. In court, Ruth is represented by Kennedy. This is Kennedy's first trial, she is used to attending arraignment hearings for the state defender.

Oh my goodness, I'd forgotten how much I love a great Jodi book.

Jodi spends a page or two at the end describing the interviews she conducted, the detailed research - it shows. Her dialogue is spot on, even the minor characters are startlingly accurate. The tension and the stakes rise, and we are thrust into almost unbearable drama.

And then of course there is the ultimate showdown of good against evil, right against wrong. Here we know we are in expert hands - this is the woman who gave us My Sister's Keeper (with the original, not the movie ending!).

Not a single disappointment. A rare treat.

5 stars

ISBN: 9780345544957

You may also enjoy My Sister's Keeper or Leaving Time, or The Storyteller by the same author.

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