- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 16 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: August 11, 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000HOL5X0
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Plain Truth tells the story of an 18-year-old Amish girl, Katie Fisher, who secretly gives birth to a child out of wedlock. Mysteriously the baby disappears and a few hours later is found dead in the barn located on the Fisher farm. After an initial investigation, Katie is charged with murder and a Philadelphia attorney, Ellie Hathaway, is set to defend her case. Adding to the fascination of this particular murder trial is the fact that Katie Fisher is Amish, and the Amish convictions are very different from others in the English world. The fact that an Amishman, who by nature does not believe in confrontation and violence, would kill another is entirely unheard of.
Plain Truth is a very intricate and richly detailed tapestry of Amish life and a court case that shocked the small town of East Paradise Township. Each page turned revealed a little more of the mystery and added to the bewilderment and beauty of the story. There is much to be said about this novel because it is so much more than just what is written on the back of the book. It is truly a three dimensional piece of work that kept me in awe and rapt attention until the surprising (and completely unalluded to) ending. A novel of true page-turner status that will reveal bits and pieces, layer by layer, until the very end.
Initially I liked the book and it kept me reading, though maybe just out of habit. I enjoyed reading about the Amish way of life and the Amish traditions - though it did make me think of that Harrison Ford movie, Witness (circa 1989 or something). I like that she used one first person voice as well as the third person narrative in a well crafted and varied way.
I like that her main character has a powerful job that challenges gender stereotypes by being the morally questionable lawyer. That being said, she doesn't explore this as well as she could. We sort of forget that Ellie has blatantly suppressed evidence and watched as little girls saw their rapist acquitted. Rape, she can defend, but infanticide creates some problems for the notorious defense attorney.
Something about the book bothered me. Maybe I am reading too many of her books too fast but I am seeing a formula here.
- Many of her plots include a court room drama.
- All of her plots feature romance or end with the obvious potential for one.
- Mothers and their powerful (all encompassing, self-sacrificing) love for their children are a theme in all of her books I've read.
- There is usually a "twist" at the end. She's becoming Koontz like in her formulaic predictability and I stopped reading his novels as a teenager.
Most of her books left me content, like I'd eaten a good, hearty meal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You learned a lot about Amish culture. You felt very connected to the people and came to love and appreciate them for who they were. The novel was hard to put downPublished 7 days ago by Martha King
With Plain Truth, write Jodi Picoult takes us right into unfamiliar territory of Paradise, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County into the heart of a tight fold Amish community. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Sharanya K C
The author has as superb gift to offer perspectives of the Amish lifestyle (=how to be plain) in contrast to the average person living in America (=English meaning non-Amish). Read morePublished 26 days ago by sybille Nelson
So while I am reading this, I keep thinking Picoult, she is a female John Grisham! The twists and turns in this story were totally engrossing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nichole Wise
The book was predictable. Not my favorite. Quick and easy read.Published 1 month ago by Lauren Edwards
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