- 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
Interesting mystery with lots of twists thrown in. Discovered the murderer on the last page.Published 8 days ago by Nancy Y in IL
The book is now 15 year's old so it's a bit dated, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. Was hoping a little more insight into Amish living. Read morePublished 17 days ago by ChrisSOracle
As usual Jodie Piccoult tackles some controversial subjects but always with compassionPublished 24 days ago by Dixie Butler
It kept my interest to the point I could hardly put it down! Very surprise ending!!!Published 27 days ago by Cator Hartley
One is asked to describe the book in one word. Four of the six fit: Hopeful, dark, suspenseful and thoughtful. Which to choose? Read morePublished 1 month ago by CAimp
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