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"[R]ichly textured and engaging."
-- The Boston Globe
"Picoult is a solid, lively storyteller."
-- The New York Times
"What is it about a Jodi Picoult novel that wraps the reader tighter than a spider's silk in the...intricacies of story? Never more gripping is the master plotter than in this, the story of Delia Hopkins."
-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
"Picoult creates compelling...characters...in a landscape that is fleshed out in rich, journalistic detail, so that readers will come away with intriguing questions."
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About the Author
Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.
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She brings her characters to life so vividly. I fell in love with her dad even though his actions are questionable. The love her father has for her is awesome. The friendship Delia has with Fitz and Eric is a great story, too. Picoult knows how to keep you guessing. I loved this story! On to the next...
I'm always a fan when there's a female protagonist, and one in law enforcement is only a bonus. Delia Hopkins is smart, feisty, caring, and sharp as a tack. Even when her idyllic life in New Hampshire is shattered by the revelation that her name isn't Delia and that, while being her biological parent, her father had taken her from her mother in Arizona when she was a little girl, violating a custody agreement with his ex-wife.
With her father headed back to Arizona to stand trial for kidnapping, Delia and her daughter follow him while her fiancée, a lawyer, takes his case with the aide of a local friend. The centerpiece of the trial becomes Delia's memories of a past she always thought she was only imagining. All the while, her father sits in the county jail, with a cell mate who's career in the free world is a meth dealer/cook.
This book is often sold as an exploration of memories. With this sort of marketing strategy, I always fear the possibility that the central element of the plot will overshadow everything else. This thankfully was not the case. The exploration of memories, specifically Delia's memories, was nicely integrated and it was all more interesting as a result.
This book was interesting across the board. The characters, many of them trading off narrating duties, were all well-developed. The scene descriptions of New Hampshire and Arizona were all breath-taking...I totally want to visit these places. Best of all, this unabridged audio book had a different voice actor every time a different character took over as the narrator. That alone was absolutely great as it gave even more life to these characters, many of whom I was already willing to sit down with for coffee. For all these elements and more, I absolutely recommend this book and I'm convinced that Jodi Picoult is just as great in her other works. Enjoy.