A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light

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The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center a women's reproductive health services clinic its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. Jodi Picoult one of the most fearless writers of our time tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation. and, hopefully, understanding"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345544988
0345544986
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 25 cm

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lauz32 Dec 09, 2018

“this was indeed some crazy world, where the waiting period to get an abortion was longer than the waiting period to get a gun.” And with that sentence I was hooked. Interestingly the book starts at the end of a day and finishes at the start of the day in question. The book looks at the different viewpoints of various people on the controversial topic of abortion and the pro choice vs pro life debate and regardless of your opinion on the matter, the ending leaves the reader with a few surprises and a lot to think about. An though provoking, and necessary read.

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Roxy0125
Nov 27, 2018

I was really looking forward to reading this book because of the topic. I have read almost all of Picoult's books and have loved them however this book left a lot to be desired. I found myself skipping paragraphs and struggling to get through it solely based on the writing style. The book starts off well and then flounders because the chapters are in reverse. The story goes backwards and feels very redundant because we already know the climax of the story from the first chapter.

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nannianni
Nov 26, 2018

Confusing and poorly written. Very disappointing. The subject could be an outstanding book.

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cgull
Nov 19, 2018

A disappointing book from Jodi Picoult. I didn’t like her writing style in this one and often found it repetitious. Not up to her usual writing standard.

Hillsboro_jenniFerg Nov 12, 2018

I actually enjoyed the writing style of this book. It was different for sure, starting from the culminating moment and then working backwards...but I sort of enjoyed it. I've read most of Jodi Picoult's books. I appreciate how she takes on controversial topics, but manages to stay neutral, which is what she does in A Spark of Light. I didn't think it was her best writing, and I even found a few parts to be a little redundant, but the book kept me interested enough to see it through.

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caj1222204441801
Nov 10, 2018

Her books are usually top of the lot. This one missed by a mile. It was though she wrote it without caring. Characters were weak. Sorry, from her this was not her best effort.

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pharra19
Nov 08, 2018

I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books, and admire the way she tackles difficult subjects.
But I found the writing style of this book extremely frustrating: it was incredibly difficult to follow the story line by reading the chapters backwards.
It all felt very gimmicky, and overshadowed the power of her subject.

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LaurieAaland
Nov 08, 2018

Perfect, as always! Her novels stay with me, in my heart and mind, for a long, long time.

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jmuscat
Nov 05, 2018

Was surprised with this book from one of my favourite authors. Usually she enthralls me with her message. Not this time. The going back and forth was very confusing, and frustrating.

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LibraryLES
Oct 29, 2018

I am a big Jodi Picoult fan, but this book was not a favorite. I didn't think the story being written in reverse did anything but confuse the reader. Normally I am emotionally drawn into her books but was not with this one. Disappointed in this book.

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