'Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it.
Picoult has been incredibly successful in dissecting the pain that family members go through when faced with sensitive and emotive issues
Picoult, once again, grabs a razor-sharp issue and uses her brilliantly intricate pen to expose all the shades of grey with PERFECTION.
Picoult's appreciation of teen angst is exquisitely unwrapped . . . and on this form she is going to leave her readers impatient for more.
A suspenseful, richly layered drama . . . never loses its grip. The research is convincing, the plotting taught, the scenes wonderfully vivid . . . [An] absorbing, multidimensional portrait of an Amish clan
Impossible to put down
This is Picoult's greatest strength; her ability to inhabit other people's feelings, relishing the bits that are complex and contradictory . . . She is a master of her craft.
[H]er vivid characters have a depth and tenacity rarely found in blockbusters. Strong narrative control, a lack of sentimentality and robust but undogmatic research mark her out - as does her proven ability