PUBLISHER: Random House Canada
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2nd, 2018
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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with others. Just look at the cover of this book!! Totally amazing!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
At Mississippi’s sole remaining women’s reproductive services clinic, a gunman bursts in and takes its patients and staff hostage. The stories that brought these individuals to the clinic vary, from a woman awaiting cancer screening results to a protestor hoping to catch the clinic in a scandal that could be used in a pro-life campaign. Then there is the police hostage negotiator, whose daughter is also trapped inside the facility, and the gunman himself, who has a vendetta to carry out. Meanwhile, across the state, a seventeen-year-old woman lands in the hospital after an attempt to self-terminate her pregnancy and is subsequently charged by the pro-life DA for the murder of her unborn child. They, too, are connected to the events unfolding in the clinic.
As the book moves backward in time, each chapter set one hour earlier than the last, we learn how all these people and their stories are unwittingly connected–and that none of these characters’ reasons for being where they are at this fateful place and time are exactly what it appears at first glance.
Wow! Just wow! This novel is heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and incredible! Jodi Picoult has done it yet again with another pulse-pounding novel that will leave readers thinking about this novel long after they have finished reading it!
I absolutely loved how uniquely written this book was – written in reverse timeline. Every chapter was written an hour previous to the last chapter, and it was unique and I loved it. It allowed us the reader to slowly gain more pieces of the puzzle and get a clearer picture of what is going on and the events that lead to where the book started (the ending). We slowly learn what brought each person to the clinic and their individual stories.
This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read chapter after chapter, biting your nails and frantically flipping through the pages to see which direction this story will take next. You will feel many different emotions while reading this novel, so be sure to have a box of tissues handy.
We get glimpses into the lives and thoughts of each of the hostages that day as well as a glimpse into their lives beforehand, and experience their thoughts and emotions while they are held hostage in the clinic. We also get an understanding of what brought each of them into the clinic on that fateful day and the factors in their lives that have led them to make the decisions that they have made.
A book you will surely love! Be sure to grab your copy today if you haven’t already read this novel! You will love it!