The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.
When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide, and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within, to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.
©2000 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"Absorbing and affecting." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The story's quietude is appropriate, given its magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters." (Publishers Weekly)
This was my first Jodi Picoult book so a novice apart from seeing my sister's keeper film.
I was hooked right from the start with this story which I found the narrators brought to life brilliantly and helped me get totally absorbed.
I'm fairly new to audio books which I can't see past now but I have to play samples as some narrators do put me off
The Amish storyline was very insightful and intriguing and although I'd seen a very interesting documentary on TV recently about Amish teens our lack of familiarity to the culture in the UK isn't an obstacle to understanding and affinity.
Saying that -I could've had 'a word' with Katy's dad at times but that was his 'culture'(and a wee bit of stubborn men being a pain in the backside! ha ha)
Ellie was a great character and I loved the progression of the Katy - Ellie relationship.
I was slightly apprehensive about what the end would bring after some reviews were disappointed but I had inkling throughout and was satisfied with the end.
I'm excited reading other reviews from JP fans that this isn't her best book and as I thought it was brilliant I can't wait to listen to more!
I highly recommend this audio book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I'm a novice reviewer but would urge everyone to do it - Thanks to previous reviewers as they do help me in making title decisions.
Thanks for audio books also they are amazing - I love books but as a working mum with very little time for reading, audio books have been a god send and I can listen to them doing the chores, walking the dog, in the car and have even tuned in in tesco!!
I get so much more out of listening to a book than I have reading them over the years!
Not a bad story, but trading on the general public's view of a community which is traditionally peace-loving and isolationist. Hard for an English person to empathise with as there is no equivalent in the UK. Nevertheless, a gripping story to begin with, but too long overall and with an end that spoiled the whole thing for me.
I couldn't stop listening.
The look into the Amish world was fascinating and the main characters really came alive.
The readers were also excellent.
Learing about the Amish ways of life I found endearing and interesting, as so the story with its take on the Law making it such a good read.
This was my 6th in a stream of Picoult books; having become thoroughly hooked on her form and style. Although she does follow very similar structures in her writing, the subject matter is always something so clever, well researched and fresh that I feel that, not only do I enjoy the book, but feel enlightened afterwards. Though this is not my favourite of her works, I recommend it highly. The lead characters are utterly engaging, and I felt that sense of loss when finishing the story, which is telling of an author's job well done.
Loved this story. I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult, although if you listen a lot they do get kind of predicable. This story was fascinating, it made me think of normal everyday things in a different way like the Amish. Excellently told and I didn't want it to end. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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