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Summary

The compelling new story from number one best seller Jodi Picoult.

Diana O'Toole's life is going perfectly to plan. At 29, she's up for promotion to her dream job as an art specialist at Sotheby's, and she's about to fly to the Galápagos, where she's convinced her surgeon boyfriend, Finn, is going to propose. 

But then the virus hits New York City and Finn breaks the news: the hospital needs him, he has to stay. But you should still go, he insists. And reluctantly, she agrees.

Once she's in the Galápagos, the world shuts down around her, leaving Diana stranded - albeit in paradise. Completely isolated, with only intermittent news from the outside world, Diana finds herself examining everything that has brought her to this point and wondering if there's a better way to live. 

But not everything is as it seems....

©2021 Jodi Picoult (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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blooming heck, I usually live jodi picoult but this book bored me to tears. I couldn't finish it, couldn't listen any more. not for me

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Dull, cheesy and cliched

I love Jodi Picoult. I have read all of her books and enjoyed them all. This, however, is beyond dull. I almost gave up an hour in but persevered and wish I hadn’t bothered. The narration is ok but the story itself is so tedious. It feels as though Covid has been shoe horned in and it makes for a very weak plot. The character Diana is dreadful and I could feel no empathy towards her. We are supposed to believe she suddenly doubts her previously ‘perfect’ relationship and her behaviour is self centred. The other characters are also one dimensional so I didn’t really care what happened to any of them. Then there’s the lazy plot ‘twist’. But the biggest source of irritation for me was the constant use of cheesy imagery. At times it felt as though every second sentence was a ridiculous simile or metaphor that made me roll my eyes and even, at times, laugh out loud! Sorry, but despite being a Picoult fan this really was not for me.

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Boring ..

Usually love this author but stopped listening after an hour. Boring , feel she jumped on a covid bandwagon

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spoilers...

I love jodie books I'm a huge fan however I was always taught that the worst way to bring something surreal to a conclusion is to say oh I woke up and it was all a dream I feel that this has been the cop Out by using this method in the book what a shame.
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Not up to the author's usual high standard

I never thought I would give a bad review for a Jodi Picoult book (someone who I hold in high regard as an author), but this book was truly awful - well the amount I managed to listen to anyway. Maybe it got better further into the book, but I just couldn't listen to any more of it.

The first thing that made me cringe was the character in the first chapter who was selling a painting, This was so obviously Yoko Ono, and unless Yoko expressly forbade the author to use her name, then why oh why could she not have been a character in the book?? I'm sure this chapter was just to introduce the occupation of the main character of the story, and as such, either a totally fictional art lover could have been created by the author, or just say who the person was. To give a character a Japanese name, make her a widow, whose rock star husband was murdered on the steps of their New York apartment building (a building in the same neighbourhood as The Dakota and with a similar sounding name??!!) was just mind-boggling. Even people who had no real interest in John Lennon & Yoko Ono would have got the reference, which was as subtle as a brick!!

The story went from bad to worse after the horrendous first chapter. I had no empathy with Diana, the main character, and couldn't care less what happened next!

Sorry, Jodi, this was a most disappointing effort and nowhere near your normal standard of writing.

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Mixed feelings

I found this book quite hard to get through as it was so wordy. It started ok but the parts about her relationship with her mother were so repetitive. I also found Finn pretty boring aside from his amazing dedication to his patients and work. The description of the Galapagos was fantastic and I found the time she spent there was the best part of the book.

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meh!

I wasn't mad about the story at all. We are so sick heating about covid every day I dont need to hear about it when I'm trying to relax too 🤣 once the story was picking up there was a twist that totally ruined the flow. I wouldn't recommend.

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Very unexpected twist, best ending ever!

Desperate to visit the Galapagos Islands now, sounds an amazing place. Seems like a typical holiday story initially then a massive shift! Loved the guy who is still searching for his wife & daughter in another dimension, that brought tears to my eyes. Please do not let the subject of Covid put you off this book, obviously not a topic anyone wants to dwell on. It is a great story though - just a pity the Covid part is true!

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Not her best

This isn’t Jodie Picoult’s best work. I bought this on the strength of her other books and whilst I certainly enjoyed it and I certainly was hooked (finished in about 2 days) I wouldn’t recommend this as a starting point with her work. Also not great if you have recently suffered through Covid (who hasn’t?!) and just want to think about something that isn’t that for a bit!!

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Amazing perspective giving literature

I had no idea what this book was about, and bought it on the strength of her previous writing.
My initial disappointment was soon dashed by the cleverly woven story, and endearing, realistic characters.
Very humbling, and thought provoking without being preachy.