Unlike the big screen, books let us wonder in our own imagination, creating characters out of the words that would us for a lifetime! Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite modern day authors, and each year I manage to include one of her books to my reading list. Although I have read many of her books.. I’d like to review the latest book I read written by her, second glance, a book I don’t think I will ever forget.
Her style of writing is remarkable, even though at first it’s really difficult to get used to but by then end of the novel you keep asking for more. Also the time and effort she has indeed put into researching on the topic of her book is extensive. The technical jargon that she relates to us gives us the perspective to a new understanding. Indeed her background information has given other books based on paranormal activity and detective work a run for their money.
The main theme of the story is blood lines, genes, DNA and Eugenics, it’s the characters that bring the theme to life. What I love the most about her books are how it all seems so real and relatable. Unlike unrealistic novels about vampires and witches, which contains deeper levels of understanding.. and yet some are just cheesy (don’t get me wrong I am an ardent fan of Harry Potter), Picoult brings out reality to some extent through the aspect of Ghosts in her novel. I am indeed scared of the whole idea of Ghosts and something I found disturbing in the book was how little Lucy was haunted by Lia and Simmone at some points and it all seemed so real. Her emphasis on Eugenics and the morality behind what seems to be happening, really caught my attention. How everything has both a good and a bad side, which also differs on a persons perspective and understanding is brought out by the characters of Spencer and Meredith, both doing somewhat similar jobs in two worlds of understanding!
All of her characters contribute equally to the creation of her amazing book. However a downside or I would have prefered if Picoult had given us more insight to the character of Lily, Lia’s daughter. Moreover the emphasis they have on Meredith is not very consistent as I would have liked it to be.
However despite all of that, I still love the book! Picoult is an amazing writer and her works is astoundingly perfect. Looking forward to read more of her books