A Spark of Light
By Jodi Picoult
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.
“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.”—The Washington Post
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.
After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.
But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.
Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.
One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.
Praise for A Spark of Light
“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.”—People
“Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult’s compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues.”—Us Weekly
Incredibly disappointed-1By beach,read,shopHave read every JP novel, this will be my last. First book by any author I haven’t finished in years. I am so incredibly disappointed and unhappy with this book.
Hard to follow1By jsm1218I did not enjoy the backwards narrative of this book. Had to read the jacket of the book to determine why it was written that way. The ending was very thrown together and did not satisfactorily wrap up the majority of the story lines. First Jodi Picoult book that I struggled to finish reading.
Amazing5By JamesonKerseyThis book is informative but also a heart wrenching story that keeps you engaged. If you’re pro life read this book.
Sad and hard to read2By coolcrocidileI love Jodi Picoult and have always admired her ability to show all sides of controversial issues. But I was disappointed in how, in Spark of Light, pro life characters seem like whack jobs and extremist. I am a Christian from Mississippi and pro life. I believe that life begins at conception. However, I am not naive enough to believe that there aren't lots of God fearing Bible toting ladies of the south secretly getting abortions. I just think the book stigmatizes Southern Christian folks who, by in large, are just like any other people around the world. We are not all extremist nut cases like this book portrays. Shame on you Jodi for stereotyping.
A spark of light5By Jaynice M.Must read!! Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, I finish one book and anticipate the next release. Haven’t been disappointed by a single one of her books. A Spark of Light was amazing, it definitely made you think about the controversial topic of abortion.
Very Disappointing1By Gardening AnnieI usually love Jodi Picoult book but this one makes me cautious about buying another one of her books. The story line bounces from forward to backward, so that you know what happens later in the day and spend the rest of the book going backwards—insane! It gets bogged down in detail about medical procedures and does not provide closure on some characters. I don’t usually give such low ratings to books, as a writer I know how much time it takes to write a story but this book deserves the one star I gave it. Very disappointing.
A long, drawn-out torturous read...2By Rivadita3This was one of the worse Jodi Picault novels yet. The storyline was ridiculously drawn out and read more like a preaching treatise than a compelling novel. The entire story could have been told in three chapters. This author is off my reading choice list...
Simple prose, predictable story, a waste of time.1By Lady GrossmanSimple prose, predictable story, a waste of time.
Perfect and Breathtaking4By CoCoCapturesThe backwards way of reading and interpreting this story may be to give full appreciation to each character apart from their separate personal and accidental tragedies. But it was very hard to start. I absolutely Loved her details, thoroughly researched medical perspectives, and legal points. I will not stop thinking about this book for a very long time as a woman, a mother, and an Women’s Health Nurse
Unclear ending!3By AdiloveeI love all of Jodi’s books, really dives into the gray areas in controversial topics. I am so sad that I didn’t get closure with so many characters! I want to know what happens to Izzy and Bex!!! So confusing!😭