by Jodi Picoult
This is the third Jodi Picoult book I've ever read (the others being The Pact and The Tenth Circle), and while I'm a big fan of her books, this one is definitely my least favourite. It wasn't a bad book, but it's not particularly good either, it was just okay.Summary: Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens--until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes--or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show--destroying the closest of friendships and families.
The problem, I think, was that the book was just far too drawn out. There were too many characters whose points of view were being forced on us, to the point where it just got hard to care about any of them. And the most interesting characters were the ones we heard from the least.
The thing is...I get what the book was doing. It was telling the other sides of stories like this, the ones we don't usually hear. But it was too much. It was trying to tell too many different sides of the story, to the point where it just became this thing that went on and on and when it finally got to the point, I hardly cared anymore, I just wanted to be done with the book.
It was interesting seeing things from the shooters POV, to see what would lead him to do what he did. It was interesting seeing his lawyers POV, because I'd always wondered how someone could do a job like that--defend someone they know to be guilty of a horrible crime. It was interesting seeing Josie's POV because she had been there, she'd been friends with both the victims and the killer. Even her mums POV wasn't boring because her being a judge made it different than the usual parent side of things.
But then we also had the POV of both of Peter's parents and they were predictable and boring and it felt like any time we were seeing things from their perspective the story started to drag. The detectives POV wasn't as bad, because there was a cute kind of subplot he had but still...it was too much.
Basically, I liked the book, but it didn't have the emotional impact that a story like this should have and it felt like the author was trying to cram too much into the story and certain things could've been cut (or simply shown through other POV's) without it having any impact on the overall plot.
I'd rate the book 3 stars out of 5.