Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

image Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult


I’m a fan of Picoult simply because she writes such thought-provoking stories. Her books are filled with ‘what ifs’, and they force us to think about controversial issues that we otherwise might close our eyes to.


As I get more and more familiar with her work though, they start to become predictable. You know there’s going to be a twist, and sometimes you even know what the twist is going to be right from the beginning.


That’s what happened for me with this book.


Shay Bourne, who’s on death row convicted of murdering June Nealon’s husband and daughter, wants to donate his heart to June Nealon’s remaining daughter, Claire, after his execution.


It’s his way of trying to make amends, giving his heart to save June Nealon’s younger daughter, since he was responsible for the death of the rest of her family. What makes it more interesting is that Shay starts healing the sick, resurrecting the dead, and making other unexplainable miracles happen. Is he the Messiah, or is he a fake?


Either way, June Nealon’s not willing to forgive him, and she can’t imagine having the heart of the man who murdered her family, beating in the chest of her last remaining family. But Claire will die if she doesn’t get a heart soon, and June has to decide what’s more important, her hatred for the man who destroyed her happy family, or her love for her youngest daughter.


My brain was working overtime with all the ‘what ifs’, there were so much to think about in this book. The Messiah angle, the heart transplant angle, the death sentence angle…


Even though I guessed the twist early on in the beginning, it didn’t deter from my enjoyment of the book and the telling of the story. As with all Picoult’s books, I think this is another must-read for all.


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