Jodi Picoult loves to write about “hot button” issues; “A Spark of Light” is no exception. Set in the office of a Women’s health clinic this story is told in reverse hour by hour.
A crazed gunman busts into the clinic and isn’t afraid to kill his hostages.
Everyone has their own back story as to what brought them to the clinic.. even the gunman. We get to see into the lives of the doctor, the woman getting an abortion, the woman finding out she’s pregnant, even the girl who just showed up to get birth control.
One thing I love about Picoult is her vast research into her topics. I did feel like the story was very one sided.. despite the fact that some characters were “pro life” and some (aka MOST) were “pro choice”. I think no matter what side of the fence you are on you can learn something from the other POV.
Another thing that kind of put me off was that there were too many characters. I didn’t really feel a connection to any of them. This may not be my favorite Picoult novel, but I appreciate her boldness to write about a topic so relevant to the issues women deal with every day. Abortion is not a light hearted matter, no matter the outcome or circumstances. So I hope readers learn something from the women in this book.
I am forever thankful for my love of reading, if more people picked up a book once in a while.. we’d all be a lot more opened minded.
In the wise words of Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird”: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
And of course.. with and Jodi Picoult novel you might get a twist or two at the end.