A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

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 w...


Details A Spark of Light

TitleA Spark of Light
ISBN9780345544988
Author
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult
Rating

Reviews A Spark of Light

  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    We are all drowning slowly in the tide of our opinions, oblivious that we are taking on water every time we open our mouths. Isn’t that the truth? Regardless of topic, circumstance or person—and whether you have the guts or gumption to share it—deep down, we all have an opinion about everything. Each of us find ourselves walking through life, in our own versions of reality, shaped by past experiences, mistakes, upbringing, religion and ofte...
  • Debra
    1970-01-01
    "Today, Wren McElroy thought, was not a good day to die."This book begins with a hostage situation at the local Center. The Center is a place for women (and teens) to go and get birth control, have gynecological examinations, and obtain abortions. It is known as a woman's reproductive health services clinic. Naturally there are those who do not want such a clinic in their community and there are those who are thankful that it is there.One day a m...
  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    Author Jodi Picoult is no stranger to controversy, and it seems somehow fitting that she should tackle the contentious issue of a woman's right to abortion in this, her latest offering. Set in a women's reproductive health services clinic, now becoming a rare commodity, the story kick starts with a bang with a desperate gunman shooting at those within the clinic and holding them hostage. The narrative then proceeds to go back in time to the start...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    1970-01-01
    I am either hit or miss with this author and for me this was a miss. I knew from the blurb, which is incredibly extensive, that there will be a shooting at a women’s health clinic where abortions were being performed. I did not know however that this book was going to be entirely about abortions. This was not particularly a problem for me but here is why I didn’t really enjoy the book.First of all the book is told in reverse order so we alrea...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    It’s been years since I’ve read Picoult. It’s been so long that I can’t recall which of her books I did read. This one begins at an abortion/women’s health clinic during a hostage crisis. Told in reverse chronological order, the story examines the abortion issue from both sides by presenting characters who wind up in a hostage situation for a multitude of reasons. Some are there to terminate or to prevent a pregnancy. Some are there to ...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Oh my god you guys, I actually read this book months ago and I’m still thinking about it today. As soon as I received a copy I dropped everything and started it and it totally blew me away. It has her trademark hard hitting subject matter and deeply moving storyline and she rips her storylines straight from the headlines like no ones else does. If you read one book I recommended this year I urge you to make it this one, I feel like we can all l...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Jodi Picoult is one of those reliable authors that manage to keep you turning the pages with every one of their books that you read. I was really excited to read her new one A Spark of Light because I know she always delivers the goods! A book that grabs at both sides of the story, sucks you in and brings in all the feels! This time it is about abortion.Hugh is a police negotiator called in to talk to a gunman after he opens fire at an abortion c...
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is a fictional title that tackles the very tough subject of abortion so it may not be for everyone. The story is one that doesn’t take sides but instead tries to shed light all around in a suspenseful setting. The format is also a bit different and unusual in the fact that the author chose to start at the end and go backward from there counting back the hours and one horrific day in the small community clinic.No...
  • Chris
    1970-01-01
    Once again, Jodi Picoult has given us a novel that is thought-provoking and poignant and powerful -- with a litany of compelling, deeply affecting characters. What makes this novel especially interesting is the narrative structure: Think "Time's Arrow" by Martin Amis. The story moves backwards, and then flashes forward to a stunning epilogue. And what a story it is: a hostage situation at the last clinic in Mississippi that performs abortions. So...
  • sue
    1970-01-01
    I should have paid attention more fully, I didn’t realise on Net Galley the publishers were only offering an exclusive first chapter, all this has done is frustrate me until I can get my hands on the entire book.This starts with a hostage situation.It’s told in only the professional way a talented author can tell for her readers to actually feel scared in amongst all the mayhem.I can’t wait to read more. Thank you Hodder & Stoughton but I n...
  • Pauline
    1970-01-01
    A Spark of Light by Jodi Picolt is a story of people caught up in a hostage situation in a medical centre. I did not realise that I had only been given an ARC of the first chapter of this book.and I would really like to read more to see how the story progresses.
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    Awesome! There is no controversial issue that Jodi Picoult will not tackle. This book is about abortion and all facets are explored during the course of an attack on an abortion clinic. You are exposed to all sides of the issue - whether you are pro-life or pro-choice this book will make you dig deep inside yourself and think about things like when does life start? When does a cell dividing become a person? At what point does a fetus have rights?...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    1970-01-01
    All the feels & the stars for Queen Jodi’s latest. Another timely book that’s not afraid to tackle tough subjects with her traditional flair. Detailed review to come closer to publication in October. Thank you to Random House for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
  • Marianne
    1970-01-01
    A Spark of Light is the twenty-third novel by popular American author, Jodi Picoult. In Jackson, Mississippi, a women’s clinic that provides, amongst other services, abortions is targeted daily by pro-life campaigners. They harass the staff and the clients as they enter and leave. But today is different: a gunman has entered the building and begun shooting.Trained police hostage negotiator, Detective Lieutenant Hugh McElroy is soon on the scene...
  • Lindsey
    1970-01-01
    Many, many thanks to Random House for my free copy! A Spark of Light was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 as Jodi Picoult is my all time favorite author and I’m honored to be able to provide an early review.Jodi Picoult knows how to tackle the most relevant and controversial topics of our time. A woman’s right to choose is something I feel very strongly about. Between that and the fact that there is a shooter situation (Nineteen Mi...
  • Tania
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. This is the 26th book I've read by Jodi Picoult, currently my most read author. I finished A Spark of Light in one day, and found it well-written, thought-provoking and informative. This time JP writes about abortion, pro-choice vs pro-life, and how the intensity of the feelings about these decisions can drive people to extreme actions. The book starts where a distressed father storms into a women’s reproductive health services clini...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    A SPARK OF LIGHT By Jodi PicoultI used to go to meet Jodi Picoult every year she came out with a new book. I found her to be one of the most engaging and personable authors I have ever met. At one time I owned all of her books starting out with her very first one. I stopped reading her for the last ten years and this new book coming out in March, 2018, "A SPARK OF LIGHT," I loved very much. It is my favorite book by her and probably one of the be...
  • Kylie D
    1970-01-01
    I tried to like this book, I really did, but I found it to be preachy and boring as batshit. I kept finding excuses to put it down and not get back to it, which is unlike me. The reverse chronology of the chapters I found to be disjointed and annoying, and because of this I couldn't connect with any of the characters. And a graphic abortion scene? I mean really? Does anybody need to read that? I know this is Jodi Picoult and it will probably be a...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    1970-01-01
    I always find that writing a novel from end to beginning is a phenomenal feat that is either a hit or miss for me. I commend writers who sign on for the task but books of this nature are not always easy to read or follow. Jodi Piccoult manages to write in reverse as well as confront the hot topic of abortion rights in a way only someone as skilled as she can. As I sit here and consider where to start for my review of A Spark of Light I'm not sure...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    1970-01-01
    My thanks to the publisher for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Jodi Picoult has said in recent interviews that this was her most challenging book to write, and I can believe it. Told in reverse order, this story about an abortion clinic being held up at gunpoint by a pro-lifer explores the inner workings of several characters — the hostages and victims — , and somehow Picoult manages to write about this day in reverse wit...
  • Brandie
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. Very powerful read. I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt and would’ve liked to know more about how the characters were doing after the fact. Other than that, I enjoyed reading this one despite the difficult subject matter. Definitely a controversial and book club worthy read!
  • Kasa Cotugno
    1970-01-01
    Once again, Jodi Picoult mines the front pages for material that is timely, sensitive and divisive. In these days of disruption and turmoil, the subject of abortion is on every front page because of the impending changing face of the U.S. Supreme Court. Already in place are restrictions in deep south states making a woman's right to choose impossible to implement. Here, Picoult puts human faces on both sides of the debate, although it is clear on...
  • Kailey C
    1970-01-01
    Unpopular opinion alert- maybe I wasn’t in the mindset for this but this one just didn’t do it for me. Definitely very heavy topics with a lot of triggers (gun/active shooter and abortion) but it just felt so politicized. There was also a very graphic abortion description that was horrific to read. I skipped to the end to see what happened but I found myself not really caring to read all of the in between. I thought the flipping back and fort...
  • Shannon
    1970-01-01
    It’s really hard to write a review with so many different POVs. Especially when the subject matter is a tough topic such as abortion.In A Spark of Light, you hear every side. You understand and/or you don’t. The story is told in reverse which I loved. Anytime a story is told differently like that is a win for me. There are a ton of characters in this story, each come with different beliefs and upbringings. The novel starts at 5pm with an acti...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    Jodi Picoult is the master of writing about controversial subjects! A Spark of Light takes place in the aftermath of a shooting/hostage situation at an abortion clinic. The story moves back in time and we learn about each character layer by layer. While the book didn't change my opinion on abortion, I appreciated reading the viewpoints of the characters whether pro-life or pro-abortion and the struggles each faced in making a decision. Very well ...
  • The Book Review Café
    1970-01-01
    Review to follow