Plain Truth

Jodi Picoult
From the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper comes the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country -- and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm. The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain," Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within -- to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.


Reviewed: 2016-10-11

"Plain Truth" had a really interesting start. It was written around the time that all of the Amish shows were becoming more and more popular on television. I have visisted Amish country before and their customs are alarming and can be seen as creepy. The book is set up where we truly do not know what happened untill the last chapter of the story. It follows a court case and with every court case, there is always speculation to keep you guessing. This was not my favorite story because of the sensitive nature with a baby dying in the first few chapters of the book. It is difficult to understand the Amish family dynamic as well but it can be translated to any seriously religious family. I liked the book but it wasn't my favorite.

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