Top positive review
A Little Confusing at Frst, but Excellent Characters
August 5, 2018
A Spark of Light follows two storylines. The main story line is about a day at a women’s health clinic. All seems normal. The protestors are outside, nervous women are inside. Doctors and nurses shuffle around to help their patients in the best possible way. Then, the unexpected occurs. A gunman enters the clinic and starts shooting. Hugh is called. He is a police officer who is known for his skills of talking people down, talking them into surrendering. So, it is a normal job for him, until he finds out that his daughter and sister are inside. Then, all that matters to him in the entire world is on the line.
The minor story line is about Beth, a young woman who has been arrested for taking abortion drugs in an illegal manner. She desperately needs her father, but he is too ashamed, too angry.
The thing that makes this story unique is that Picoult tells this story backwards. Each chapter is an hour in real time. We start with the intruder dealing with Hugh after having shot some people. We work back to what brought the characters to the clinic that day. At first, I found this confusing. After all, it is very unusual, and something to which readers are not accustomed. After I became used to it, however, I could see that the surprises that Picoult withheld until the end had more impact.
As usual, Picoult’s characters are true-to-life, and as the reader reads, they become people about whom we care very much. This is a book that must be experienced!
The title of this book has a special meaning. I do not want to spoil that surprise.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.