A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult


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 with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

My Review:

A Spark of Light deals with a heavy topic on abortion clinc shooting. So there be some strong trigger warnings for this book. Jodi books always deal with realistic storyline. Also have tons of points of views that comes together in the end, like all her books.

I did liked this book, but not really love it. For me I kept loosing focused on the story and was not connected well with the characters. This is not my favorite Jodi book. I’m still looking forward reading more of her books when they come out. This one was on my shelf for years, so I took a chance. This book is mostly a library read for me and won’t read again. Some of you guys may liked it better than me. This book deals again with sensitive topic and not be for everyone.

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