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Plain Truth
Plain Truth
Author: Jodi Picoult
The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County -- known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn's mother is an unmarried Amis...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416547815
ISBN-10: 1416547819
Publication Date: 8/7/2007
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 659 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 14
An intriguing story of an Amish community caught up in an "English" trial. Picoult has a way with character development, and this is no exception. You quickly begin to care about these people, and I found myself looking forward to some reading time in order to lose myself in the calm and "plain" life they lead. It's a deeply moving plot, and beautifully crafted.
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Helpful Score: 12
I absolutely could not stop reading this book - I loved the characters, the story, and the ending. And I loved how I missed all the important clues that led up to the ending - they were there, but wonderfully subtle. I hate when I figure out the twist halfway through, and this book absolutely shocked me. A wonderful novel. I'd give it six stars if that were an option :-)
berries674 avatar reviewed Plain Truth on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Ok, I have to go against the grain here. As I did like this book (it's my 4th Piccoult) I felt it was repetitive and somewhat dragged out. The plot just seemed reiterated and recycled. I did find the insight into the Amish life and community to be of interest, but the storyline seemed anti-climactic, even with the twist (maybe because I had it nailed by mid-novel). My first Piccoult was My Sister's Keeper, and none have compared to that one in my opinion...I also feel her style is predicatble after a while.
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Helpful Score: 7
One of the best books that I have read in a very long time! One of Picoult's best! This is one of those books that suck you in one the very first page and will not let you go until it is finished. I even had dreams about the book! EXCELLANT!
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Helpful Score: 6
This is a great book with many twists and turns. The author also provides an insight into the Amish community and what it isn't, which was a blessing to me. I have read other books based on the Amish people, but this one seems to go a little deeper. The characters are varied and deeply developed, which made me feel as if I knew them. The ending was a bit of a surprise, and I also felt it wasn't a strong ending or one I walked away from feeling satisfied. Other than that, I loved the book!
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A suspenseful book revolving around the Amish way of life. Heartfelt and emotional at times. Very good read.
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Excellent book. I love Jodi Picoult, and I think this is one of her best novels to date. I live near an Amish town, and thought I knew a lot about the Amish, but this book was well researched and very interesting. Excellent story line - you will love it!
4iggies avatar reviewed Plain Truth on + 13 more book reviews
A cliff hanger to the very end. The ending is totally unexpected and was an enjoyable read, even though I had seen the movie.
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I enjoyed this book very much. The mystery kept me reading all through the book. I liked the character development, too.
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If you have read alot of Jodi's work I would think that you will figure this one out WAY before it ends... or if you have seen the movie. I liked it and enjoyed the few hours it killed to read it! But not a big one on my list of MUST reads.
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Awesome book. She does very well switching back and forth chapter to chapter to different problems happening at the same time. Keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next. Another twisted ending!
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Really enjoyed.
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really enjoyed this book!
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Very good!
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I love Jodi Picoult but this was by far one of her better books. I truly loved learning more about the Amish culture and hearing the story told from that persepctive. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
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Good book. I have liked every Jodi Picoult book that I have read. Not my favorite, but still a good read. Good twist at the end.
VintageNana avatar reviewed Plain Truth on + 28 more book reviews
Peacefull Paradise, Pennsylvania, a newborn baby found dead in the barn of an Amish farmer. Mother? An eighteen year old unmarried Amish woman who doesn't remember being pregnant much less giving birth. High profile Philadelphia defense attorney, happens to be a 2nd cousin, takes the case defending the mother. Good book; funny, sad, keeps you wondering who killed the baby; if it was murdered or died of natural causes.
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Not for Christian readers! Disappointing amounts of smut, completely objectifying of the female. Why was this necessary? Sex sells I guess. JP mentions the "small of the back" about 13 times. Ok, we get it, you're a back person. Other phrases are also way overused; I feel like JP is losing her touch as an intelligent author - the cliches were plentiful. Maybe this book was intended as a filler for her repertoire, or a dime-store paperback?
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I enjoyed this book until the courtroom scenes when it seemed to bog down. I have to admit though I couldn't really understand what motivated some of the characters to act as they did. I was really disappointed in the ending but was not surprised by it.
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A good look into the lives of the Amish people. Still, it seemed a little unlikely. I enjoyed the book. Like always, her books are entertianing, heartbreaking and easy reads.
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As always, Picoult, has written a very insightful book. Her characters are well defined and show all the strengths and frailties of people living ordinary lives but experiencing extraordinary events. I am an avid reader of Amish stories, but, of course, "Plain Truth" shows the underside of these unusual people. The story of Katie Fisher, an 18 year old Amish girl involved in an unsolved murder case and her defense lawyer, Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big city lawyer make for an intriguing read of the clash between two vastly different cultures.
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One of my favorites of Picoult's! Maybe a little predictable at the end, but nonetheless it was a nice storyline.
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Well written story with the added benefit of learning a lot about the Amish way of life. I enjoyed this book!

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Sara Fisher (mother) (Primary Character)
Katy Fisher (Major Character)