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jodie picout - which is her best book in your opinion?

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juicychops Sat 06-Nov-10 22:01:19

i have read my sister's keeper and vanishing acts. i have a load of others to read - which shall i start with?

DebiTheScot Sat 06-Nov-10 22:03:12

I'm half way through My Sister's Keeper and loving it. I've also read one about Amish people which was very good. I think it was her that wrote it anyway.

DebiTheScot Sat 06-Nov-10 22:08:15

Plain Truth it was called. I just googled it.

mummy2be76 Sat 06-Nov-10 22:10:01

I've read them all! Fantastic reads - I loved most of them. I've got half of them in hard backs as I couldn't wait to read them! The one I like the least was 'songs of a hump back whale'. I love the way she makes you feel for people/characters you really normally don't WANT to feel for.

DanceInTheDark Sat 06-Nov-10 22:11:19

They are all similar tbh. There is one about an indian man (Shay Bourne) but i can't think what that is called.

scottishmummy Sat 06-Nov-10 22:13:56

i read one picoult and it was turgid and stereotypical,never again

NoahAndTheWhale Sat 06-Nov-10 22:16:57

They are nearly all basically the same story.

I read my sister's keeper first. Really liked it so read others. Only one which wasn't the same story with different details was Plain Truth

juicychops Sat 06-Nov-10 22:20:24

which one did you read scottishmummy?

scottishmummy Sat 06-Nov-10 22:23:07

got it free with a mag 10th it and then felt sullied

RoseMortmain Sat 06-Nov-10 22:55:14

Shay Bourne is in Change of Heart, there's also a couple of characters from Keeping Faith who make a brief appearance in it.

I agree that once you've read more than one or two then you've read them all.

She's deviated slightly from the prescribed plot line with Picture Perfect and Second Glance but all the rest are almost identical with crap 'Year-6=story-writing' standard endings. She seems to churn them out far too quickly now and it doesn't improve fairly poor writing anyway. I hate the way she forces you to know what the characters are thinking/feeling/motivated by. I'd rather think about some of that for myself.

If you like human interest stories then Anita Shreve or Anne tyler are much better writers.

AnnVeronica Sun 07-Nov-10 11:58:23

Most of them are crapola, but I actually really like Plain Truth.

TheFoosa Sun 07-Nov-10 18:13:26

19 minutes

Spinaroo Sun 07-Nov-10 18:17:35

Loved my sister's keeper- its my fave.

Go for Vanishing acts next.
Salem Falls
19 minutes
The Pact

The Tenth circle- not so much

tiredemma Sun 07-Nov-10 21:20:18

my sisters keeper my fave
plain truth second
salem falls next
nineteen mins thereafter....

5Foot5 Mon 08-Nov-10 19:27:25

I have only recently discovered her books and so far read three and am half way through my fourth (Vanishing Acts). They do seem a little formulaic but I mostly enjoy them.

I think the one I have enjoyed best so far is Salem Falls

misdee Mon 08-Nov-10 19:35:37

Change of Heart

i shouldnt have read it so soon aftetr dh transplant, but am glad i did.

misdee Mon 08-Nov-10 19:37:07

Plain Truth also good.

but Handle with Care is a real tear-jerker.

jamaisjedors Fri 12-Nov-10 16:39:50

god salem falls was terrible drivel. Don not read that one.

jamaisjedors Fri 12-Nov-10 16:40:10

oops sorry 5foot5 blush

ghoulishglendawhingesagain Sat 13-Nov-10 22:35:45

Plain Truth quite good. But after 2 or 3 they just made me annoyed, the way she tries so blatantly to manipulate the reader/tug on the heart strings. Writing pretty poor too.

I did enjoy my sisters keeper though, and The Pact. I am not going to bother with any more though, too samey.

vintageteacups Wed 17-Nov-10 21:54:39

Plain Truth - her research was extremely accurate (as are so many of her books).

Picture Perfect was fab too.

KT1324 Wed 17-Nov-10 22:08:00

change of heart was fantastic

Funkychunkymunky Wed 17-Nov-10 22:08:38

Suicide Pact.

rookiemater Wed 17-Nov-10 22:09:32

Humpbacked Whale, written before she was famous and only one IMHO that doesn't follow the now hackneyed formulaic plot that she insists on having in every single blinkin novel.

Kitty86 Thu 18-Nov-10 12:35:17

im reading one now about a man whos wife/girlfriend dies and then he cant die - dont know what its called

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