Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Book: Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult

Blurb: For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend.At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child’s imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter – a girl with no religious background – might indeed be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy heightens, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left.Is Faith a prophet or a troubled little girl? Is Mariah a good mother facing an impossible crisis – or a charlatan using her daughter to get attention?
Rating: **
Review: I was disappointed with this particular book by one of my favourite authors. Had this been the 1st book of Picoult's that I had read, I'm not sure that I would have read any more. This book has an interesting concept, but tries to be too many things to too many people. Its part mystery, part love story, with other elements briefly added. It doesn't seem to know what it is - and the ending is a particular let-down. Sorry, but a lacklustre book that doesn't explore fully or explain the questions it raises.

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