Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult (2008)

Yup, yet another Jodi Picoult book. Promise it will be the last...until her latest book Lone Wolf comes out next week! 

Good book. Clare likes this one as well. I completely forgot the twists in the book, so it was even a good reread. 

Pregnant June comes home one day to find her husband, Kurt, and daughter, Elizabeth, dead, shot by their handyman Shay. Years later, she is now raising her other daughter, Claire, who desperately needs a heart transplant. Shay is on death row, weeks away from his execution. When he learns Claire needs a heart, he begs to be an organ donor, but the lethal injection will destroy his heart. Maggie, a human rights lawyer, takes up his case. This is based on the First Amendment right that everyone has the right to practise their religion, even prisoners on death row. She argues that Shay will not receive redemption unless his life is able to save somebody else. Meanwhile, June doesn't want the heart of a killer for Claire. She is eventually won over. Maggie has to take the case to court and get the judge to allow Shay to be hung, so his heart will still be viable. She wins the case, and Shay is hung and Claire gets the heart and lives. But it is revealed that June's husband used to abuse her daughter and Shay shot him and the daughter to ease her suffering.

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