A Spark Of Light: When Does a Human Life Begin? || A Book Review

A Spark of Light

Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Hodder Stoughton
Released: October 2nd, 2018
Genre: General Fiction
Pages: 369
Format: Paperback
Characters: Wren, Hugh (Wren’s dad), Bex (Wren’s aunt), Izzy, Joy, Janine, Dr. Ward, George Goddard, Elizabeth Goddard, …


Synopsis (Goodreads) :

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.

My Review :

The message that this book wanted to deliver is indeed important, which is regarding abortion. I liked the debates going on between the pro-choice and pro-life. I think both sides have valid points and no one is right nor wrong about this issue. It depends on how one looks at it, which is ‘When does a human life begin?’ and also how does abortion affect the life of the embryo and as well as the ‘mother’? Which one is more important?

“We’re all capable of things we never imagined.”
– Jodi Picoult, A Spark of Light

However, the writing style didn’t suit my preference sadly. The chapters were long and there were a lot of parts that are redundant. I don’t mind there were many characters and Jodi tried to deliver every character’s story in each chapter but when it’s just merely being repeated again and again but maybe in different words or ways, I was getting bored towards the end. All I wanted to do was to finish the book and get to the ending.

“No matter how many times you let someone go, it never got any easier.”
– Jodi Picoult, A Spark of Light

Nevertheless, this book has so many wonderful quotes and the ending was beautiful as well. I also liked the emphasis on father-daughter relationship. It is never easy for a single parent to raise a child and this book specifically describes the struggles of a father raising and understanding the needs and changes of his daughter.

“It’s not the goodbye that hurts the most. It’s the hole you’re left with.”
– Jodi Picoult, A Spark of Light

Overall, this book is indeed important, but it could get a bit draggy. But if you are interested in Jodi Picoult’s books, you can check out this book in all good bookstores. 🙂

Rating: 3.5 / 5 star

2 thoughts on “A Spark Of Light: When Does a Human Life Begin? || A Book Review

    1. I thought I’m the only one who feels that way. But I’m the kind of reader that once I’m more than halfway into the book, I just gotta get to the end of the book so that I could be fair when I review it. But I totally feel you! :’)

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