A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light Review

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.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Title:A Spark of Light
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Melissa

    We are all drowning slowly in the tide of our opinions, oblivious that we are taking on water every time we open our mouths. Isn’t that the truth? Regardless of topic, circumstance or person—and ...

  • Emily May

    She wondered if the only way any of us can find what we stand for is by first locating what we stand against. I got a really pleasant surprise a couple of years ago when I picked up Small Great Thing...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE***I am either hit or miss with this author and for me this was a miss. I knew from the blurb, which is incredibly extensive, that there will be a shooting at a women’s health clinic...

  • Debra

    "Today, Wren McElroy thought, was not a good day to die."This book begins with a hostage situation at the local Center. The Center is a place for women (and teens) to go and get birth control, have gy...

  • Paromjit

    Author Jodi Picoult is no stranger to controversy, and it seems somehow fitting that she should tackle the contentious issue of a woman's right to abortion in this, her latest offering. Set in a women...

  • Elyse Walters

    Audiobook...Narrated by Bahni Turpin, and Jodi Picoult Favorite line: from Jodi Picoult...( reading this part herself), in the author’s notes:“Laws are black and white;lives of women are shades of...

  • Angela M

    3.5 rounded up.Jodie Picoult is a prolific writer, and if you’ve read any of her books, you know she confronts head on some tough, controversial and always relevant issues. This one couldn’t be mo...

  • Susanne Strong

    4.5 Brilliant and Harrowing Stars* (rounded up)With “A Spark of Light” Jodi Picoult does it again! This time however, the path she takes to get to the finish line is a little different.As we all k...

  • Kylie D

    I tried to like this book, I really did, but I found it to be preachy and boring as batshit. I kept finding excuses to put it down and not get back to it, which is unlike me. The reverse chronology of...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 fiery stars to A Spark of Light! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ As a fan of her writing, I have noticed Jodi Picoult’s topics have gotten more fiery as the years have passed, and they continue to be thought-prov...