A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light

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
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    A Spark of Light Reviews

  • 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. Isnt that the truth? Regardless of topic, circumstance or personand whethe...

  • 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  - Cats&Books :)

    ***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 womens health clinic wh...

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... As soon as I see that a new Jodi Picoult book is going to be released, I can't wait to read it. But as much as I wanted to drag...

  • 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...

  • Elyse  Walters

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Angela M

    3.5 rounded up.Jodie Picoult is a prolific writer, and if youve read any of her books, you know she confronts head on some tough, controversial and always relevant issues. This one couldnt be more tim...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    I love Jodi Picoult so much!! Her books always seep into my soul .... The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for l...