Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The soundtrack of life

I'm not a fan of all of Jodi Picoult's books. But I am a fan of a lot of them. And this one makes the latter list.

Sing you Home is this author's latest release. It has been out for a while but because of it's popularity, only ended up on my desk last week for review. It comes with the added extra of a CD of original songs that mirror the plot and (in Jodi's words) "bring the character of Zoe to life for the reader by giving her a real voice".

I actually picked this book up without reading a review, flyleaf or publisher's summary on the catalogue. So I did not know what to expect other than that there would be music involved (because of the title) and that there would be some ethical dilemma that the characters would have to solve (because that's how Jodi's books work). And I struggle to write this review because I don't know how much of the plot I should give away.

I thought I had it all figured out reading the first couple of chapters. I knew what was happening as Zoe (our main character) struggled with infertility leading into some personal crisis. And then suddenly it changed. I was surprised (and delighted) as the author through her characters, took me on an unexpected journey to an almost completely satisfactory conclusion. It was the ideal book to get me through a dreary Sunday. In fact it wouldn't have mattered if it had been a great day outside - I would have still have been found on the couch turning the pages.

If you want "Spoilers" on the plot line, go to our catalogue and read through the summary there. The following is an excerpt from the flyleaf of the book, which gives nothing away, but does provide a sense of what you will find between the covers.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into a career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a news life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don't want that to happen.

Sing you Home is about identity, love, marriage and parenthood. It's about people wanting to do the right thing for the greateer good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it's about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.

For the observant reader, you may be wondering why I said the book was almost completely satisfying. One of the characters Zoe encountered was Lucy, a rebellious teenager searching for... something. I was left on closing the book, wondering about Lucy's story and hoping that one day Jodi may let us in on her past, present and future.

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