By Jodi Picoult
4 out of 5 stars
Ruth Jefferson is a nurse on the labor and delivery floor at a hospital in Connecticut. She has worked hard to be where she is and is a really good nurse. She is thrown off when a couple that just delivered a boy, don’t want her touching their baby. When the man stands up and his Confederate flag tattoo is visible on his arm, it becomes apparent. Ruth is black and they are white supremacists. When the head nurse agrees to have her have no contact with the baby, Ruth is taken aback. She is called back to work a back-to-back shift and when something happens to the baby, does she spring into action or obey orders? She hesitates but does start CPR to no avail. The baby dies. Ruth is then charged with his murder. In comes Kennedy McQuarrie, her attorney, who doesn’t want to use race in the trial. Is that even possible? Can Ruth keep things normal for her teenage son? Will justice truly prevail?
This is the usual Jodi Picoult formula: medical tragedy and then the courtroom. Hey, if it isn’t broke….. I was pulled in by the very beginning of the story. I loved Ruth and the way she looked at every different mother giving birth. It was enlightening to see the way she looked at prejudice, not in just the awful white supremacist actions, but in the little things like a woman holding her purse a little closer while standing by her. Heartbreaking. It was very hard to read through Turk’s story. The actions these people took on poor innocent people was so tough, so emotional, sometimes I had to put it down. I think it needs to be read though especially in the climate of our country right now. The twist was a good one. I wasn’t expecting it and the ending was supposed to make it go full circle, I believe anyway. but it didn’t really work for me. If you are a Jodi Picoult fan, and who really isn’t, you will be wrapped up in this story and like me, probably finish it quickly.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.