Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Title: The Storyteller
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Pages: 560
Genres: Women's Fiction

The Storyteller

For seventy years, Josef Weber has been hiding in plain sight. He is a pillar of his local community. He is also a murderer.

When Josef decides to confess, it is to Sage Singer, a young woman who trusts him as her friend. What she hears shatters everything she thought she knew and believed. As Sage uncovers the truth from the darkest horrors of war, she must follow a twisting trail between terror and mercy, betrayal and forgiveness, love - and revenge.
Brilliant.

Jody Picoult is one of those authors that just writes fantastic novels on the human condition. The Storyteller concentrates on the theme of forgiveness and focuses on a holocaust survivor and her family, in particular her granddaughter Sage. Josef Weber in a ninety odd ex-SS member who approaches Sage (because of her Jewish heritage) so help assist him with suicide because he is so ashamed of the things he has done.

The novel is beautifully written, I found Sage's grandmothers story so compelling and so interesting I just couldn't stop reading it. I also found it intriguing to read about the other side of the story told in the point of view of an SS member.

It would not be a Jody Picoult novel without one of her signature plot twists and I honestly didn't see that one coming. Loved it.


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