June might be forgiven for thinking her bad luck had come to an end. First of all her beloved husband was killed in a crash caused by a drunk driver. Against all the odds, and surprising even herself, June fell in love with the policeman who pulled both her and her baby daughter, Elizabeth, from the wrecked car … and soon there was the joy of a second daughter for them.
Then Shay Bourne arrived on the doorstep, his tool bag in hand, looking for odd jobs … and he kind of just stayed around. It wasn’t that he was threatening, in any way, more that he was a bit silent and generally strange. His words used to get sort of tangled up with themselves, but he seemed to be honest and a hard worker.
But then Kurt and Elizabeth were brutally murdered in their home. Shay was found with them, covered in blood. … June didn’t think that things could get much worse. But they did.
Her surviving daughter, Claire, developed heart problems and she was told she would die without a transplant. The only donor to match was Shay Bourne – on death row for the double homicide of Kurt and Elizabeth. Could June possibly allow the heart of her sister’s murderer to be put in Claire’s chest to save her life?
The moral dilemma in Jodi Picoult’s new novel is as riveting as ever. Using her trademark pattern of looking at the problem from many different angles, she involves the reader far beyond the usual cut and thrust of a good engrossing novel. Add to this mix the glimpse of life as it is on death row, the medical requirements of matching heart to body and the legal wrangling about whether or not it would be possible in those circumstances. Not to mention a Biblical twist … No one is better at writing about a dilemma than Jodi … and CHANGE OF HEART is another challenging read.
Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York, and has established herself as a UK top-three bestselling author. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include NINETEEN MINUTES, SECOND GLANCE, MY SISTER’S KEEPER and TENTH CIRCLE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.