A Spark of Light

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THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘A writer the world needs to be reading right now’ The Independent

‘An apposite and nuanced novel… Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision.’ Red

‘A very special novel about a very difficult subject.’ Grazia

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The Center for women’s reproductive health offers a last chance at hope – but nobody ends up there by choice.

Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder.

Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage.

Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people – the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment – to this point.

And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.

(P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • A writer the world needs to be reading right now

    The Independent
  • An apposite and nuanced novel… Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision

    Red
  • An urgent, shocking and human story.

    Daisy Buchanan
  • It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes

    Financial Times
  • Incredibly compelling and page turning

    Dolly Alderton
  • Expertly written… This topical novel presents both sides of the ever-present abortion debate in the form of a harrowing, thought-provoking story that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page

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