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THIS WEEK: Best-selling author Jodi Picoult returns with a powerful novel about a shooting in an abortion clinic
A SPARK OF LIGHT Jodi Picoult
(£ 16.99, HODDER & STOUGHTON) Picoult has long been writing novels laced with ethical dilemmas, submerging the reader in the experiences through the eyes of her characters. What’s changed is the reader: the febrile world of US politics has made us more engaged with gnarly issues. And just in time for Picoult’s latest, which is set in a women’s reproductive health centre where hostages are being held. With an intricate backward-weaving structure, a host of compelling voices and her captivating tone, this is a very special novel about a very difficult subject.