Author: Jodi Picoult
"Yes," she said. "But see how much of me is left?"
Synopsis: Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who is particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor, to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses, but then he tells her he deserves to die. Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he is right. Can someone who has committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you are not the party who was wronged? And most of all, if Sage even considers his request, is it murder, or justice? What do you do when evil lives next door?
Review: There is so little I can say about this book without giving too much away. So, I'll just say that Josef Weber did the most horrible thing imaginable. Sage is stuck in a nightmare, trying to figure out what is right and wrong, now that she knows the truth.
I'll also say that Sage wasn't my favorite character. I found her to be a little self-centered and dishonest. Lou Stein, who she contacts to help with Josef, is a much better person. But, Sage's grandmother, Minka, is the best character in the story by far.
As always, this author made me feel very deeply about the story and the subject matter. Have a box of tissues and be ready to be upset if you decide to read this novel.
Rating: 9 / 10