Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345544988

A gunman bursts into a women’s health center and takes hostages to make a statement about abortion. The hostage negotiator who arrives on scene learns that his daughter is inside the center and fights to keep his composure as he works with the gunman to let everyone go. The gunman, the negotiator, his daughter, and the other people in the center live through the most tense day of their lives as the hours unfold. Author Jodi Picoult brings her strengths as researcher and compassionate listener to a sensitive and timely issue in a book that, unfortunately, doesn’t live up to her previous novels in A Spark of Light.

In Jackson, Mississippi, there’s only one place where women can go to get legal abortions. The Center offers other female health services, of course, but none brings on the protesters like the termination of pregnancies does. So when Hugh McElroy gets the call to a hostage situation at the Center, he’s prepared to go in and talk the shooter off his mental ledge.

Hugh knows that a hostage situation means almost anything can happen; he’s negotiated with enough angry people to expect it. Even he’s not prepared for discovering that his only child and older sister are inside the Center. His 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is the greatest joy of his life, and his sister, XXX, taught him everything he needed to know to grow up.

About the Author  Taken From Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, and My Sister's Keeper.