*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER *** For seventy years, Josef Weber has been hiding in plain sight. He is a pillar of his local community. He is also a murderer. When Josef decides to confess, it is to Sage Singer, a young woman who trusts him as her friend.
What she hears shatters everything she thought she knew and believed. As Sage uncovers the truth from the darkest horrors of war, she must follow a twisting trail between terror and mercy, betrayal and forgiveness, love - and revenge.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 02/01/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781444766660
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Review by AnneBrooke
This seems something of a departure for Picoult - focusing as it does on the horrors of war and how terrible experiences affect the families of those who come after. Sage Singer is a very strong character and beautifully placed as a vulnerable baker within her community. I enjoyed her story very much and would have preferred to have spent more time with her. However the bulk of the central sections focus on Sage's grandmother's experiences of war and her time in Auschwitz and how she survived. It's both horrific and absolutely perfectly written.So in some ways it was a shock to be delivered back to Sage's story at the end - though it also makes sense as Sage is searching for clues about her grandmother's past, and for good reason. There is however a decision Sage makes at the very end which I felt was totally out of character for the woman I'd come to know - and which left me feeling very dissatisfied indeed. Without spoiling the plot of a book I can otherwise recommend, I'd say it would have been far more powerful and emotionally accurate if Sage's decision had actually been the opposite one, and this would also have more hopeful in terms of her developing relationship with the Nazi hunter. Still, it's a powerful read nonetheless.
Review by GingerCrinkle
Written with the usual multiple voices (and twist) employed by Jodi Picoult. Thoroughly enjoyable. Harrowing passages but also lots of humour.
Review by 4everfanatical
Brilliant.<br/><br/>Jody Picoult is one of those authors that just writes fantastic novels on the human condition. The Storyteller concentrates on the theme of forgiveness and focuses on a holocaust survivor and her family, in particular her granddaughter Sage. Josef Weber in a ninety odd ex-SS member who approaches Sage (because of her Jewish heritage) so help assist him with suicide because he is so ashamed of the things he has done.<br/><br/>The novel is beautifully written, I found Sage's grandmothers story so compelling and so interesting I just couldn't stop reading it. I also found it intriguing to read about the other side of the story told in the point of view of an SS member.<br/><br/>It would not be a Jody Picoult novel without one of her signature plot twists and I honestly didn't see that one coming.<br/><br/>Loved it.