Jodi Picoult books in order
Jodi Picoult is an American #1 bestselling author of an impressive twenty-five novels.
Born and raised in Nesconset, New York, she is a graduate of Princeton University.
She holds a Master's degree in education from the prestigious Harvard University, and has two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from Dartmouth College (2010) and the University of New Haven (2012).
Her books have been printed into 14 million copies across the across the globe and translated into 34 languages.
Married to Timothy Warren van Leer, whom she met in college, she lives with her husband and their three children in Hanover, New Hampshire.
- Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel (1992)
- Harvesting the Heart (1994)
- Picture Perfect (1995)
- Mercy (1996)
- The Pact (1998)
- Plain Truth (2000)
- Salem Falls (2001)
- Perfect Match (2002)
- Second Glance: A Novel (2003)
- My Sister's Keeper (2004)
- Vanishing Acts: A Novel (2005)
- The Tenth Circle: A Novel (2006)
- Nineteen Minutes (2007)
- Wonder Woman: Love and Murder SC (2007)
- Change of Heart: A Novel (2008)
- Handle with Care: A Novel (2009)
- House Rules: A Novel (2010)
- Over the Moon: A Musical Play (2011)
- Sing You Home (2011)
- Lone Wolf (2012)
- The Storyteller (2013)
- A Spark of Light (2018)
- The Book of Two Ways (2020)
- Wish You Were Here (2021)
- Mad Honey (2022)
Between the Lines (Co-authored with Samantha van Leer)
- Between the Lines (2012)
- Off the Page (2015)
Leaving Time Stories
- Where There's Smoke: A Leaving Time Novella (2014)
- Larger Than Life: A Leaving Time Novella (2014)
- Leaving Time (2014)
Detailed book overview
“Sometimes finding your own voice is a matter of listening to the heart...”
Jane Jones spent several years living in the shadow of her husband, Oliver Jones; a famous San Diego oceanographer.
However, when her daughter Rebecca is insulted in a huge argument, she storms out in anger; driving halfway across the country to Massachusetts where Uncle Joley runs an apple orchard.
To get there, she however has to follow a string of letters waiting for her in specific post offices.
Oliver, on the other hand, finds himself tracking his incalculable wife across an entire continent; an escapade similar to tracking male humpback whales across the extensive oceans.
To achieve that his goal nonetheless, he must learn view to the world, his family, and himself through her eyes.
Paige O’Toole has blury memories of her mother who abandoned her when she was only five. Years later, she leaves her father behind for a life in Chicago where she dreams of art school and marriage to a progressive young doctor.
However, with a child of her own to take care of, Paige is uncertain about her maternal ability, by and large due to the terrible memories surrounding her mother's absence, and her past.
As she tries to gain her sense of self-worth, she searches for her mother and ultimately returns to be a mother.
This book is an exploration of issues and emotions that any mother or child can strongly relate to.
A LAPD officer takes in a woman with amnesia after finding her walking aimlessly by a graveyard.
When her husband comes for her a few days later, Cassie Barrett is shocked to discover that she is not only a celebrated anthropologist, but is also married to Hollywood superstar, Alex Rivers.
Alex helps her to glue together the bits and pieces of her lost memory, informing of how the two met on the set of a motion picture in Africa to the point where they professed their love in a fairy-tale wedding, but it all still doesn’t seem like a picture perfect marriage to her.
When Cassie comes across a positive pregnancy test in her bathroom, she is flooded with dark memories.
Caught between fear and something akin to love, she takes off!
Cameron McDonald, the police chief of a small Massachusetts town, is forced to make a grudging arrest when his cousin Jamie willingly admits killing his terminally ill wife out of mercy.
Cam's wife, Allie, on the other hand thinks otherwise. Although she wound never betray the commitment she has to her husband, she finds herself romanticizing the idea of a man so madly in love with his wife, that he is willing to fulfill her every wish—even one that translates to taking her life.
As a charged murder trial creates tension in what is a happy marriage, Mia— Allie's new assistant at her floral shop—further complicates things, as Cam becomes strongly and incomprehensibly attracted to her.
When it all becomes too much to bear, he finds himself betraying his own wife.
The Golds and the Hartes, neighbors for eighteen years, have always been inseparable. So have their children—and it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. But the bonds of family, friendship, and passion—which had seemed so indestructible—suddenly threaten to unravel in the wake of unimaginable tragedy.
When midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the truth. Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris pilfered from his father’s cabinet—a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris describes.
This extraordinary, poignant novel paints an indelible portrait of two families in anguish...and creates an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris is put on trial for murder.
When the body of a dead infant is found in an Amish barn in Lancaster County, circumstantial evidence incriminates an unmarried eighteen-year-old Amish woman by the name Katie Fisher.
Intrigued by the case, Ellie Hathaway—a disenchanted metropolitan based attorney—travels all the way to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie.
When their two cultures collide, Ellie will for the first time in her celebrated career go against a justice system utterly parallel to her own.
As she attempts to redeem Katie, she finds herself fighting her own longings when a man from her past suddenly becomes a part of her present.
Director: Paul Shapiro
Cast: Mariska Hargitay, Alison Pill, Jan Niklas
It may not seem like it now, but Jack St. Bride was at one point an adored teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school.
Everything however took a nosedive when a student's infatuation led to a string of accusations; eventually ending his standing and career as a teacher.
Jobless and with an eight-month jail sentence to his record, Jack decides to rebuild by taking a job that entails washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner. There, he forms a relationship with her in the simple New England village of Salem Falls.
Getting away from the past is however never that easy.
When four teenage girls with a secret shatter his world one more time, a witch hunt begins in a town already terrified by its own history!
Nina Frost is a career-driven assistant district attorney who spends her days ensuring that child molesters stay behind bars.
Everything however seems different when Nina and her husband, Caleb, discover that their five-year-old son Nathaniel has been sexually abused.
The same force that she spends her entire day fighting against has hit her own backyard.
With no existing lines between family and professional life, and answers becoming even harder to find, Nina takes matters into her own hands.
Overwhelmed with spite and too aware of the numerous loopholes in the justice system, she starts a fight that could very well translate to losing the very thing she is fighting for.
Ross Wakeman may be a ghost hunter but he has never really seen a ghost.
All he hunts for is a way of connecting with Aimee, his fiancé, who was killed in a car crash; a pain he has never quite gotten over.
Ross has attempted to commit suicide on several occasions but life seems to cling to him, plunging him further into an empty existence that he cannot put up with anymore.
There however lies a glimmer of hope when he crosses paths with the mysterious Lia Beaumont, as she lights a spark in his life for the first time in years.
Nevertheless, shocking discoveries well beyond his imagination still await him.
"Is it ethical to do everything within your power to save the life of a child, even if it means undermining the rights of another?"
Much like most teenagers, Anna begins questioning who she really is.
Unlike most teenagers however, her life has always been defined in terms of her sister.
Having had enough, she makes an unthinkable choice; a choice that will not only shred her family to pieces, but also have potentially damaging consequences for the sister she adores.
This book looks at what it truly means to be a fitting parent, a good sister and a good person.
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva, Joan Cusack
"What happens when the past, one we have been hiding from, catches up to us?"
Brought up in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Delia Hopkins has always led a lucky life.
She even has a young daughter now, a charming fiancé, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound used for track missing persons.
But as she busies herself with planning her wedding, Delia suddenly receives flashbacks of a life she can’t remember.
When a policeman knocks on her door and discloses a secret about herself, the details threaten to destroy her entire future; ruining the lives of those she holds dearest.
This book is about nature and immense power of memory.
Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is a blend of both beauty and brains.
She is quite popular, a straight-A student, and is in love for the very first time.
Trixie is also a source of joy great to her father Daniel Stone, and there isn’t anything that the comic book artist wouldn’t do to protect his daughter.
When her innocence is broken one fateful day, Daniel’s world comes crumbling down in an act that reveals his long hidden terrible past.
Thirsty for revenge, will it be at the expense of the bond they share?
Director: Peter Markle
Cast: Kelly Preston, Ron Eldard, Jamie Johnston, Britt Robertson, Haley Beauchamp
There isn’t much that would draw one to the small and reluctant town of Sterling, New Hampshire, until an unfortunate school shooting takes place.
Peter Houghton, a 17-year-old high school student, has had to put up with several years of verbal and physical abuse from classmates.
When his best friend Josie Cormier deserts him for the popular crowd, having yielded to peer pressure, he resorts to a merciless act of violence that forever changes the lives of the residents in the small town.
Josie Cormier is the state's best witness, but other than the fact that she is the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, she can’t vividly recall what happened on that fateful day.
As the case begins and frailties between the high school and the adult community are there for all to see, families and friendships will be ruined.
“Wonder Woman is set to face off with the Amazons; her long-lost people.”
Special Agent Diana Prince of the Department of Metahuman Affairs is tasked with the responsibility of apprehending Wonder Woman. Those assigning her with the task however don’t know that she is indeed Wonder Woman, under the guise of a Special Agent.
Will she be able to complete the mission of capturing herself without giving away her secret identity?
All she knows is that she must maintain her human identity, even as a lethal enemy closes in on her.
Father Michael Wright is a local priest.
Shay Bourne is a man who the world has given him absolutely nothing. To him, nothing in life is a surprise anymore.
June Nealon is a woman who is waiting for justice just as much as she is waiting for a miracle. Shay has one final chance of salvation, and it revolves around the life of Claire; June's eleven-year-old daughter.
When Bourne begins performing miraculous acts at the prison—acts witnessed by officers, fellow inmates, and Father Michael—the media dubs him a messiah.
Could an unstable convicted murderer be a savior? Not according to the priest.
With time, Father Michael realizes that the things Shay says may not come from the Bible, but rather from a gospel rejected two thousand years ago by the early Christian church.
Most expectant parents will easily admit that they don’t want a perfect baby, but rather a healthy one. The case isn’t any different for Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe.
But theirs is a life of sleepless nights, compounding bills, and the agony of putting up with the pitiful stares of “luckier” parents.
Overwhelmed by Willow’s medical expenses, Charlotte comes up with a scheming and unethical way of settling the medical bill.
If she is to file a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn on the grounds of not informing her ahead of time that her baby would be born critically disabled, then perhaps the financial payouts would cater for Willow’s medical care for a lifetime.
It however entails going to court and admitting that she could have unflinchingly terminated the pregnancy had she known about the disability; words that can never be taken back.
Even more fascinating is that the ob/gyn isn’t just a random physician, but rather her best friend!
“When your son can’t look you in the eye… does that mean he’s guilty?”
Jacob Hunt suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. Although the teenager can neither read social cues nor express himself accordingly, he is brilliant in his own unique way, and has a special interest in forensic analysis.
Ever informed thanks to a police scanner in his room, Jacob always shows up at crime scenes and tells the police what to do—with everything he says turning out exactly how he said it.
So when a horrifying murder is committed in the small town, he is the first person the police go to.
Being that he suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, he often twitches and almost never makes any eye contact. To the law enforcement personnel however, that is a sign of guilt.
With that, Jacob finds himself facing murder charges.
This story begins when Luna (the moon) heads to a simple town on earth disguised as a boy, on a mission to help humans find love.
But Luna ends up falling in love with Prince Jack, who is in love with Felicity, who has fallen head over heels for Luna.
It’s only after a continuous stream of witty puns and topical jokes about American Idol, universal health care, Bernie Madoff, and practically every fairy tale creature you’ve ever heard of —will you hear of the happily ever after!
After a decade of trying to get pregnant, with several miscarriages and infertility issues, Zoe Baxter is finally living her dream, being that she is seven months pregnant.
An unfortunate series of events nonetheless leads to the death of her baby; consequently resulting in divorce from her husband Max.
In the wake of it all, Zoe pursues a career as a music therapist; using it to clinically comfort burn victims, assist Alzheimer’s patients connect with the present and provide peace to terminally ill patients.
When guidance counselor Vanessa requests her to assist a suicidal teen, their relationship grows from business to friendship before sprouting into love.
Ready to start a family, she uses Max’s frozen embryos to have a baby.
Max is however deep into alcoholism, but finds redemption at the hands of Clive Lincolna–a charismatic pastor.
Matters nevertheless escalate quickly when he learns that Zoe and her same-sex partner need permission to raise his unborn child.
Having left his family after an irredeemable scuffle with his father, 23-year old Edward Warren has been living in Thailand for the last five years.
Edward however receives a distraught phone call one day, informing him of an accident; one that has left his father, Luke, in a coma, and injured his 17-year old sister Cara.
Cara has never forgiven his brother, as his departure led to the separation of their parents.
Despite the fact that their father’s chances of recovering are quite minimal, Cara still hopes for a miracle while Edward on the other hand wants to pull the plug on the life support and donate his father’s organs.
Is he being inspired by altruism or revenge?
And is there a limit on what his sister will do to prevent him from making such an irreversible decision?
“Some stories live forever…”
Sage Singer is a baker who spends her nights preparing breads and pastries for the day.
She uses this as a substitute for the loneliness and terrible memories of her mother’s death.
When she meets Josef Weber, an old man from her grief support group, the two form an improbable friendship.
Then one day, Josef requests Sage for a special favor—to kill him
He had served as a Nazi SS guard and feels he should die for the terrible things he did.
Given that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor, how should she react to evil residing right next door?
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center--a women's reproductive health services clinic--its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.
After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.
But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.
Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.
One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation...and, hopefully, understanding.
Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.
Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.
But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.
After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife.
As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices...or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?
Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos—days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.
But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.
Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. The whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders.
Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.
Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.
Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.
And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can trust him completely...
Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in Ash, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.
Between the Lines (Co-authored with Samantha van Leer)
Delilah is a loner who despises school just as much as she loves books. Not just every book, but rather one book to be precise. She has read it so many times it’s bordering on criminal assault of the pages.
In the fairy tale, there is an amazingly handsome prince, a castle, and of course some evil villain. To Delilah however, there is something bigger than the book itself.
One day, she finds out that the Prince Charming isn’t just a one-dimensional character in a book, but rather a real person.
Even more interesting is that the prince feels an attraction towards a certain fifteen-year-old loner.
But how could this be possible, when they are from two utterly different worlds?
And could it ever work out?
Delilah and Oliver shouldn’t be together. But they are together. And just as they’re getting used to the possibility that happily ever after may really, truly be theirs, the universe sends them a message they can’t ignore: they won’t be allowed to rewrite their story.
Delilah and Oliver must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love and what it takes to have a happy ending in a world where the greatest adventures happen off the page.
Leaving Time Stories
Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.
When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage—to both her reputation and her show—Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.
A researcher studying memory in elephants, Alice is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calf—the mother’s powerful protective instincts and her newborn’s unwavering loyalty. Living on a game reserve in Botswana, Alice is able to view the animals in their natural habitat—while following an important rule: She must only observe and never interfere.
Then she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and cannot bear to leave the helpless baby behind. Thinking back on her own childhood, and on her shifting relationship with her mother, Alice risks her career to care for the calf. Yet what she comes to understand is the depth of a parent’s love.
Despite it being more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never quite gotten over the mysterious disappearance of her mother, Alice, in the aftermath of a terrible accident.
Convinced that she was never deserted as a child, Jenna spends her days going over her mother’s old journals while searching for her online.
Alice was a scientist who studied grief among elephants, and through going through her old journals, Jenna hopes for clues that could help learn of her mother’s whereabouts.
Determined to unwrap the truth, she enlists for the services of Serenity Jones, a famed psychic, and Virgil Stanhope, a weary private eye.
But as the three people work closely to unearth the truth, they come to learn that when you ask tough questions, you must be prepared face even tougher answers.