12 Mar 2022

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Book Review / Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

 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.

Published:     25th November 2021
Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Bought




The one thing that Jodi Picoult never fails to do for me is both surprise me and makes me think long after I have finished one of her books.  This book is no exception.

The one recommendation I would make is to not read any reviews or know too much about this story before you go into it.  Go into this book as blind as you can be and let the story take you on a journey.  

This is exactly what I did and boy was I thrown off my chair with surprise.  There is a massive plot twist in this story that I didn't see coming and I loved it!

I am not going to go into any more detail or give reasons to avoid spoilers completely but just to say you need to pick this book up immediately!  This book is one of my favourites of both this year and of all time!