It’s the first Picoult that I have read in a while, and while I enjoyed most of it, the end fell a little flat for me. I thoroughly enjoyed My Sister’s Keeper, although I had watched the movie first and while thought that I knew the twist – ha! – so that ending left me a wretched mess. I’ve read a few others since, and none of them has quite struck the same chord that MSK did; some even felt formulaic. So while I expected “a big twist,” and respect that that’s just how she writes, the end just didn’t feel finished to me. That’s not even because the story within the story lacked resolution, because I actually appreciate stories that are not clean-cut and leave you reeling, debating the themes of life (for example: The Sparrow). I really can’t put my finger on it.
I think it was when the narrative switched back from the perspective of Minka’s past, fully into present day. She spent a decent amount of time developing Sage and Josef (and to a lesser extent, Leo) in the early portion of the book, and an excellent job with Minka, but when her past was all told, it fell apart for me. It was as if she went, “Okay. That’s been told. Now to just wrap up the loose ends!” and promptly forgot to lend any depth to the remaining character development. A bit of an oversight, considering the depth of what she was asking the characters to -do-, if you ask me.
All that to say… I found most of the writing to be a solid four stars, but the end left me strongly considering rounding down to a three. So, we’ll call this 3.5/5, or a 4/5 on Goodreads, since they don’t allow for half-star increments.