Jody Picoult is a popular American author who has written novels. She’s thought to have sold more than million copies of her books. When she writes contemporary fiction, she talks about things that are difficult, emotional, or even controversial, and that people care about.
I started reading Jodi Picoult’s gripping novels when I was in high school, and I keep reading her new books as soon as they come out. It’s interesting to read about both sides of a moral dilemma in each one. I’m forced to rethink my own thoughts and values.
To figure out which Jodi Picoult books are the best, we asked Goodreads users. Goodreads is a website where more than 125 million people can rate their favorite books and share reviews and recommendations with each other.
The best Jodi Picoult books, as voted on by Goodreads users, are here. Whether you’re looking for your first gripping read or want to add to your collection, these are the best.
The best Jodi Picoult books, according to Goodreads members:
“My Sister’s Keeper”
With more than one million reviews on Goodreads, “My Sister’s Keeper” is the most popular Jodi Picoult book for people who use the site. In this book, it’s about two sisters. One has leukemia, and the other was born with the goal of giving her sister bone marrow so that she could live. During this story, Anna and her family go on a journey to learn more about sisterhood, parenting, and the morality of doing everything you can for your family.
Sterling is a small town in New Hampshire that is very quiet. Over the course of 19 minutes, a terrible thing happens that leaves everyone in the town shocked. For justice to be served, the town has to face up to their own role in the tragedy. This is a dramatic contemporary fiction book that reads like a thriller.
“Small Great Things”
Ruth Jefferson is a nurse who has worked for 20 years and is shocked when a family asks her not to touch their newborn because Ruth is black and the parents are white supremacists. It’s heart-pounding and impossible to put down this book about race, prejudice, and a heart-pounding trial. When Ruth is alone in the nursery, their baby goes into cardiac distress and Ruth hesitates before giving the baby help, which leads to her being charged with a very serious crime in this heart-pounding story.
They looked like they were meant to be together in this heartbreaking book because their families have been close since they were born. During the night, the families get a phone call and learn that 17-year-old Emily is dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Chris tells the police about their alleged suicide plan, which doesn’t seem very real.
In “The Storyteller,” Sage is struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother when she meets Josef, an old man in her grief support group. The two become unlikely friends. Historical fiction book Sage is forced to question her morals and her identity when Josef reveals a secret and asks Sage to do something that is out of this world.
An 18-year-old Amish woman named Katie Fisher is shocked when an infant is found dead in a barn in Paradise, Pennsylvania. The town is even more shocked to learn that the child did not die of natural causes and that the mother is not married. Ellie Hathaway is a well-known defense lawyer who happens to be in Paradise. She sees Katie’s case as a way to do something truly good.
Jacob Hunt is a teenager with autism who is very interested in forensic analysis, listening to his own police scanner, and giving his (usually correct) opinions to police. When someone in their small town is killed, Jacob doesn’t look good to the police. He looks guilty.
She mysteriously vanished after a tragic accident when Jenna Metcalf was just three years old, but her mother was still alive. Now that Jenna is 11, she refuses to believe that her mother could have left her. She carefully studies her journals, looking for clues.
“Handle with Care”
It feels like their whole world has been turned upside down when their daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta. In the end, Charlotte and Sean wonder if they could have done something differently to change their lives.
“The Tenth Circle”
Dante’s “Inferno” is a story about a father and daughter who go on a journey that looks a lot like “The Tenth Circle.” As soon as high school freshman Trixie says her boyfriend did something violent and terrible, her father fights to protect his daughter and hide his own secrets.
“Change of Heart”
“Change of Heart” looks at religion and punishment from four different points of view: a priest, a mother who has lost everything, a convicted murderer, and an attorney. Shay Bourne is on death row for killing June’s husband and daughter. He is a construction worker. When Shay finds out that June’s only living child needs a heart transplant, he gives his own heart to save her.
“A Spark of Light”
“A Spark of Light” is a gripping and emotional roller coaster. It’s also my favorite Jodi Picoult book that I read in a few days. There was a gunman at a women’s reproductive health clinic on a morning. He took everyone inside hostage. When a nurse risked her own life to save a woman who was hurt, the book tells her story. A pro-life protester disguised herself as an inpatient.
With her young daughter and a search-and-rescue bloodhound, Delia Hopkins lives a simple life in New Hampshire. She starts having flashbacks to a life she can’t remember as she starts planning her wedding. When a police officer tells her something that’s out of this world, Delia’s life changes in a way she never thought possible.
“Sing You Home”
Afterwards, Zoe Baxter wants to try again, but her husband doesn’t agree and wants a divorce. When Zoe meets someone new, she has the chance to have the family she’s always wanted. Her ex-husband, on the other hand, will do everything he can to keep her from using the frozen embryos they saved together.
“Keeping Faith” is an interesting mix of religion and psychology. It’s about a young girl named Faith who starts talking to her imaginary friend, “Guard,” after her parents split up. When she starts quoting from the Bible even though she hasn’t read the Bible, everyone wonders if Faith is talking to God.
Ex-teacher Jack St. Bride has moved to Salem Falls, where he wants to quietly change his life after a student’s crush ruined his reputation and his job and made him a bad person. As a waiter at Addie Peabody’s diner, Addie and Jack form a close friendship. When a group of teenage girls make history repeat itself, Jack’s past quickly comes back to haunt him.
Luke Warren is a zoologist who left his wife and two kids behind to live with wolves in the woods. Each of them went in a different direction while he was away. Now that Luke is in the hospital after a car accident, the family is back home and must face the secrets of their past as they try to make the best choice for Luke’s medical care.
A district attorney who fights against child molesters is devastated when her own five-year-old son is sexually assaulted. Nina Frost is also aware of the twisted legal system that can make it hard to get justice for people like her son. It’s clear to Nina that she will do everything she can to protect her son.
“Picture Perfect” is Jodi Picoult’s third book about an anthropologist named Cassie who wakes up in a graveyard with no idea who she is or how she got there. She doesn’t know who she is or how she got there. It seems like Cassie is living a picture-perfect life when her famous movie star husband brings her home from the hospital. Then, Cassie has to decide whether or not she can stay in the marriage, or how she can leave.