The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

20 November 2018

Book Reviews with Tabitha #3
Today, I bring to you a book review! I feel like I'm slowly improving when it comes to my reviews so I hope you enjoy this one (and many more to come!). This book took me by surprise and it has left such an impact on me.

Book Profile
Title: The Storyteller    Author: Jodi Picoult
Goodreads Blurb: Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs.
Publication Date: 26th February 2013
Pages: 446
Genre: Historical Fiction, Holocaust, Historical
Goodreads Rating: 4.27

My Rating: 

"True love is like bread. It needs the right ingredients, a little heat, and some magic to rise"

For my first Jodi Picoult book, this one has definitely left it's mark. I did not expect how deep and where this book's journey was going when I was first picked this book up. Honestly, I randomly picked it up from my local library, read the blurb and first few pages and was hooked but it wasn't until I was home and started reading further into the book did the darker themes appear. I had no idea that it was about the holocaust but I found the story so gripping that I just couldn't put the book down. If you love historical fiction based books then you will love this one but I have to put a trigger warning as it gets real heavy and if you are sensitive to what happened during the holocaust then maybe avoid this one as it does get fairly graphic at points. I have always had an interest when it came to World War 2 and the events that happened within concentration camps as it always baffles me how some one could request such awful things upon innocent individuals and so as you can imagine, my heart was in my mouth pretty much the whole way through.

The way Jodi Picoult broke up this book was through different perspectives and I am quite a fan of multiple perspectives as it allows me to delve into the minds of other characters and I enjoy seeing the events in the book through different eyes. Between the different perspectives, she put in an insert of a mythical story that becomes far more important throughout the book and I really liked this touch as it broke the book up in a different way, flashing from mythical to real world, really well. I guess, the only downside I have to say is that the 'chapters' were really long at some points and I do prefer shorter chapters as it gives me good opportunities to stop if I decide to (I don't like stopping in the middle of chapter unless I really have to).
I really love the character that is Sage Singer as she seems like a real person, dealing with real life problems. Everything she feels conflicted with you, I understood why she would feel like that as she has had some really hard years and then when Josef turns up her 'normal' life gets turned upside down again and you do really feel sorry for her. Knowing that she deserves so much better. The other characters that are introduced to book are all so important to the story and I find it so interesting and devastating how their individual stories start to connect and intertwine.

The only factor that left me feeling a little flat was the ending. I was 100% in love with the ending, which is always a shame when reading such a great, meaningful book. However, I do feel that the rest of the book makes up for the not so great ending. Emotionally this book killed me and overall, I did really love this book, purely because of the deep, true meaning behind the story. Like I said, if you like historical books, especially based on World War 2 then I would definitely recommend picking this book up. Just remember that it's hard hitting and if you are triggered by the events then maybe give this book a miss.

I definitely want to read more Jodi Picoult books but for now I think I will read some fluffier books as I knew 'deep' is definitely a running theme through Picoult's books! Have you read any of Jodi Picoult books? What one's would you recommend me read next? 

Until next time, Tabitha xx



  1. I love Jodi Picoult but have never read this one. I'm currently reading her new one A Spark Of Light.

    1. Ooo, you will have to let me know what her new one is like! Definitely give this one a read if you like Jodi! x

  2. I’ve not read any books by Jodi but this one sounds tempting xx