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Jodi Picoult is a bestselling American author who has written 26 novels and is estimated to have sold over 40 million copies of her books. She’s known for writing about emotional, challenging, and even controversial topics in her contemporary fiction.
I started reading Jodi Picoult’s gripping novels in high school and continue to read every new book she releases. Each one is a fascinating page-turner that presents both sides of a moral dilemma and forces me to rethink my own opinions and values.
To rank the best Jodi Picoult novels, we turned to readers on Goodreads. Goodreads is an online platform where over 125 million members can rate their favorite novels and share reviews and recommendations with the community.
So whether you’re a new Jodi Picoult reader searching for your first gripping read or a long-time fan looking to complete your collection, here are the best Jodi Picoult novels, as ranked by Goodreads members.
“My Sister’s Keeper,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $12.80
With over one million ratings, “My Sister’s Keeper” is the most popular Jodi Picoult novel amongst Goodreads members. It’s the story of two sisters, one with leukemia and the other conceived with a purpose: As a bone marrow donor for her sister. When Anna decides she’s had enough of being her sister’s keeper, she and her family begin a journey of sisterhood, parenting, and the morality of doing everything you can for your family.
“Nineteen Minutes,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $10.35
Sterling is a quiet small town in New Hampshire where a devastating event occurs over 19 minutes, leaving the community shaken. In this dramatic contemporary fiction novel that reads like a thriller, the town must confront their own role in the tragedy if they hope to find justice.
“Small Great Things,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $13.58
Ruth Jefferson is a nurse with 20 years of experience who is shocked when a family requests Ruth not touch their newborn, as Ruth is Black and the parents are proud white supremacists. When Ruth is alone in the nursery, their baby goes into cardiac distress and Ruth hesitates before administering aid, leaving her charged with a serious crime in this heart-racing story of race, prejudice, and a gripping trial in this book that feels impossible to put down.
“The Pact,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $7.99
In this emotionally devastating read, Chris and Emily seemed to be made for each other as their families have been closely intertwined since they were born. When the families get a midnight phone call and learn that 17-year-old Emily is dead with a gunshot wound to her head, Chris explains their alleged suicide pact to the police — a plan that doesn’t seem entirely believable.
“The Storyteller,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $10.55
In “The Storyteller,” Sage is desperately trying to recover from her mother’s death when she meets elderly Josef in her grief support group and the two become unlikely friends. In this historical fiction story about forgiveness, Sage is forced to question her morals and her identity when Josef admits a shocking secret and asks Sage for a staggering favor.
“Plain Truth,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $12.30
When an infant is found dead in a barn in the small Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, the town is even more shocked to find the child did not die of natural causes and the mother is unmarried, 18-year-old Katie Fisher. Ellie Hathaway is a high-profile defense attorney who happens to be staying in Paradise and sees Katie’s case as a way to do something truly good.
“House Rules,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $15.49
Jacob Hunt is a teenager with autism who is obsessed with forensic analysis, listening to his personal police scanner, and offering his (usually correct) opinions to investigators. When someone in their small town is murdered, Jacob doesn’t appear helpful to the police — he appears guilty.
“Leaving Time,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $9.94
When Jenna Metcalf was only three years old, her scientist mother mysteriously disappeared after a tragic accident. Now 11, Jenna refuses to accept that her mother could have abandoned her and studies her journals, meticulously searching for answers.
“Handle with Care,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $11.27
Charlotte and Sean prayed for a healthy baby, as all expecting parents do, but when their daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta, it feels like their world has been turned upside down. When a series of events force Charlotte and Sean to face the hardest questions, they’re left wondering if something could have been done differently to change the outcome of their lives.
“The Tenth Circle,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $14.89
“The Tenth Circle” explores the relationship between a father and daughter through a journey that mirrors Dante’s “Inferno.” When high school freshman Trixie accuses her boyfriend of a violent and terrible act, the situation is quickly complicated further as her father fights to protect his daughter while attempting to conceal his own secrets.
“Change of Heart,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $10.50
“Change of Heart” uses four perspectives to explore religion and punishment: A priest, a mother who has lost everything, a convicted murderer, and an attorney. Shay Bourne is a construction worker sitting on death row, convicted of murdering June’s husband and daughter. When Shay learns that June’s only surviving child is in desperate need of a heart transplant, he volunteers his own heart to save her.
“A Spark of Light,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $11.53
“A Spark of Light” is a gripping and emotional roller coaster — and personally my favorite Jodi Picoult novel that I devoured within a few days. One morning, a gunman opens fire in a women’s reproductive health clinic, taking everyone inside hostage. The novel follows the story of each person trapped inside, from a nurse who risks her life to save a wounded woman, to a pro-life protestor disguising herself as a patient.
“Vanishing Acts,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $9.99
Delia Hopkins is a missing persons’ investigator who lives a simple life in New Hampshire with her young daughter and her search-and-rescue bloodhound. As Delia begins planning her wedding, she starts having flashbacks to a life she can’t remember, and when a police officer brings her staggering information, Delia’s life is turned completely upside down.
“Sing You Home,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $8.05
When Zoe Baxter loses her baby, she wants to try again but her husband disagrees and asks for a divorce. When Zoe falls in love again, she has the chance to have the family she’d always wanted, but her ex-husband will stop at nothing to keep Zoe from using the frozen embryos they once saved — including standing up in court to declare Zoe an unfit mother.
“Keeping Faith,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $10.21
“Keeping Faith” is a fascinating mix between religion and psychology, about a young girl named Faith who begins talking to her imaginary friend, “Guard”, after her parents’ divorce. When she starts citing scripture despite never reading the Bible, everyone is left wondering if Faith is actually talking to God.
“Salem Falls,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $14.99
Former teacher Jack St. Bride has come to the town of Salem Falls to quietly reinvent himself after a student’s crush ruined his reputation and career. Working at Addie Peabody’s diner, Jack and Addie form a comfortable connection until a group of teenage girls force history to repeat itself and Jack’s past quickly catches up to him.
“Lone Wolf,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $10.56
Luke Warren is a passionate zoologist who left to live amongst the wolves in the woods, leaving his wife and two children behind, each of whom went in different directions during his absence. Now, as Luke is lying comatose in a hospital bed after a car accident, the family returns home and must confront the secrets of their past as they juggle the best decision for Luke’s medical care.
“Perfect Match,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $10.35
Nina Frost is a district attorney who prosecutes child molesters, so when her own five-year-old son is sexually assaulted, she’s devastated and all too aware of the twisted legal system that can make it difficult to secure justice. As Nina hatches a plan to reach justice for her son, she knows she will stop at nothing to protect her child.
“Picture Perfect,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $14.99
“Picture Perfect” is Jodi Picoult’s third novel about Cassie, a renowned anthropologist who wakes up in a graveyard with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. When her famous movie star husband retrieves her from the hospital, Cassie is told she’s living a picture-perfect life, until an unsettling pattern emerges in the marriage and Cassie must decide if she can stay — or how she must leave.
“The Book of Two Ways,” available on Amazon and Bookshop, $13.31
As Dawn Edelstein prepares for a crash landing during her flight home, her rushing thoughts are not of her husband, but a man named Wyatt Armstrong who she last saw 15 years ago on an archaeological dig in Egypt. When the airline offers all the survivors transportation wherever they want to go, Dawn considers how fate, life, and forks in the road led her to where she is now — while imagining the two possible futures that seem to be laid out in front of her.
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