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Monday, June 4, 2012

Sneaky Peeky Sunday: Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult


Sorry friends, haven't been keeping well of late and missed out yet again on my Sunday sneak peek. The reading still continues, of course! So here we go....Right now, I am reading this interesting book by Jodi Picoult called 'Keeping Faith.' Normally, I wouldn't have gone for a book like this, but since I loved her plot and originality in an earlier book I read by her, My Sister's Keeper, I decided I would go for this one too. And I am glad I did. So read on....

 'Mariah nods, blushes. Setting the sheets on the dresser, she heads for the door. 'I'll give you two some privacy.'

 'Really, it's fine if -'

 'No.' Mariah interrupts. 'It's all right.' And she leaves, trailing the faint scent of citrus perfume.

 Kenzie's last case involved a nine-year-old girl who lived with her grandparents because her mother had abandoned her. They were a couple that went to church every Sunday and made sure she had nice clothes for school and a hot breakfast each morning. And roughly once a week the little girl would wake up in the middle of the night to find her grandfather raping her. He told her if she said a word to anyone, she'd be out on the street.

 This is running through her mind as she pulls onto the highway, heading away from the Whites' house. Although there is no proof that this new case of hers is anything like the last one, there are resonances that Kenzie cannot put from her mind.

 There is something being hidden here. It's written all over Mariah White: it's why she makes it a point not to be in the same room as Kenzie for longer than five minutes. Sighing, Kenzie pulls down the visor to block the sinking sun. Maybe it's embarrassment over the institutionalization. Maybe it's only what Colin White told her - that Mariah intentionally went into hiding to avoid prosecution. But then, why would she have come back? And could there be more to it than that?

 In her two sessions with Faith, Kenzie has the sense that the child would prefer to stay with her mother. But she doesn't know if that's because she dislikes Jessica White or because Mariah has blackmailed her into staying.

 On the other hand, maybe Mariah White left New Canaan ignorant of Colin's plans to change custody. Maybe she was fleeing in the best interests of her child. There has been no hint from any medical personnel she's interviewed that Mariah White is a possible catalyst for any of Faith's physical or psychological problems. Maybe Faith is just a little girl with a particularly overactive imagination.'

- Debolina Raja Gupta