Book Club – Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller reviewed by you

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We absolutely love reading & Jodi Picoult is a firm favourite at Sanctuary Spa HQ, we’ve been reading The Storyteller with our Book Club & this is what we thought…



Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone’s favourite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favour: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who’s committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behaviour? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice?

What our Book Club thought…

The shocking, appalling and horrific account which Jodi Picoult tells of the Holocaust is a surprisingly compelling read. There are several stories all intertwined but the main one is the one told through Sage who lures the reader in as she tells her tale in a conversational tone. It is a gripping read as the characters are SO believable and the events historic. I did not want to put it down!

It’s not something I would have chosen for myself to read as the subject matter is so disturbing but that makes it all the more successful. I would urge anyone who wants a deeply moving read with an amazing twist at the end to put this on your “to do” list!

-Lynne, Stratford Upon Avon


 I would not normally choose a book based around world war but I gave it a go…

I finished the book in less than two weeks to my surprise, although very uncomfortable reading at times it was utterly compelling. Seeing the story told and heard through the four main characters was very cleverly done, constantly threw up questions & the twist at the end was surprising! The subject was so thoroughly detailed and I really felt drawn in to the horrors faced on a daily basis through the eyes of both victim and persecutor. This is a book that will long haunt especially as this is not just a story, but a well-researched insight into such a dreadful event in history brought to life through its telling.

– Alison, Kent


This is one of the most moving & well written books I have ever read. I’ve read a number of Jodi Picoult’s other novels but none have stayed with me in the way that this one has. I don’t think I would have picked this novel myself as I often think War novels are difficult to read. However, the tales of the two main female characters, Sage & Minka, are so captivating & history is really brought to life in a very emotional way. The 4 stories that run through the book seem unrelated & a little difficult to follow to begin with, but all is revealed as the story unravels. There were a lot of tears (often on the train to work!) & I have a new level of understanding & perspective of the impact of the war. This is a must read!

– Emily, London


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  1. Victoria says:

    I was so happy to part of the book club. I love reading but often don’t make time for it. The book club pushed me to get reading again and it’s really interesting hearing what other readers thought. I can’t wait for the next read!