When I read change of heart, I was already exposed to Picoult’s work. Most of us have started reading her novels as young adults. For me her work ranges from ok-ish to excellent reads but I am the crime/thriller/dark type of woman (we all have preference in different aspects of our lives). Honestly, I was a little doubtful if this novel can satisfy my ever need for reading dramatic novels.
I found that I actually enjoyed the novel. The characters had some depth and you can pick up that the writer, Picoult, knew what she was talking about in the way she describes certain events or circumstances such as a death row penalty. Picoult made it her duty to find out how the death row penalty work up to how an execution gets performed.
The novel is narrated by several characters from the story and in this way you can get a sense of their experiences and what they are feeling throughout the novel.
The novel is emotionally compelling to an extent and you can’t help but to feel the pain of some of the characters.
Shay Bourne was convicted for the murder of June Neale’s husband and eldest daughter. He was sentenced to life and got the death row penalty; also he happens to be New Hampshire’s first death row prisoner in 69 years. But Shay has one last request and that is to donate his heart to the sister of his victim. Claire Neale has a heart condition and needs a transplant in order to live.
Shay say that it will be his only way to redeem himself by donating his heart but he is aware that it would be medically impossible to donate his heart as he would be executed with lethal injection.
A young local priest, named Father Michael Wright, has been appointed as Shay’s spiritual advisor and plans to convince Shay to make peace with what has happened and that redemption has nothing to do with organ donation. But then a series of miracles happen through Shay and it gets witnessed by other inmates, the wardens as well as the priest. Then the media finds out and they start calling him the Messiah.
June Neale wants nothing to do with Shay and does not want to accept his heart donation but her daughter Claire is busy dying. June already lost her first husband in an accident and then her second husband and eldest daughter for which Shay was convicted of murdering. Can she stand to lose another daughter, another person she loves?
I will stop this synopsis right here, if you would like to no more and find it to be interesting, I would then suggest you pick up a copy and read it 🙂