“In her twentieth novel, Jodi Picoult remains the queen of ethical dilemmas presented in highly readable prose. In each of her previous novels, Picoult presents us with a wonderfully original and socially relevant question. In The Storyteller the question of whether it is possible to forgive the mass murder of the Holocaust, while still enormously relevant, just does not strike me as being as original as The Pact, My Sister's Keeper, or Nineteen Minutes. Furthermore, Picoult's strength has always been in capturing the contemporary American family perfectly on the page. Her prose falters when she imagines a Polish family during the war.
Having said all that, I could not put the book down, and finished it in less than a day. So clearly despite the above points, and the contrived references to Snooki, Naomi Campbell, Joe Paterno and Justin Bieber, this is another great holiday read. ”