The Center for women’s reproductive health offers a last chance at hope – but nobody ends up there by choice.
Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder.
Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage.
Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people – the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment – to this point.
And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.
‘ A Spark of Light’ begins with a seemingly random act of violence. The reasons for which are gradually revealed historically hour by hour as the story lays bare the root causes whilst exploring how the main characters find themselves embroiled in the tragic situation.
‘ The Right to Life’ and ‘The Right to Choose’ is at the crux of this story, which is inevitably thought-provoking, and poignant. Even though the themes are serious, the characterisation is so good that whatever your beliefs and opinions you can see all sides to this debate.
Realistic and vividly drawn characters are what makes this story readable but this isn’t escapism reading but a contribution to the life and choice debate and violence in 21st- century society.
I received a copy of this book from Hodder & Stoughton via NetGalley in return for an honest review.