“Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Oh. My. God. This book was literally mind blowing. If you have not read it I demand you go out and get it right now. You don’t even need to read the rest of this review to know how much I loved it (although please do). Im not even sure I actually have the words that can fully explain the impact this book had on me, although I will try. I have been wanting to read this book since last year as it was branded the modern day to kill a mocking bird and have been meaning to pick it up so I put it on my list of books that I needed to read this year and when I was thinking about what I wanted to read next this was at the top of my list. After reading it, it’s definitely not a decision I regret making and it definitely lived up to, if not surpassed, my expectations.
This book just makes you feel all kinds of things. It’s just so much more than you could imagine. Everything you thought you knew changes whilst you read this book. I love that it’s told from Ruth’s, Kennedy’s and Turk’s point of view. At first I thought it should have been told from Brit’s point of view but the further you get the more you realise why its told from Turk’s point of view and you actually end up sympathising him and see how the experience changes him, in ways you don’t expect. There is so much in this book that you don’t expect, especially towards the end. I actually answered a question for February’s blogger book nook about if I was to send a book to everyone in the world to read what would it be and if I had read this before answering it I would have said this book all day long. You just need to read it. End of.
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