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Yellow River Pledge

by Lisa Colodny

Imagine being Dr Jordan Chamberlain, a successful, beautiful, young medical examiner with the perfect husband, the perfect life, and perfect friends. Somewhat of a whiz, kid, she’s younger than most Medical Examiner’s and enjoys a bit of glamor whenever forensic data is sent to trial. To an outside observer, she has it all, until that is, her husband, Jason announces one day without warning that he doesn’t want to be married anymore. Jordan’s perfect life crashes and burns all around, her. She buries herself even deeper into work and embarks temporarily on a career consulting with the FBI’s Violet Crimes Division, under the careful eye of college friends turned colleagues, who support her during her time of crisis.

Book Club Questions

  1. How was your reading experience? Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to "get into it"?
  2. Describe the main characters (Jordan, Jason, Sean, Maria, Amy, and Amy—personality traits, motivations,and inner qualities.
    • Describe the dynamics between them.
    • How has their past shaped their lives?
    • Do they remind you of people you know?
  3. There are several arcs of closure. Can you identify them? For example, the main arc of closure is Jordan’s ability to finally let go of Jason and the life she had with him. There are several others.
  4. Discuss the plot:
    • Was the plot engaging—do you find the story interesting?
    • Is this a plot-driven book—a fast-paced page-turner?
    • Does the plot unfold slowly with a focus on character?
    • Were you surprised by complications, twists & turns?
  5. What main ideas—themes—does the author explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.) Does the author use symbols to reinforce the main ideas?
  6. What passages strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that's funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there's a particular comment that states the book's thematic concerns?
  7. Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not...and how would you change it?
  8. If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? Have you read other books by the same author? If so how does this book compare. If not, does this book inspire you to read others?
  9. Has this novel changed your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?
  10. What did you not like about the story or the characters?