Friday, 29 August 2008

Jodi Picoult: Picture Perfect

This is not the best Picoult novel, but it is still a compelling read and hard to put down. I also loved the set-up of the famous actor, the half-Indian and the anthropologist caught in the middle. The topic of domestic violence was presented and researched clearly and well. The one thing that was missing for me was the depth regarding the Native Indian culture (in comparison to other books such as Plain Truths with the exploitation of the Amish lifestyle).

To the outside world, they seemed to have it all. Cassie Barrett, a renowned anthropologist, and Alex Rivers, one of Hollywood's hottest actors, met on the set of a motion picture in Africa. They shared childhood tales, toasted the future, and declared their love in a fairy-tale wedding. But when they returned to California, something altered the picture or their perfect marriage. A frightening pattern took shape - a cycle of hurt, denial and promises, thinly veiled by glamour. Torn between fear and something that resembled love, Cassie wrestled with questions she never dreamed she would face: How could she leave? Then again, how could she stay?

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