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Book Review: Picture Perfect

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This is a book by Jodi Picoult who, I must confess, is one of my favourite authors. I have all her books! This particular book was released in 1995 and was her third book.


The book begins with a woman hurt and bleeding, waking up at a graveyard with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She is found by an LAPD cop, William Flying Horse who feels a connection with her and takes her to his place while he puts a missing persons ad in the paper. The only thing they know is that she is married, given the wedding ring on her finger. After waiting for days, she is finally identified thanks to the ad as being Alex Rivers’ wife: Cassie Barrett. An anthropologist. A successful anthropologist. And Alex Rivers is not just any man. He is a major Hollywood star.

Cassie is taken home by Alex to this picture-perfect life. After all, he is a Hollywood star and they have everything money can buy. But then, as her memory starts to return, Cassie realises that all is not perfect as was initially presented. Cassie remembers why she was at the graveyard that night. She was running away. From an abusive husband. Alex Rivers has been physically abusive towards Cassie, and like most abusive partners, apologises and cries after kicking and punching her. Cassie loved him dearly and believed those apologies. Those tears. Those words that it would never happen again. That he needs her. And in the end, she has to decide what to do. Will she have the courage to leave him or will it end tragically?

It is a lovely and sad book. Jodi Picoult takes you into a house that on the outside, is perfect, but has several demons inside. It is a realistic portrayal of so many families out there. Of women who believe their abusive partners words and stay in the relationship. Of those women who get the courage to walk out…only to return.Of women who put on a mask for the rest of the world. Of highly educated, intelligent and successful women who are charmed by such abusive men and find it hard to leave.

You can feel Cassie’s pain and you hate Alex, despite his charms.

You wonder why Alex needs Cassie so much but still treats her like shit.

You wonder what core beliefs Cassie has about herself that makes her stay (Ok…so this might just be me, given my psych background! Sorry…)

You urge Cassie to get away….to leave him.

You hold your breath wondering if she will.

It’s an amazing read. And it will tug at your emotions.

Highly recommended!

My rating:

Until next time,


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  • Titaxy
    18 December 2009 at 1:12 am

    i have my sister’s keeper pdf now :D..i’m gonna be reading it next week 🙂

  • Richa
    18 December 2009 at 1:21 am

    Oooh… Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite too. Though I only read her when I am not as much stressed. Her books usually touch me somewhere deep.

    Haven’t read this one yet but now I am curious..

  • Smita
    18 December 2009 at 3:20 am

    I skipped the review as am planning to write one soon & don’t want to be influenced!!! So will be back later!!!

    But yes I loved the book, It handles a sensitive issue so so well!!!

  • Antarman
    18 December 2009 at 5:24 am

    Never read any book of this writer, now will try to get it:)

  • MilesPerHour
    18 December 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds like a book my GF would love and she owns her own library. At least our house feels like one. Gonna pass this on to her.

  • indianhomemaker
    18 December 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Loved the review. Sounds like a terrific read. I am definitely planning to read it.

  • Ms Smack
    19 December 2009 at 6:29 am

    Excellent Review! I’ll keep an eye out for it!

    thanks 🙂

  • LadyinRed
    19 December 2009 at 7:53 am

    I still like My Sister’s Keeper the best, but I do love most of her books. Although I didn’t quite like Change Of Heart, I think it was dragging and boring… I’m looking forward for her coming books…