For 18 years, the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. Parents and children alike are best friends ¿ so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born.
What do you do when the person who holds you together is the one who tears you apart? Best-selling phenomenon Picoult's novel centres on domestic abuse. A woman is found in a Los Angeles graveyard, unable to remember anything about herself or her life. No one is more surprised than she when, days later, her husband comes to the police station to take her home - and turns out to be Hollywood's leading superstar, Alex Rivers.
In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression, and her daughter, Faith, begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child's imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter, a girl with no religious background, might indeed be seeing God.
"A gorgeous book."
Cameron MacDonald has spent his life guided by duty. As the police chief of a small Massachusetts town that has been home to generations of his Scottish clan, he is bound to the town's residents by blood and honour. When his cousin Jamie arrives at the police station with the body of his wife and the bald confession that he's killed her, Cam immediately places him under arrest. The situation isn't as clear to Cam's wife, Allie.
Katie Ellison can't believe it. Just when she's having the most outstanding summer of her life, Tommy Sullivan arrives back in town. Why's that so bad? Because just about everyone hates Tommy for what he did four years ago. And Katie's boyfriend, Seth, has the biggest reason of all to hate him. But four years on, Tom is far from the "freak" he was labelled in the graffiti that still scars the gymnasium wall. In fact, he's totally HOT.
FBI agent Smoky Barrett is no stranger to the darker recesses of the human mind. But nothing could have prepared her for the day she had to watch her husband and daughter die at the hands of a serial killer. She bears the scars, mental and physical. Most people would run, from work, from life, from everything associated with the pain of a shattered existence. But Smoky doesn't know how to run.