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To the outside world, they seem 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 return to California, something alters the picture of their perfect marriage. A frightening pattern is taking shape - a cycle of hurt, denial, and promises, thinly veiled by glamour.

Torn between fear and something that resembles love, Cassie wrestles with questions she never dreamed she would face: How can she leave? Then again, how can she stay?

©1995 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Recorded Books

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I LOVE Jody Picoult'S books, however...

this is the only book by this author that I simply did not like. Not because of the subject matter. She always writes something provocative. This just didn't feel very well written or quite honestly well. It hurts me to say this, because she is one of my absolutely favorite writers. That said, the subject matter is personal, heartbreaking and important to discuss.

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Not my favorite

I have been a fan of Jodi Picoult for quite some time. This book, though, I have to say was not a favorite. I think the narrators did a great job, but the story was kind of choppy. Usually her characters are so well developed, but they are lacking in this book. It's okay, but not fulfilling.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Elle
  • Texas usa
  • 09-20-16

Story was everywhere.

Had a hard time keeping up the with stories going back and forth. I would have like to have more of Cassie and Will romance. No I wouldn't recommend thus book.

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  • Karen
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 06-23-17

Looking for a Jodi Picoult novel? Skip this one!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone not looking for well-crafted characters and a can't stop reading story typical of this author.

Has Picture Perfect turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I've enjoyed all of Jodi Picoult's books, except this one.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was just OK.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. The characters, in particular, were very disappointing. Cassie and Alex, specifically, were awful. Their relationship was silly and unbelievable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Spoilers--Smply Hated It

The female narrator drove me a little crazy with fake laughs throughout and overly dramatized emotions, pauses and dramatic effects. I thought the male narrator was more even and easier to listen to.

I am not a big fan of books written for women and this one confirms why. Sexist and annoying even though the female lead triumphs in the end.

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I wanted this story to continue,

the ending felt like a beginning and I want to be there for that story

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Disappointing.

Hands down the worst Jodi Picoult I’ve read. There was no classic “Picoult twist” and the dialogue was unsophisticated.

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hard hitting as always

Once again she nails it like she has lived it! Lots of subjects can be told from actual events and passed off as novels and then there's Jodi, somehow someway she manages to envelope the reader into every story every life and make you ache for her characters... nail bitting suspense eith heart felt issues of life... by far my favorite author.

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meh

Picoult is my favourite author, but this book was so boring. I kept waiting for the "omg" twists that Jodi throws in to her stories, but it never happened with this one. The character was unrelateable.

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An insightful look into reality

Outstanding performers in a story that was never slow or boring but instead one that entices the listener into a world that is seldom understood except by those who have experienced it firsthand. I am thankful I have not.