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.
Cassie Barrett then begins to remember bits about her life: her passion for her career as an anthropologist, the whirlwind romance on location in Africa, her childhood. But she senses there is something troubling in this perfect life that she can't remember. And then, when she sees a pregnancy test, it all comes flooding back - and once again, Cassie feels there is no alternative but escape.
©1995 Jodi Picoult; (P)2009 Hodder & Stoughton
I thought the idea for this story was intriguing. The portrayal of domestic abuse rang true and was subtly and sensitively told. I liked the legends even though it wasn't always clear why they were there. The use of music to clarify flashbacks was generally helpful to the listener even if the choice was a bit annoying and cloying at times.
However there were plot elements which I felt somehow didn't work and didn't add to the story except to its length. I listened to the abridged version only because there wasn't a full version and I usually like long novels but this novel felt as if it went on and on... and on...
An avid reader who usually has two or three books on the go at one time I particularly enjoy historical fiction such as Barbara Erskine's.
Beautifully read and gripping story. Jodi Picoult yet again picks up on a contemporary topic and explores it - good looking wealthy and famous couple with everything to live for, yet behind closed doors he beats her. How does she behave when their lives are lived out in front of cameras and world-wide media? I loved this one!
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