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Picture Perfect [Hardcover]

Jodi Picoult
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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April 1995

She is Jane Doe.

A woman who cannot remember her name, found hurt and bleeding, alone, in a graveyard.

All she knows is a feeling: that she's been here before. That she's hidden here, taken refuge.

But what - or who - is she running from?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T) (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399140409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399140402
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,072,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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A riveting, unfailingly intelligent, and undeniably literary psychological drama. (Booklist)

Picoult has an uncanny knack of dreaming up moral dilemmas that you cannot ignore: you must know the resolution (Sunday Express)

Jodi Picoult's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding (Marie Claire)

A touchingly raw tale (Heat)

Slick, emotive and as readable as ever. (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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What do you do when the person who holds you together is the one who tears you apart? Jodi Picoult's compelling number one bestseller centres on domestic abuse. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK book 19 Mar 2008
"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?"

The sypnosis doesn't really give you a clue about the book.

It opens with Cassie, injured and found in a graveyard. She doesn't remeber who she is. The book to start with is about how she rediscovers herself. Then rediscovers the secrets of her homelife.

I have only read 2 Picoult books now, and while this book was ok, I did think of shutting it and moving on about half way through. I'm glad i stuck with it though. There were many times i wanted to scream at the main character of cassie, tell her not to do this, or do do that. But the good thing about this book, it is not predictable, so she ended up doing the things I didn't want her to.

It took a frustratingly long time for Cassie to see the light, but I can appreciate that in situations like this, it's not as simple as walking away.

The characters were well detailed, and you got under the skin of them all, understanding the reasoning behind what happens in this story.

I would give this book a 7 out of 10.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romantic drama that stays with you 13 Aug 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jodi Picoult has created characters so multi-dimensional that, days after finishing the book, I still find myself thinking about the characters and the story. Enough background is given on each character that even Alex, the abusive husband, seems sympathetic and it was easier to understand how Cassie could choose to stay in an abusive marriage. I found myself hoping the relationship would work out and I couldn't wait to see how the book would end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rather boring 2 July 2013
If I'm brutally honest I found this book very boring. It has a strong beginning that drew me in but it wasn't long before I found myself lost in endless dialogue and characters I didn't feel any empathy with. It wasn't the subject matter that was the problem since I feel very strongly about the issue of abusive marriage, rather it was the one dimensional characters and waffly plot that could have easily been condensed to make a stronger and sharper read. I kept expecting a twist at the end that didn't happen. It might have worked better if more had been made of the amnesia aspect of the plot but that soon sank into oblivion and there was no real mystery to any of it. I wouldn't recommend this book although I've read other books by this author that I've enjoyed immensely so I'd suggest checking others out and writing this one off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed :o( 11 May 2011
I have read every one of Jodi Picoult books and am always scanning to see when the next is due out. I love that all of them contain moral dilemas, you think you know what you would do in that situation and you turn the page and suddenly you don't. Not everything is black and white. However this was, in my opiniom, a Hollywood trash novel like so many others around. I was reading and thinking it must get better, then thought, is this Jodi's attempt to get into Hollywood trash market. There was no thought provoking questions at the back of the book, which said to me that there was nothing to discuss. Several times i nearly put it down unfinished but carried on thnking there must be some great twist and there wasn't. :o(

I'd give this a wide berth, I wish i had!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Irene
I have read several books by the same author; I really loved some of them, I thought others could be better, but this was by far the worst that I ever came across. After 200 pages I couldn't bear to waste anymore time reading it. I admit I did go online to look for the ending, as I saw still a little curious about the story...But I could not possibly stomach another 300 or so pages.
An example? In the opening chapter the protagonist Cassie is found wounded, unconscious and with amnesia in a cemetery, wearing " a bomber jacket she doesn't remember buying". When her husband finally shows up at the police station to collect her a fews days later, do you think the police will try to shed some light on what happened to his wife, on who might have hurt her and tried to kill her, simply by asking him to identify the jacket..? Nada! There is no inquiry whatsoever into what migth have happened to her. In the following days she does not care, her husband does not care, the police don't seem to care either.
That is a very very poor beginnning in my opinion. As for the rest, I personally cannot believe that someone would not want to know what happened to her. I mean, if you do not find that out, how can you know who to trust? Anyone could have done that to her, a stranger or someone very close to her... I just cannot believe that everyone, police included, would just sit on their asses, especially since she's the wife of a world famous actor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Domestic violence
Interesting topic but let down by unrealistic characters. Readable with pacey plot but ultimately irritating. Alex and Cassie portrayed too sympathetically.
Published 3 days ago by DJW WILLIAMS
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not her best.
Published 3 days ago by A M Gill
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth hanging on to the end
this book was a little boring and doesnt address a few odd questions like why no one at police station etc recognizes a wife of a famous movie star &why dont they investigate her... Read more
Published 23 days ago by padds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good, as always
Published 1 month ago by bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars So believable
A well written book and not over dramatized.
Easy to read without bad language and excessive violence description. Well worth buying.
Published 2 months ago by marilyn nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife loves her books.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Schaad
3.0 out of 5 stars not her best
Not my favourite book but it's not bad. Ending was a bit abrupt. Much prefer her other books. Still ok
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Longden
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but long drawn out
I have been reading Picoult for some years now and have always looked forward to her new works. However, the last two or three have been rather disappointing to be honest. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donkey Lasher
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great dilemma story
This book was hard to get into, unusual for a Jodi Picoult, but it improved as it went along. Not the best of hers but worth a read
Published 5 months ago by Julia Nunn
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