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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Left a lot unanswered

The narrators were wonderful and did a great job. However, the ending was frustrating. Like the author had no idea how domestic violence worked. she just left? where did she go? did she go back to work? did the paparazzi continue to harass her and Conner? it was very disappointing.

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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.

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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.

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Jodi Picoult May have lost her touch

This is the second Picoult book I've listened to in the last month that just didn't hit the mark for me.

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Love Jodi Picoult but....

Wouldn’t really recommend to Jodi Picoult fans. Disappointed with how flat and one dimensional the characters and storyline were.

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I never write reviews. This one won’t be positive.

I NEVER write reviews- good, bad, or indifferent. I was so disappointed by this book, I felt like I needed to warn others. I can hardly finish it. The story drags on and includes a lot of background that doesn’t seem necessary. IMO, it wasn’t worth the credit.

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Not Jodi Picoult's best

After The Book of Two Ways, I had high hopes for this book. I was very disappointed, both with the story and one of the two narrators, Amanda Cobb. Brian Hutchison was great.

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Hmmm ?!?!

The story line was great. Loved the characters. Physical and emotional abuse is a very real problem and as a reader (and previous victim) I knew and understood the feelings and thoughts and what would likely happen. glad there was a focus on getting help. Wish there was a sequel or expanded ending, it felt abrupt

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