Saturday, June 4, 2011

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

From Goodreads: As Jodi Picoult's Picture Perfect begins, it is daybreak in downtown Los Angeles. A woman suffering from amnesia is taken in by an officer new to the L.A. police force, after he finds her wandering aimlessly near a graveyard. Days later, when her husband comes to claim her at the police station, no one is more stunned than Cassie Barrett to learn that not only is she a renowned anthropologist, but she is married to Hollywood's leading man, Alex Rivers.
As Alex helps Cassie become reaccustomed to her fairy-tale existence, fragments of memory return: the whirlwind romance on location in Africa, her major anthropological discovery, the trajectory of Alex's career. Yet as Cassie settles into her glamor-filled life, uneasiness nags at her. She senses there is something troubling and wild that she cannot remember, something that would alter the picture of her perfect marriage. When she finds a positive pregnancy test in her bathroom, she is flooded with dark memories. Trying to piece together her past, she runs to the only person she trusts will keep her hidden--Will Flying Horse, the policeman who had initially harbored her.

Well, this one was not a homerun for me. I am having a string of Jodi Picoult bad luck. Tenth Circle was okay, Change of Heart was just okay too, and this one was just not even as okay as the others. How could I just love My Sister's Keeper (pre-blogging days so no review) and then not connect with any of her other books I read? I'm not really enthused by Native American settings (Team Edward not Jacob) unless they are done really well. So the use of the Native American stories and the chacracter Will and his family felt more like a distraction since they didn't capture my interest. And, what's with the cover? What does a yellow sundress on a fishing pole in the middle of a field have to do with this story? I must have missed something.

BookTiger tells me that Nineteen Minutes is good so that one is still on my list and we'll see how it stacks up against these others.


kim said...

I haven't read this one. In fact, I don't think I've even seen it. I've read most of Jodi Picoult, and i would agree, not many equal 'My Sister's Keeper', the first of hers that I read. However, I recently finished 'Sing You Home', and I have to say, it is the first one I've felt that is as good. You can read my review on my blog, if you are interested.

Essy said...

I would like you to keep up the good work. Thanks Kim I will review..
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Ελλάδα said...

That pretty much summarizes this Picoult story. I've never personally been so ticked off about a story before and closed the book only to open it right back up within a minute and finish. Ask me at the beginning and I would have not recommended it but after finishing, you must read it. The Tenth Circle does not shy away from subject matters that are disturbing, nonetheless, but are important for all to become familiar with. I cannot stress how much mothers of teenagers need to read this story.