There is something dark and disturbing behind the picture perfect marriage of anthropologist Cassie Barrett and her movie star husband, Alex Rivers. A study in spousal abuse that will touch your heart.
A woman wakes to find herself lying on top of a grave, her face pressed close to the headstone. She is hurt and bleeding, and her memory has been wiped clean - not only does she not know what she is doing there, but she does not even know who she is.
She is taken under the wing of William Flying Horse, LAPD and, after days of waiting, is taken by complete surprise when she is finally identified and collected by Alex Rivers, Hollywood movie star, and also her husband. Her name is Cassie Barrett, and she is a renowned archaeologist, who met Alex on a movie set in Africa.
Cassie is dazzled and bewildered by the life in which she suddenly finds herself - the fairytale Bel-Air mansion, all manner of fame and fortune, a successful career, the attentions of a handsome and doting husband. But everything is not quite right, and there is something dark and disturbing behind this glamorous life. It is only as her memory gradually returns that her picture perfect life comes crumbling down, and she is faced with a choice between fear and compassion.
'Picoult writes with an all-knowing and piercing eye. Hers is an important book from a talented writer we hope to hear from again and again.'
- Library Journal
'This is one of those books that keep you up way too late at night reading because you have to know what will happen next. Jodi Picoult creates compelling, real characters that grab you by the hand and hold on tight until the very last sentence.'
- Ann Hood, author of Properties of Water
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