Sunday, 31 December 2017

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
Published in America by Putnam in 1995.

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Swimming

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How I got this book:
Swapped for at a campsite book exchange

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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?

The central storyline of Picture Perfect is an accurate and moving portrayal of domestic abuse which manages to understand both the abused and the abuser and gives frightening insights into both worlds. However, the tale is shrouded in a lot of superfluous description of movie star, Alex Rivers', wealth, houses and possessions which I didn't need to read about again, and again. The detail of Native American lives was interesting, especially as seen in contrast to the rich white enclave. Overall, I felt as though this book hadn't really decided whether it wanted to be styled as a serious literature or a frothy romance. Ultimately it falls between the two stools which detracts from its important message.

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  1. My older sister and mother really love to read Picoult novels which made me curious about this one. And it sounds like an okay story, but like it lacks direction and sometimes the descriptions are a bit too overdone for it to be taken seriously.

    1. I've read a couple of Picoult books now and found them easy and exciting at the time, but they lack the depth that I enjoy in literary fiction.