by Jodi Picoult
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?
A woman wakes to find herself lying on top of a grave. 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 is taken by surprise when she is finally identified by Alex Rivers, Hollywood movie star, her husband. Her name is Cassie Barrett, and she is a renowned archaeologist.
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. It is only as her memory gradually returns that her picture perfect life comes crumbling down, and she is faced with a choice.