Obviously, Jodi is a very popular author. She is brave with the themes and subjects she chooses to tackle, and Picture Perfect is no exception. In this novel she is leading the reader into the world of domestic abuse, along with the secrets and fear that ride shotgun. She also skims the surface of native isolation and poverty. Her writing style is very conversational and draws the reader easily into her story. I did feel that she tried to do too much here and it didn’t completely succeed, for me. There was a lot of repetition which began to water down the seriousness of the themes. The characters lacked depth for me, they were rather flat. This was largely because the same scenes played over and over again and so I began to feel frustrated rather than empathetic. The characters didn’t really grow or evolve. They just kept dancing the same dance over and over again. Not until the last 10 pages did things begin to pop. But by then, it was too little too late for me.
The sections about the Native community seemed to be irrelevant to the story. And what seemed to be a main character from that community
all but fizzled out, which was very disappointing. The book could have been 100 pages shorter and I believe, more effective.
Overall, I would give the book a thin 3 stars. When I start to speed read a book, it has lost its appeal. This happened a lot in this novel. I was happy when I finally turned the last page. 🙁