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By Jodi Picoult

Police leader of a small Massachusetts city, Cameron McDonald makes the hardest arrest of his existence while his personal cousin Jamie involves him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ailing spouse out of mercy.

Now, a heated homicide trial plunges the city into upheaval, and drives a wedge right into a contented marriage: Cameron, supporting the prosecution of their case opposed to Jamie, is unexpectedly at odds along with his dedicated spouse, Allie -- seduced by means of the belief of a guy so in love along with his spouse that he'd supply all her needs, even her desire to finish her lifestyles. And while an inexplicable appeal ends up in a stunning betrayal, Allie faces the toughest questions of the guts: while does love go the road of ethical legal responsibility? And what does it suggest to actually love another?

Praised for her "personal, detail-rich type" (Glamour), Jodi Picoult infuses this page-turning novel with middle, heat, and startling candor, taking readers on an unforgettable emotional trip.

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He can already smell,” Jamie stated. “He desires to stroll. ” Maggie sank down on his lap. She pulled off the HMD and touched her hand to the display, shaking her head. “It consistently amazes me how far better it appears with the helmet on. ” “That’s the assumption. ” Jamie smiled. “Imagine,” Maggie acknowledged. “To be so lively, and to have that taken clear of you. If I ever get into an coincidence and turn into a quadriplegic, you will have my permission to shoot me. ” Reflexively, Jamie’s hands tightened round her. “You shouldn’t even funny story approximately that,” he stated. “And you don’t rather suggest it. ” Maggie raised her eyebrows. “You’d are looking to stay as a vegetable? ” “You’re no longer a vegetable. you continue to have your brain. ” “And you’re caught in it,” Maggie extra. “No thanks. ” “You have all 5 of your senses,” Jamie argued. “You can nonetheless see, you could believe with the surface in your face, you could scent, you could style, and you'll listen. ” “Taste is a silly sense,” Maggie muttered absently. “No one may pass over it. ” “You might in the event you didn’t have it,” Jamie acknowledged. “I’d otherwise be blind, deaf, and dumb than quadriplegic. ” Even with the whir of the desktops at the back of the lab, the room was once too silent for Jamie’s liking. He saved considering that in the event that they endured to speak like this, they’d be tempting destiny. “I wish you by no means need to make that choice,” Jamie murmured. Maggie took her hand and pressed it to his cheek. “You might stand now not feeling me contact you here,” she stated, relocating her arms to his brow and over his lips. “And the following, or the following. ” Then she slid her hand down his chest, among his thighs, to cup him. “But to put out of your mind what this appears like? ” He felt himself transforming into into her palm. He couldn't think that the sensations Maggie might create by means of touching him have been anything he could ever have difficulty remembering. perhaps that was once the clue for his application, too—evoke a reminiscence of what was once, in order that the brain made up the parameters the physique bodily couldn’t. He might use the sounds and scents of a online game of tennis, and mount a small fan within the HMD to offer the feeling of wind attributable to flow. If there have been sufficient bombarding stimuli to elicit a recollection of working, of serving a tennis ball, why couldn’t your head make you think that it was once rather occurring back? Maggie squeezed him lightly. Jamie swallowed. the matter used to be, an analogous brain which could droop its disbelief had the potential to be rational. a guy who had walked for forty-two years ahead of surviving an twist of fate wouldn’t be fooled through bells, and whistles. a guy who had touched his spouse and moved inside of her physique and felt her sweat drying on his personal dermis wouldn't stay happy with a resurrected reminiscence. if you got here right down to it, irrespective of how sturdy Jamie used to be at what he did, a digital global may by no means be the genuine factor. Jamie cupped his arms over Maggie’s breasts and grazed his the teeth alongside her neck. “You have a point,” he acknowledged. “If you aren’t spooked approximately that sort of thing,” Zandy Monroe stated, “I can move locate Hugo.

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