Beneath beauty, evil lurks...
Katie Anderson has no idea who she is, or why she was abandoned to her fate after an attack by an escaped Sumatran tiger — the pet of a local Californian scriptwriter. Who was she with when she was attacked? Why was there a severed goat's head secreted in her rucksack? In the five years since the attack, Katie has grown accustomed to the indelible paw print etched on her cheek, which draws sympathetic glances and repulsed stares in equal measure. That is, until the cruelty of a casual comment from a wrinkle-free diner at The Alice Garden restaurant in Sanur Beach sparks her quest for answers, launching Katie on a painful path to discover the truth. Will Katie find the spiritual and emotional serenity she craves? Or will society's obsession with physical perfection defeat her progress?
My Review: Sandy beaches, crystal clear, waters and balmy breezes can’t bring back Katie’s first nineteen years. She loves her life on Bali and the family that took her in after the incident with the tiger that almost killed her and left her beautiful face scarred.
Todd had planned to go with Katie to the UK to try to piece together her life and find the family she longs for, but a chance customer at the restaurant where they both work hands Katie a business card from a plastic surgeon. Her life takes a drastic turn.
She leaves with the doctor, and Todd, hurt by her actions, goes to Australian to work for the summer taking along a new girlfriend. With new friends and old helping Katie in the UK and Bali, her past begins to unfold and she discovers something very sinister happened to her at a young, vulnerable age taking her away from all she knew and wiping away her memory.
Ms. Paley’s marvelous way with words and unique storytelling has the reader in the throes of the story right from the beginning. Heart pumping—running away from the tiger to the very end and resolution for Katie this book is hard to put down. I highly recommend it and believe it is one of my favorites by this author, although it is hard to choose from her array of well-written fiction.