The theme of trust and distrust reoccurs in the novel as seen through the experiences of Adora, Camille, Richard, and the police. Adora does not trust her husband, Alan. She keeps him in the dark about her problems and often lies to him. Alan, on the other hand, naively believes everything Adora tells him.
Camille does not trust anyone enough to show them her scarred body. She is so carefully about hiding her scars that she has sex with her clothes on. She does not trust that others, even those who show signs of caring for her like the detective, will understand why she cuts herself. She also conceals essential information when she goes to the psychiatric hospital. This implies that she does not trust the physician she finds there.
Richard also doesn’t trust Camille. He does not tell her openly that he suspects Adora to be the killer. After getting to know Camille, Richard ultimately trusts her enough to reveal why he became involved with her in the first place. He tells her the truth and admits to having fallen in love with her.
The police also fail to trust James Capisi, the boy from the poor section of the town. James gives them information that could have helped in solving the murder easily but they ignore him because he comes from a low-income family and his mother is dying. Throughout the story, Frank, Camille’s boss, continues to trust that she will do an excellent job by covering the murder story.