'...so taut you may need to remind yourself to breathe.' - Sun-Herald '...packed with suspense and insight. If you enjoy reading Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, this is a novel which will absorb you.' - Highlife What would push you to commit a crime? Assistant District Attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters, and in the course of her ...
'...so taut you may need to remind yourself to breathe.' - Sun-Herald '...packed with suspense and insight. If you enjoy reading Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, this is a novel which will absorb you.' - Highlife What would push you to commit a crime? Assistant District Attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters, and in the course of her everyday work she endures the frustration of seeing too many criminals slip through the system and walk free. So when she receives the awful news that her son Nathaniel has been sexually abused and is so traumatised that he is now mute she takes justice into her own hands as she enters the courtroom with a gun. She may have killed the man who hurt her son, but has she destroyed her family in the process? And whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? In Perfect Match, Jodi Picoult again weaves a heart-wrenching story which explores the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her child. Part thriller, part courtroom drama and part family portrait, this disturbing novel paints an indelible portrait of a family torn apart, and the drama of its riveting courtroom conclusion maintains the suspense until th
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Good story line as usual. Keeps me up reading when I should be sleeping.
Oct 20, 2011
Wonderful book, I 'm still telling my friends about it.
Jul 24, 2007
HARD TO PUT DOWN.
I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan and this is my favorite of the books of hers I have read (I still haven't read the last two). I admit it took me a long time to read her books simply because of the subject matter. I felt the same way about this one. Most of us don't want to read a book about such an uncomfortable subject. The molestation is only a small part of the book, it is just the catalyst. The story grabs you within the first few chapters and refuses to let go. One of the most surprising things about this book is the fact that I liked it so much while not liking the main character. I have heard this from friends of mine too. I have loaned it to several friends and they have loved it and I have always recieved the same comment "I couldn't put it down. It was so good!" I have only loaned it to women so far so I can't give a man's perspective. You won't waste your money on this one.
Apr 6, 2007
This is the first of Ms. Picoult's books I have read and I now look forward to reading everything she has written. The book picks you up and carries you all the way until the great ending. What a treat to read an author that pays attention to the end of a book. I highly recommend this writer.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-05-06 One plot element"a case of child molestation involving a Catholic priest"in Picoult's latest novel (after Salem Falls) now seems eerily prescient, but that's only part of the saga she weaves, which is primarily an indictment of the current criminal justice system. Nina Frost, an assistant district attorney in Maine, knows how hard it is to obtain a conviction for a sex crime when the victim is a juvenile, so when her five-year-old son, Nathaniel, identifies their priest as being the man who raped him, Nina's grievances with the system become personal. Frustrated by the threat of an unsatisfactory legal outcome, she takes the law into her own hands, killing the priest in open court. Awaiting her own trial, a startling fact emerges from the DNA: the priest was innocent. Will Nina be able to prove to a jury that her actions were justified, particularly since she killed the wrong man? Picoult adeptly renders Nina's feelings"impotence, guilt, the drive for retribution"but Nina is herself an unsympathetic heroine, from her initial accusation of her husband to her arrogant vigilante stance, which does little to persuade the reader that an act of premeditation should be recast as maternal instinct. While the argument that the current system is flawed is solid, the only alternative offered is an iffy form of frontier justice that many readers may find unpalatable. (May) Forecast: The cover, a cozy-looking New England home surrounded by flowers at sunset, won't give browsers any hint of what's inside, but the ripped-from-the-headlines plot should generate sufficient buzz to overcome that. Major ad/promo; 11-city author tour. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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