Perfect Match

Perfect Match

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult brings to life a female prosecutor whose cherished family is shattered when she learns that her five-year-old son has been sexually abused.

What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love--and justice?

In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well. In a heartbeat, Nina's absolute truths and convictions are turned upside down, and she hurtles toward a plan to exact her own justice for her son--no matter the consequence, whatever the sacrifice.

From its provocative opening to the astonishing and revelatory finale, Perfect Match enters the raw and private realm of a parent's heart, and ultimately questions our assumptions about family, security, and love.
Publisher: New York :, Pocket Books,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781501111419
Branch Call Number: Pbk PIC

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maipenrai
Mar 22, 2021

In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes puts these criminals behind bars. Far too often she sees the children as traumatized first by the abuse and second by the legal system which often regards them as "incompetent" witnesses or forces them to relive the trauma in court. When her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, becomes a victim of sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb are shattered. They feel an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a justice system that Nina knows all too well. In a heartbeat, Nina's absolute truths and convictions are turned upside down, and she enacts a plan to exact her own justice for her son. But are the consequences too great? **** This novel is well written and certainly keeps the reader involved in the outcome. There are no easy moral answers to the quandary faced by this family or to their choices. I was not certain that I agreed with the novel's resolution, but this feeling of moral questioning may have been purposeful on the part of the author. Very little is black and white concerning the role of a parent in the protection of a child. Recommend with the caveat concerning the sensitive topic of childhood sexual abuse.

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SR806
Oct 16, 2020

I enjoy most of Picoult's books that I've read. This one held my interest. There was a short section of the book that just kind of ended without the mother having any comments. (I found that rather strange and don't want to say what it was so that I don't ruin someone's reading.) It is not for teens to read in my opinion.

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milburnmom
Oct 25, 2019

Read Summer of 2018.

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MillieBT
May 02, 2019

How far would you go to protect someone you love....Nina Frost Assistant District Attorney prosecutes child molesters....did her husband Caleb molest their five year old son Nathaniel..nothing is black and white.....captivating read

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NanCcan
Jun 20, 2016

This book kept me reading as much as Jodi Picoult's other books, but because it is every mother's nightmare, it wasn't a "fun" read - rather stressful.
None of us knows what we would do in a given situation and each of the characters are surprised at their own actions in this drama. As always, Jodi Picoult immerses us in the roles of people on all sides of a situation, so that we find ourselves thinking from the point of view of each of them.
Jodi Picoult also helps us see how quickly people jump to conclusions about the guilt of anyone who has been arrested, and the reason why we should consider them innocent until proven guilty. Once we have the whole picture - then and only then - we can form our own judgements.

loonylovesgood Oct 21, 2015

I read this long ago, so my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I do remember the mother made me want to scream. Some of the stuff she did in this book, I swear....

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greencheerios
May 28, 2014

a few too many characters so it sometimes gets a little confusing.

Its not the type of book you can't put down but its also not the type of book you have to force yourself to finish. Its an in between, nothing special.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: I don't recommend this book--much too long--too many things that I just make it too unbelieveable. I do enjoy some of Picoult's novels--eg. "My Sister's Keepr"--but many of her novels fall short of this.

BookFaerie27 Apr 06, 2012

It took me about a month to read this just because it was so long, but it was not time wasted. Perfect Match was absolutely amazing. While reading it I found out Jodi Picoult also wrote My Sister's Keeper, so I believed her others books would be good as well, like this one. I was not wrong. When a book frustrates you this much, it either means it's a horrible book or it had meaning and you actually wanted to understand the characters and their feelings. This book falls under the latter. Unusual twists, killer characters (ha-ha) and a totally unexpected ending, Perfect Match is worth every minute of the whole month.

ajcon Jun 27, 2011

Good book, like all the other Jodi Picoult books: has interesting characters, family conflicts.

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NanCcan
Sep 04, 2016

Change your point of view, and the perspective is completely different.

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DavidB
Feb 07, 2009

You're the prime example of why we have laws in the first place.

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DavidB
Feb 07, 2009

As a prosecutor, Nina Frost dealt with hundreds cases of sexual abuse against children but everything changed for her when she finds out her own son is now a victim. There is no extreme to which she won’t now go to protect her child. Because of this the one’s she loves become caught in a vortex of tragedy and trials that follow.

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