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Perfect Match, The by JODI PICOULT

Perfect Match, The (original 2002; edition 2006)


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Title:Perfect Match, The
Info:Hodder Paperbacks (2006), Paperback, 416 pages
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Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (2002)



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**spoiler alert** Jodi Picoult is amazing, a little too good in the case of this book. It was haunting. The writing is so great.

I had to stop reading about halfway through. I think this was the first book in my entire life that I couldn’t finish because of the reason it was too upsetting. Any book I never could finish was always because I didn’t like it or I found it boring or a slow or dry read.

This wasn’t the case. The opposite, in fact. The story was so real that it was too difficult to read it. It was as if I was right along the character, with them as they went through these terrible ordeals.

I stopped reading around the part where her trial starts. I maybe could have handled the rest, but I am sorry. It makes me disgusted to see a mother act so selfishly. Her son needs her. She basically abandoned him by her actions. I can’t say what I would ever do (I never want to find out), but I know I would never do anything that would jeopardize me being there for my child.

I don’t know. This could be considered an incomplete review, since I only read half, but I just felt like putting that out there.

***WARNING: Don’t read if you want your heart wrenched out of your chest, your lungs squeezed, your stomach dropped, or your head pounded*** ( )
  magelet87 | Jan 18, 2017 |
As a mom and grandmother the subject of Perfect Match is frightening and disturbing. But I doubt I could ever do what Nina did especially so early in the legal process.

Picoult's novels are full of family drama; and many twists and turns. Perfect Match is no exception. But I sometimes feel that her books are a little too perfect; like a woman wearing too much make-up.

I thought the ending was pat and obvious, and the surprise twist didn't make sense based on the character's behavior for a good part of the book. ( )
  Bookish59 | Jul 24, 2016 |
Not a hugr fan of Jodi Picoult, I find her books quite repetitive (granted, I have only read 4). They always seem to involve some form of child abuse. Perfect Match was an ok read, and while the book's subject breaks my heart, I struggled to identify with any of the characters. ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
Wow. What a book. I thought it would be rather tedious legal stuff, at the beginning. But was totally gripped by about two chapters into the book. Very well written. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Workaholic, Assistant DA Nina Frost knows first hand the frustrations of trying to get a conviction in a child molestation case. When it is her son at the center of a case, she takes matters into her own hands. In her words, "I did what I had to do". The novel is an examination of what can drive a person to step over the line to protect his/her family and can it be justified. It was filled with the many twists of plot for which Picoult is famous. And though the plot was dark and troubling, it requires the readers to examine their own heart and think about what they would do in the same situation. ( )
  punxsygal | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Wanneer we zonder reden worden geslagen, zouden we hard moeten terugslaan, heel hard, om degene die ons geslagen heeft te leren zoiets nooit nóg een keer te doen.

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Assistant district attorney Nina Frost has always prided herself on the fact that she protects the city's children from abuse and crime, but when her own son is sexually abused, she finds herself overcome with rage and sets out to find his attacker and exact justice for her son.
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What does it mean to be a good mother?

How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?

Perfect Match

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.

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District Attorney Nina Frost and her husband, Caleb, face a nightmare when they discover that their young son Nathaniel has been molested, a trauma that has left him mute, terrified, and unable to reveal the identity of his attacker.

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