Title: Perfect Match
Author: Jodi Picoult
Rating: 3 stars
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Release Date: February 4, 2002
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Source: Bought (from the post office)
Other Details: Currently on my Swap-List!!
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.
Perfect Match was my first Jodi Picoult read and I thought it had excellent writing, character construction and plot development.
However, the storyline/theme/genre was not exactly my favourite - the novel had lots of elements that I don't normally read e.g. murder and revenge, child sexual abuse/molestation, infidelity, and really intense struggles with inter-familial relationships (mother and child, father and son, husband and wife).
Nina's career with the DA along with Nathaniel's rape case provided the massive legal/court system aspect in the book. It was really interesting to see how a person, if they have the know-how, can commit first degree murder and walk away free.
Note: Perfect Match is not a light read! It contains some very intense, heavy stuff.