Book Reviews

Book Review: Perfect Match

Yet another novel by Jodi Picoult. This one with a slightly different take. Yes, it’s another novel that revolves around family issues but is more of a thriller.
The book is about Nina Frost, an Assistant District Attorney, and her small family: her husband Caleb and 4 year old son Nathaniel. In her line of work as ADA, Nina prosecutes several cases including that of molestors and rapists. And unfortunately, in her line of work, justice does not always prevail and she sees a fair few molestors and crims freed due to loopholes in the system. But this is work. Until it all gets too close to home.
Nathaniel is sexually abused and is traumatised. His reaction to the trauma is that he regresses and becomes mute. He refuses to talk to anyone. Not his parents. Not the psychiatrist. With therapy, Nathaniel eventually speaks and names his abuser. The abuser is then brought to court. But Nina is now faced with another dilemma. She does not want Nathaniel on the stand. He will be traumatised all over again. Unfortunately, without him taking the stand, there is not much else that might hold the abuser.
And so, Nina takes matters into her own hands. She shoots her son’s abuser. In court.
Of course, she is arrested. And will be tried in court. While she has killed her son’s abuser, has she in fact made matters worse?
How is Nathaniel going to cope with his mum in jail? Will he regress again?
Has she made her family’s situation worse?
How does Caleb deal with the whole thing? Will he leave her?
Is Nina a fit mother?
Will Nina’s defense in court stand?
It also asks you the big question: What would you do if it was your child? Would you wait for the abuser to be proven guilty? Or would you take matters into your own hands?
The ending is amazing. You don’t see it coming.
All in all, a great read. It is not as emotional as some of Jodi Picoult’s other books but has got its own drama. Since I love legal thrillers (John Grisham is another favourite author of mine) this was a brilliant book.
Highly recommended!!My rating:

Let me know what you thought of the book if you’ve read it.
And if you haven’t, read it and let me know your thoughts.
Until next time,
***This has been cross-posted at Bond with Books***

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  • Titaxy
    21 December 2009 at 2:41 am

    I love legal thrillers too. And yes, John Grisham novels used to be among my favorites…but after a few it got too routine and predictable. But he is a good author, nevertheless. I will start reading Jodi’s novels soon and then come here to write a detailed comment :-).

  • Psych Babbler
    21 December 2009 at 2:45 am

    Yeah…John Grisham did get a bit predictable…haven’t read one in ages. Loved ‘A Time to Kill’ and ‘The Partner’ the best….others were good too. 🙂 Waiting for you to read Jodi’s novels 😀

  • Nu
    22 December 2009 at 3:32 am

    Sounds really interesting. Hey something is telling me that the abuser is none other than someone close to the family ? I’m just’s a hunch 🙂

    I’m yet to read know last time when I was wanting to pick JP’s books I felt that they might follow Robin Cook’s style…so didn’t pick up…but since 2 of your reviews are highly recommended I think next I’ll read is this one 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    22 December 2009 at 4:16 am

    Nu, I won’t say a word…that would spoil the thrill of the book 😀 I haven’t read Robin Cook but isn’t he sci-fi? Jodi Picoult is more family drama stuff…Do read and let me know what you think…

  • Nu
    22 December 2009 at 6:44 am

    Now I think my hunch is right…if not totally right then I am certainly close to it…is it his father ? temme na…pls pls pls !! 🙂

  • Titaxy
    22 December 2009 at 4:06 pm

    No no. Don’t tell. I want to read the book.

  • Nu
    23 December 2009 at 6:11 am

    Hehehe…okay whisper in my ears…do not tell Tixie !! 😛

  • Psych Babbler
    24 December 2009 at 2:32 am

    Haha! Nah Nu…you have to read it! I’m not going to give away the suspense…

  • Smitha
    14 January 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I loved this book too! And the crafty way, in which you have reviewed it! I had totally loved this book!

  • Psych Babbler
    16 January 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Smitha 🙂