Book Review: Perfect Match

Perfect Match

Author: Jodi Picoult

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Jodi Picoult books are all kind of the same – a family drama that revolves around a court case, the characters are likable, but flawed, there is a plot twist in the middle and another shock at the end. Picoult works that formula well, though. I’m always drawn in and none of the twists are predictable (to me, at least). The thing is, they end up kind of forgettable because they are all the same. I’ve picked up her work before thinking it was new-to-me, only to get a few chapters in and realize I’d already read it. I keep picking up her books to read, though, because I do really enjoy them.

Perfect Match was the same. A quick, engaging read. I’d recommend any of Picoult’s books, but don’t expect them to leave a lasting mark.

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