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Perfect Match
Perfect Match
Author: Jodi Picoult
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ISBN-13: 9780743418737
ISBN-10: 0743418735
Publication Date: 2/4/2003
Pages: 384
Rating:
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4.1 stars, based on 728 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 12
This book was so powerful. Jodi Picoult has the power to evoke so many feelings relating to her stories. Throughout reading this, I found myself angry, heart-broken and relieved at different moments. This book had me questioning what I would do in the same situation. It is amazing how accurate she is able to capture the human condition and how one event can create a domino effect into the rest of your life. A very good read. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a book that will provoke you to question your own ethical dilemmas.
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Helpful Score: 11
The pace of "Perfect Match" was good, and the narrative structure interesting and useful as a way to share the perspectives of the family members dealing with the great horror and sadness of the abuse. I found the characters believable and although many people wouldn't agree with Nina taking the law into her own hands, this is what made this such a good book. A little predictable in the beginning, but just when I thought I had it figured out, Picoult proved me wrong! The various surprises sprinkled throughout the book add to its depth and mystery.
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Helpful Score: 10
I stopped reading very early on. The subject matter is just too much. I love Jodi Piccoult books and thought I would like this one as I have all the others, child sexual abuse stories are not stories to be read for leisure and I read for pleasure, this just could not be considered that. If you can handle this subject matter then I am sure you will like it.
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Helpful Score: 6
This book deals with the emotional and ethical issues of child molestation and how one family dealt with this. What a great book. I recently found this author and plan to read each of her books.
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Helpful Score: 5
I love most of Jodi Picoult's writing. This book was no exception. It was difficult reading at first with one of the main themes of the book being the sexual abuse of a five year old boy. That being said, it's (thankfully) not especially graphic, just very sad.

On the positive side, the characters were all very well developed, and true to Jodi Picoult, there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot. Just when you think you have it all figured out there is another surprise.
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Helpful Score: 5
This was an excellent book. Lots of twists and turns. You could really identify with the characters. I would recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 5
One of my favorites from my favorite author. A story about one of every parent's nightmare, and of how tragedy can effect every other relationship. Couldn't put it down.
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Helpful Score: 5
Be prepared to stay up late on this one. I couldn't put it down. It's one that is quite intriguing. Reminds me a bit of Midwives. A good read!
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Helpful Score: 5
Excellent story! A book with a compelling and interesting story that held my interest and even kept my guessing. Plot twists kept me reading AND respected my intelligence.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very powerful. Again, Picoult makes you think. How would you react if this were your child? Very thought provoking, I couldn't put it down!
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Helpful Score: 4
Usually I enjoy Joi Picoult's book that deal with controversy & leave you a lot to think about. Maybe it was the topic of child sexual abuse that turned me off this book. I did not enjoy it at all, but did read it to the end. The book left me feeling empty.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the first Picoult book I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a powerful read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Jodi Picoult does it again!!! She wrote another great read with a awesome ending!!!

As a Catholic this was close to my heart. How could any of this happen. How do we trust the people we look to for spiritual guidance. Somehow we do!!!

I highly recommend this book. I read it in 2 days. As I do with all Jodi Picoult's books.
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Helpful Score: 3
One of Picoult's better books I thought, keep you interested all the way through. Hard to put down!
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I love Jodi Picoult. She often goes where no one else dares to! This one is a real page turner - the end will surprise you.
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Wow, talk about some twist I didn't see coming. Great book!
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My first Jodi Picoult book. I Loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent book! Everything I've read by this author deal with extraordinary situations that happen every day in today's world. She keeps me engaged, interested and always wanting more! Her books are the ones that I can't put down!
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This book was amazing. It was a well written novel dealing with child molestation and the effects that it has on the victim and the victim's family. I felt a part of the story. I couldn't put the book down!
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Best book yet by Picoult, with a preview from her new book Nineteen Minutes due out in the Spring.
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I loved this book. You are pulled into to this book so quickly you forget that you personally not part of the story line. The twists and turns are well thought out and placed in the perfect places. The ending seemed abrupt but yet perfect. When you read the book you'll understand why.
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Helpful Score: 1
In typical Jodi Picoult form, you find yourself siding with someone you would never have thought you might feel compassion for. However, I personally felt this book could have gone in a very different direction and, though written a few years ago, seems almost cliche in a few instances. I also felt that there wasn't enough content from the little boy. It was a good, engaging read though.
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really good, really emotional, like all her books. if you are just starting to read picoult, i recommend the pact and my sister's keeper.
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Excellant - Excellant - Excellant
Another great book by this author. While reading it seemed as if as soon as one twist came about another was waiting just a chapter away. Great story and shopws you just how far a parent is willing to go to protect their child
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I did not like this book at all. Very farfetched and an unlikeable main character. Even more farfetched ending. A major disappointment.
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One of her best.
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I couldn't put it down, Jodi Picoult never disappoints, you're never quite sure where the story will end. Also, I read "Nineteen Minutes" previously and enjoyed the introduction of the cop character, Patrick Ducharme, in this book.
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Great read! This is the book where Detective Patrick Ducharme, primary character in Picoult's newest book Nineteen Minutes, makes his debut. Normally I wouldn't part with a Picoult book, but I liked this one so much I accidently bought a second copy!!
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This is another Jodi Picoult novel that requires the reader to think about and possibly agree with a decision or position the reader never thought possible to side with. I haven't read a Jodi Picoult book that I have not been thoroughly drawn in by. She is an excellent author that writes through her different characters. So much dimension is given to each player. Ultimately this book is about a child and his mother and what extremes a mother can go through to protect her child.
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All of Jodi Picoult's books are spellbinding reads and examine moral dilemmas from both sides. This one takes on the justice system.
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I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. Jodi Picoult always does extensive research on her material, so not only is the book an enjoyable read, but I always learn something in the process.
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Another great read by Jodi Picoult. Overlapping character from Nineteen Minutes is a bonus!
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She is a fantastic writer. This was not one of my favorites but still worth reading.
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This is a great read.
The main character in the book, Nina finds herself in the spot she never expected to be in ever in her life....it happens to someone else. What does it mean to be a good Mother, and how far would you go, whatever the sacrifice?
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one of my favorite authors...her books are compelling. Make sure you have time to finish the book once you start it, because you won't want to put it down until it's done!
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Excellent book, one of her best; it was thought-provoking and suspenseful.
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Very emotional read with a WOW of an ending.
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jodi Piccoult wins again with this incredible book about child molestation. It is riveting and haunting. I keep asking myself, what would I have done in the same situation?
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I am a Picoult fan and this was an excellent book. Lots of twists and turns. It contains real life issues and you could really identify with the characters. I would definitely recommend this book.
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This was a pretty typical Picoult book, well-written, keeps you turning the pages, and a little "over the top" - but I really liked this book! She almost lost me half-way through with the big twist thing and I think that was a bit much, but her books, while the characters always feel very "surface" to me - she doesn't seem to delve very deep - always strike a chord with me. They make you think - and hey, you even learn something! I didn't realize some things about DNA in this book until I read it (trying not to spoil it for you!) Well worth a read :)
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Very good but disturbing story line. All her books are good, this one just was of a nature you might want to be prepared for it.
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Great characters that keep you interested throughout the book. A hard subject to read about. Picoult did a great job of giving you enough details to understand the situation without being overly graphic. And of course had a great little twist at the end.
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Jodi Picoult is a fine writer. This was a very good read. It is one you won't be able to put down until it is finished, then you will be sad because it is over.
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This was an enjoyable read. You knew there had to be some plot twists, but when they came up you were surprised! And I like how the author didn't get into gruesome details about the abuse that occurs. Definitely recommend.
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Another thought-provoking, well-written novel by Picoult. She is the rarest of authors; a best-seller who can actually write! This one deals with child molestation. There is a very satisfying "gasper" of an ending.
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This was my first Picoult book. Her subject matter has always turned me off previously, I couldn't imagine how she could take such taboo subjects and make them interesting beyond just headine news. And now I understand what the attraction is. Her writing is smart, involved, and intelligent. We think a boy is molested by his priest, and his mother does murder the priest. But as the story unfolds, there is mystery about who the offender really is, the guilt of the mother, and even our own sensibilities about this type of crime are challenged. Picoult handles the subject with a few twists a turns I hadn't expected, adds a couple of characters that really make it interesting, and gives an ending that I never saw coming. I look forwand to reading more of her books.
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Read it in one day -- very fast read with great plot twists.
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I think this is my favorite book of hers so far. I loved it.
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Another fabulous book by Picoult. The story of a family in which the five-year-old son is raped, told from varying perspectives of both parents, the child, a family friend and the prosecutor - amazingly well done. Picoult takes the emotions of moral and ethical dilemmas and makes the issues accessible to the reader. Not always FUN to read, but page-turning and heart-engaging.
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I thought that this was a great read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot twists in ways that I didn't expect, all the way to the end of the book, and the characters were definitely the kind that you could relate to and understand. My only complaints is that it does get a little annoying that this author has so many stories with mothers being portrayed as a bit crazed and selfish and that in a time of crisis her marriage becomes at risk with someone moving out of the home. Other than that, I'm totally addicted to this author's stories and this one was no exception.
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Another great story from Jodi Picoult with her usual twists and turns, intense situations, and ambiguity that prevents you from looking at a situation strictly in black and white.

For the most part, I enjoyed this. The only thing that I really did not like was (and this applies to Salem Falls, too) how sometimes the story seemed to bend to the point of almost unbelief in order to make the plot happen. The court scenes and the judge sometimes taking the defendant's side were at times very unrealistic to me.

All in all, still a good story that I enjoyed reading from start to finish, but perhaps not my favorite by this author by any means.
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I thought that this was a great read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot twists in ways that I didn't expect, all the way to the end of the book, and the characters were definitely the kind that you could relate to and understand. My only complaints is that it does get a little annoying that this author has so many stories with mothers being portrayed as a bit crazed and selfish and that in a time of crisis her marriage becomes at risk with someone moving out of the home. Other than that, I'm totally addicted to this author's stories and this one was no exception.
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Another gripping read from Picoult. She raises difficult questions about the gray areas in morality, the American legal system, and personal relationships. The courtroom scenes reminded me strongly of "Plain Truth," but that isn't necessarily a bad thing... just disappointing to see a talented author recycle her own material.
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As always Jodi Picoult gives deep emotion to a certain situation. Suspense and emotion are the only way to discribe the book.
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Another amazing book from Jodi Picoult. This is easily one of my favorites from such a great author. I couldn't put this book down, and it just had that feel of knowing the characters. You felt their emotions.
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A lovely story about a mothers love and the boundaries it will cross in order to protect her child. While you may not like Nina through out the whole story, you can not blame her for her actions. Only problem is Picoult's constant habit of having the unrequited, predictable love story based in childhood friendship. Overall a good read. I would recommend it to anyone who feels that they may need an entertaining read.
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Once I managed to get past the subject matter, its an excellent story. It's also an excellent lesson in working through every piece of a situation. VERY tough to read--especially if you have a child. But worth the ending...
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Really enjoyed this book, quite a few twists and it does make you think, just how far could you go to protect the ones you love.
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It kept me in suspense until the last pages. I am always surprised by how much knowledge Jodi Picoult has on different subjects. Not my favorite but definitely pleasurable.
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Very emotional read. Try not to let it touch you too personally. I don't think I can read this book again although I learned so much from it. Picoult remains one of my favorite authors, I do not give her books up to trade but I'll accept them ^_^
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Not her best novel, but a compelling story all the same. Picoult fans will be sure to enjoy it.
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I thought that this was a great read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot twists in ways that I didn't expect, all the way to the end of the book, and the characters were definitely the kind that you could relate to and understand. My only complaints is that it does get a little annoying that this author has so many stories with mothers being portrayed as a bit crazed and selfish and that in a time of crisis her marriage becomes at risk with someone moving out of the home. Other than that, I'm totally addicted to this author's stories and this one was no exception.
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Jodi Picoult never dissapoints! How far would you go to protect your child? This compelling read explores that subject as Nina Frost, the local prosecutor, discovers that her five-year old son has been sexually molested. She has a well-respected position in the court system until she discovers who the molestor is, then all of her beliefs are turned upside down as she exacts her own justice for that horrific act.
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I thought that this was a great read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot twists in ways that I didn't expect, all the way to the end of the book, and the characters were definitely the kind that you could relate to and understand. My only complaints is that it does get a little annoying that this author has so many stories with mothers being portrayed as a bit crazed and selfish and that in a time of crisis her marriage becomes at risk with someone moving out of the home. Other than that, I'm totally addicted to this author's stories and this one was no exception.
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This was a really good read with a couple of twists. However, it's somewhat heartbreaking to read.
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Powerful story, good character development, unexpected twists.
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Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors - but this was not one of her best - for me. It was a slower moving story with not as many twists and turns as usual. The end does have a great twist that I was not expecting. Overall, just a so-so read.
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I thought that this was a great read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot twists in ways that I didn't expect, all the way to the end of the book, and the characters were definitely the kind that you could relate to and understand. My only complaints is that it does get a little annoying that this author has so many stories with mothers being portrayed as a bit crazed and selfish and that in a time of crisis her marriage becomes at risk with someone moving out of the home. Other than that, I'm totally addicted to this author's stories and this one was no exception.
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Oh, this is another good one! Patrick, who appeared in _Nineteen Minutes_, debuted in this novel.

This is an emotional book about child abuse. It's quite well done and it also follows her, by now quite, tried-and-true courtroom finale.
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good read, but I found it a little hard to believe, but then truth is stranger than fiction.
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DISAPPOINTMENT IS ALL I CAN SAY.
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I thought that this was a great read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot twists in ways that I didn't expect, all the way to the end of the book, and the characters were definitely the kind that you could relate to and understand. My only complaints is that it does get a little annoying that this author has so many stories with mothers being portrayed as a bit crazed and selfish and that in a time of crisis her marriage becomes at risk with someone moving out of the home. Other than that, I'm totally addicted to this author's stories and this one was no exception.
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Another moral and ethical story. This amazing book was difficult for me to put down because right from the get-go there were things happening that I needed find out how Jodi was going to "handle this one". This is a story about a prosecuting attorney who takes the law into her own hands when she finds out her young son has been sexually abused. The twists and turns go right through to the end of the book. I will read this one again.
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I'm normally a big Picoult fan, but this one missed the boat for me. It's reasonably compelling, as all her work is, but main character Nina is unjustifiable and unlikable at times, and the true ramifications of each plot twist aren't explored to the depth that I would have liked to see. Several of the core themes - what it means to be a mother, who and how we love - are articulated much better in 2005's Vanishing Acts.
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I thought that this was a great read that I had a hard time putting down. The plot twists in ways that I didn't expect, all the way to the end of the book, and the characters were definitely the kind that you could relate to and understand. My only complaints is that it does get a little annoying that this author has so many stories with mothers being portrayed as a bit crazed and selfish and that in a time of crisis her marriage becomes at risk with someone moving out of the home. Other than that, I'm totally addicted to this author's stories and this one was no exception.
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This book was so gripping. The writing was excellent. It is not a happy book, but it is a book that really made an impact on me. I don't think I will ever forget this story.
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As an assistant district attorney, Nina Frost prosecutes the sort of crimes that tear families apart. But when Nina and her husband discover that their 5 year old son, Nathaniel, has been sexually abused, it is her own family that is devastated. The world Nina inhabits now seems different from the one she lived in yesterday, the lines between family and professional life are arased, and answers to questions she throught she knew are no longer easy to find.

Overcome by anger and desperate for vengeance, Nina ignites a battle that may cause her to lose the very thing she's fighting for.

At the heart of this enjoyable novel are two gripping questions: how can you manage to be a good parent in difficult circumstances and what happens when you tkae action that's morally right but legally wrong.
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I recommend this book.
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This is one that I really enjoyed reading. It keeps you wondering if the mother with get away with the murder. It makes the reader really thing about the bond a mother has between her children and what extremes a mother will take if pushed.
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I loved it...wasn't sure till the very end of the book, about
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A good Jodi Picoult read.
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What happens to a mother who just happens to be an assistant district attorney when one of the most horrible crimes again children touches her own family.
You find yourself routing for mom no matter what!!!
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I enjoyed the book, though it wasn't one of Picoult's best.
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In the first few pages, as I have found in most of her books, I am wondering if I want to continue, but the story reels you in very quickly and becomes a book you don't want to put down. She does often deal in contraversial subjects and weaves a great story around it.
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hard to put this one down. disturbing plot but very thought provoking. who knows what they are capable of if their child is raped? and what an indictment of the legal system and it's treatment of the victims. an eye opener in that regard.

i do recommend it but it can be difficult to take at times.
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Excellent, fast read! Could not put it down.
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Another great book by this author
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A good story, good characters, and a zinger at the end!
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This book was terrific!
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The story of Nina Frost, an assistant district attorney, and what happens to her and her family when she discovers that her five-year-old son is the victim of a sexual assault.
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Another great one by Jodi Picoult.
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I just LOVE this author! This is another great book by Ms. Picoult! From the back cover:
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.
A fabulous read!
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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 ?...NINA FROST, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, PROSECUTOR OF CHILD MOLESTERS FIND OUT.
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Jodi Picoult is my new favorite author. Very fast read. Cannot put them down. Loved this book about a child being born to save the life of her older sister who has cancer. As she gets older, she tires of the poking and prodding and doesn't want to help any more. Love it!
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I didn't read this book because I really couldn't read a book about a child molester.