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 loop holes 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 to well. In a heartbeat, Nina’s absolute truths and convictions are turned upside down, and she hurtles toward a plan to extract her own justice for her son — no matter the consequences, whatever the sacrifice.
“But unfortunately, the legal system doesn’t work for people who can’t respond within its framework.” (pg. 97)
Perfect Match was a lot harder to stomach than Mercy or Nineteen Minutes. Twice it reduced me to tears and I had to close the book in order to regain my composure. The book deals with the heart wrenching effects of child molestation at the hands of priests. Not only that but Nathaniel’s mother, Nina, kills Father Glen, the man everyone is convinced did it.
“A level of a house, his father told him, is called a story. Nathaniel likes that. It makes him feel like maybe he is living between the covers of a book himself. Like maybe everyone in every home is sure to get a happy ending.” (pg. 349)
Picoult also throws in another left field factoid that caught me by surprise, although not an entirely left field conclusion.
- Picoult, Jodi. Perfect Match. New York: Washington Square, 2003. Print. 368 pgs. ISBN: 9780743418737. Source: Library.