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Perfect Match [Paperback]

Jodi Picoult
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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10 Aug 2006

Assistant DA Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters, and in the course of her everyday work she endures the frustration of seeing too many criminals slip through the system and walk free. So when she realises that her son Nathaniel has been sexually abused - and is so traumatised that he has stopped speaking - she takes justice into her own hands.

Nina Frost may have killed the man who hurt her son, but has she destroyed her family in the process? And whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 1st Hodder Edition edition (10 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340897228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340897225
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at

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From the first few words of her latest novel, Jodi Picoult grips her reader so firmly it would be madness to struggle. And from then on, it’s such a roller-coaster ride that it’s as much as you can do to put it down before you’ve reached the very last word.

After years of dealing with abused children and their families and working her damnedest to bring the perpetrators to justice, assistant district attorney Nina Frost takes a while to recognise the signs of abuse in her only child. When five-year-old Nathanial stops speaking and finally, through sign language, identifies his abuser, Nina takes the law into her own hands. And so begins a fast and furious tale of twists and turns--just when you think you’ve got it covered, you move at right-angles and a new reality emerges.

Perfect Match delivers what Picoult fans would expect--intelligent, polished writing that feels so real and natural you might forget it’s fiction. Once again, she covers the familiar themes of love--here specifically parent and partner relationships--and what happens to ordinary people when the extraordinary turns their world upside-down. Her research is as impeccable as ever--Nina is believable as a DA and the court-room scenes feel like the real thing. The everyday details of modern family life are set against the life-shattering events that ordinary people come to believe they are immune from as Picoult explores the boundaries of decency, bravery and betrayal and the consequences of believing, if only for a split second, that you and your family deserve more.

A gripping read, but sadly unsatisfying--Picoult tries too hard to tie the threads and ends up losing hard-earned sympathy. ---Carey Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'PERFECT MATCH is the shocking, visceral tale of a lawyer who takes the law into her own hands ...' (Sainsbury's Magazine)

At the heart of PERFECT MATCH lie the true emotions of motherhood, with all the contradictions and intensity (Washington Post)

Picoult's novel... reminds us how easy it is to jump to conclusions and to do all the wrong things for all the right reasons. (Glamour)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 30 Dec 2005
I received Perfect Match as a gift for Christmas 2005. I highly recommend it. It hooks you on every page. Jodi Picoult shows an astonishing understanding of the situations in the story. The characters are warm, and each has some skeletons in their closet they would rather hide.
A wonderful story on the subject of a relationship between mother and son, and how far she will go to protect him. It gets a definite 8/10 maybe more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Bad Book 11 Oct 2009
I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, but this book was just plain bad. I actually considered not finishing it. I was completely unsympathetic to the main character in this book, despite the horrible situation she was in. I really didn't like the ending. It was unrealistic and showed far too much sympathy for the main character. The story was not interesting and it wasn't a page turner like other Jodi Picoult books. I can't think of a single good thing to say about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly quesy 4 Oct 2010
By kiki
Jodi Picoult books are one of my guilty pleasures but this one left me feeling very uncomfortable indeed. She often chooses complex domestic situations and dilemmas that provoke interesting moral quandaries. However this novel seems to suggest that as long as one is a middle class mother who loves her child then murder is OK. Not only that if Dad joins in that is OK too. I wonder if such latitude would be given by readers to revenge gang killings in a poor area. There is not even any evidence of either parent suffering, rather than just declaring, guilt. JP recently wondered why Jonathon Franzen is talked of as a great writer rather than female authors, presumably such as she. I suggest that he avoids the emotionally untruthful sentimentality of this book.

It has spoilt me for reading more which is a pity. It is as if something has been revealed about a moral world that I want no part of- rather like police stories where violence on the part of policeman is deemed acceptable and even desirable because they are portrayed as 'on the right side'. Being a mother does not confer righteousness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 11 Oct 2006
By EmsyP
This is the sixth Jodi Picoult book I have read. The first two My Sisters Keeper and The Pact were absolutely brilliant. However then I felt the next books - including Salem Falls and Vanishing Acts - were less impressive, I felt they followed a formula. But I have kept reading Jodi Picoult books because of the promise of the first two books.

It took me a while to get into 'Perfect Match'. Throughout the first chapter (each chapter is quite long in this book) I felt it was going to be too predictable. But I was completely wrong! From the second chapter this book has so many twists and turns it will keep you completely hooked.

The book centres around a mother, Nina, and her five-year-old son Nathaniel. When Nina finds out Nathaniel has been abused she reacts in an extreme way to protect her son.

As other reviewers have said, the main character, Nina, is selfish and quite difficult to like. This made it difficult to read at first. Even Picoult (in the interview at the end of the book) says it was difficult to write the character because she is quite unlikeable! However Nina changes throughout the book and by the end, when the verdict was read out in the courtroom, I had tears in my eyes. You really go through a journey with Nina throughout this book, which is what makes it so entralling.

This book tackles a difficult issue and ultimately, like many of Picoult's books, it addresses what people will do for love. In my opinion it still doesn't reach the peaks of My Sister's Keeper or The Pact but it is one of Picoult's best that I have read. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same Jodi Picoult 26 Sep 2006
By Lara
When i started reading the book i was gripped and wanted to find out what happened. However as the storyline developed, i would say i agreed with the other reviewers who say that Picoult's books are too samey, and the ending was real dissappointment, as if it had been thought of in a hurry as a way to tie up lose ends. I found the characters hard to relate to, and difficult to like, although i found the small sections told from Nathaniel's point of view very effective and personal.

Overall i would say that if you have read other Jodi Picoult books, like My Sisters Keeper or Salem Falls, you are not missing out if you don't read this book. Do we really need another Picoult happy ending?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picoult fans won't be disappointed 24 May 2007
If you're already a Picoult fan, you won't be disappointed here. There's her usual great writing style, drawing you in as a reader, right from the start and getting you hooked and emotionally involved from the very beginning. This is another heart-wrenching story, exploring dangerous moral and legal ground, and it's impossible to leave the book alone until you know how the story ends. However, I've only rated this one 4 stars because I get the impression with this one that the author herself has got so caught up in the emotions of her characters that maybe the book doesn't quite end how the story would end in real life. It's a small niggle but I'd have preferred to see the book end in a more realistic way. That said, still worth reading!

Nina Frost, assistant district attorney, is married to Caleb (he works in construction) and between them they have a delightful five-year-old son, Nathaniel. They are a happy family & their lives seem content and rounded in every way, both parents sharing roles in Nathaniel's life. Nina's job is harrowing. Every day she is involved in prosecuting people involved in child molestation. She sees first hand the trauma and devastation that families experience as she, the prosecutor, tries to have someone locked up and put away for the crime, and she also knows how difficult it can be to secure a conviction....

All this knowledge makes it all the more difficult to deal with when she and her husband discover that their happy-go-lucky son, Nathaniel, has been sexually abused.

This can be at times a harrowing read, but also plausible in the main. Full of suspense, heightened emotion and difficult moral choices, watch as the case unravels & I'm sure you won't be able to put it down until you've finished the last page.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.
Decided to start reading Picoult with this title. Very disappointed. From other reviews, it seems that it was not a good choice. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Magumo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a gripping read. I could not put it down. This book certainly is among my favourites
Published 4 days ago by mrs a royle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 28 days ago by Chris Longden
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Loved it. Couldn't stop reading! This book is for everyone, parent or not. Jodi Picoult you have done it again.
Published 2 months ago by Nicki
4.0 out of 5 stars One of her better ones
As usual, with Jodi Picoult, what you get is a story about a moral dilemma which is then examined from the point of view of several of the characters in the story, while the story... Read more
Published 2 months ago by misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound
Not many books capture my attention to the point that I can't them down but this one did. I devoured the facts about DNA and the twist that came because of a bone marrow... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aloma Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Match
I bought this book to add to my collection of Jodi Picoult books. I very much like books by this author.
Published 5 months ago by mrs c l turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Match
This was a subject I would not normally read about, but as it was a Jodi Picoult book, I read it any way as I love her writing. It was a difficult but good read.
Published 6 months ago by K. L. Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Match
Another brilliant book by this author. Yet to read one I don't like. They keep you on the edge of your seat every time and have a twist in them too.
Published 6 months ago by plumtree160
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to usual standard
This book has been my least favourite by Picoult. The original subject matter is difficult to approach at the best of times, and I thought it was handled a little indelicately. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lucy
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