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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, 11 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: Perfect Match (Paperback)
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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