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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  70,295 ratings  ·  3,473 reviews
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 determi
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Washington Square Press (first published May 1st 2002)
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Tanis Yes it was odd but I found Nina to be quite an unpleasant controlling person so I read her as someone who would want to allow more outside influences …moreYes it was odd but I found Nina to be quite an unpleasant controlling person so I read her as someone who would want to allow more outside influences in what is very much HER home HER family and HER career. Caleb and Nathaniel are very much there on her terms. (less)
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Consider this:

What would you do in the name of justice? What would you do if someone harmed your child? And what would you do to protect them?

These are the questions Nina Frost was faced with after she found out that her son, Nathaniel, was sexually abused. Nina made a living as an assistant district attorney. Her job was to prosecute the child molestors and rapists that preyed on little girls and boys. In her subconscious, she reasoned with herself that through this line of work, her perfect wo
May 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trigger: the sexual assault of a child.

This was a gut wrenching novel to read. Like many of Jodi Picoult’s novels you will have an internal debate on if justice through the court system is the best route. Though most of us would agree we should never take the law into our hand, we are also not blind to the injustices of our judicial system and corrections system. This powerful novel has twists and turns right up into the last couple pages. I was very engrossed in the plot. I did struggle with N
May 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read this entire book in one night - no easy feat at over 400 pages, but it was so engrossing that I couldn't put it down. Picoult does such an incredible amount of research for every one of her books that, even if you don't like the story, you are guarenteed to come away with knowledge that could help you win "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Reading too many Picoult books can get kind of annoying, as they all follow the same basic formula - even though the end is supposed to surprise you, aft ...more
Ellen Mandly
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hated this book, but I can't decide if it was the lame plot, overwrought characters or the horrible narrator. I can't believe I stuck with it till the end. I'm not going to waste anymore time on this book except to say that people do not smell like caramel or taste like sugar unless they just ate a donut. ...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
reading the contents of my shampoo bottle was more riveting.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We are following Nina, a district attorney who discovers her son has been sexually abused.

A lot of trigger warning in this one so you may want to check those out before picking this one up.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2006
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Heather *coffee and flowers*
I firmly believe everyone should read what they want. What makes them happy. Be that shameless smut, or bad horror, or rapey bodice rippers. Read it all! I don't care!

But I, as a reader, have a guilty secret.

I'm a bit of a book snob.

This trait emerged without warning when I was recently discussing reading with a friend. She likes to read Jodi Picoult, as does her husband, and I have always sneered at Picoult books because they sound like Lifetime movies. We were trying to find books in common, s
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
classic jodi picoult. troubled family, hot debated issue, extremelly well written metaphors, a law suit and a twist ending .

i'm at a point where i've read enough by jodi picoult to expect more or less what is going to happen next, however i still find myself devouring every paperback with her name on i can get my hands on in less then 24-hours time.

the woman ,once again, delivers.
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Got this in Costa Rica because there was nothing else remotely decent and figured that I'd enjoyed Sister's Keeper enough. However, was let down and just felt that this was hastily written and overly complicated. Plus, explored pretty much the same themes as before and did not do as good a job at exploring the shades of grey. Found myself more annoyed with the mother than anything else and not especially caring about the outcome...next! ...more
Jen from Quebec :0)
Dang-- until the last 50 pages or so, this book was going to get a higher star rating. However, the ending was a bit too much of a 'picture perfect super happy' ending for my tastes; ESPECIALLY considering that the book deals with such negative topics! (sexual abuse, murder, rape, the flaws in the legal system, etc).
I feel that the author took the easy way out + tried to tie things up into a pretty bow, and (by her own admission in the Author's Q+A section at the back of the book) actually went
Michele Zemel
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent thought provoking book by an excellent author. Couldn't put it down.

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 husb
Although this may not be one of Jodi Picoult's best novels, nevertheless it is still a good read. Most of Picoult's novel are about extraordinary situations that seem like they've come straight from newspaper headlines, and this one is no different – the sexual abuse of a five year old boy by a person they trusted.

Perfect Match is well-written, with multiple narrators so the reader feels like they get to observe all sides of the story. The characters are engaging, intricately flawed and realist
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
"When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should - so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again." ~Charlotte Bronte

"[He] puts his big hands on my shoulders. I fell in love with [him] because of those hands, which can touch me as if I am a soap bubble certain to burst, yet are powerful enough to hold me together when I am in danger of falling to pieces."

"You are only as invincible as your smallest weakness, and those are tiny
Feb 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, books-i-hated
I don't even know where to start on how terrible this book was. If I could give negative stars I would. It's laughable, the events that take place in the courtroom would never be allowed. I Could not stand any of the characters, especially the main femal character. I would actually be reading and have to stop and say outloud to myself "I can't believe how BAD this book is". Come on the ending, I would of enjoyed the book much more if her husband would of left her and she would of been sentenced ...more
Petra Willemse
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This was brutal. I had to finish it, but I have no excuse for starting it.
Sep 02, 2021 rated it liked it
What would you do if you found out your 5 yo had been molested? I know what I did when I found out my 12 yo had been raped. But is it vengeance or justice? Can we trust the system? Read the book and you decide.
In a predictable book of just that Jodi Picoult once again addresses an issue sadly common in our world.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I'm embarrassed by my not only enjoying Jodi Picoult in the beginning, but by how I seem to continue enjoying it even when she churns out stuff like this. Perfect Match is contradictory and angsty and ridiculous. Adultery, murder, child abuse... it is so crammed with controversial topics that it runs the whole gauntlet of shocking and comes back round to boring. Which is exactly what the book club readers like, no? A little of nitty gritty to discuss over the tea and biscuits, but not so much th ...more
Khristina Chess
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
I read all of Jodi Picoult's novels years ago and picked this one up a second time to take a break from my regular YA reading. It delighted and surprised me all over again. What a master storyteller!

The story takes off with a bang when Nina Frost, a prosecutor for sexual abuse cases, finds out that her own five-year-old son has been a victim of sexual abuse. There are several twists to determine who the real abuser is because her son has stopped talking as a result of his trauma. Mistakes are m
Jun 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a Jodi kick lately but either I've read too much of her lately or I just didn't vibe with this book. I don't think I liked the characters, especially Nina — they all fell flat for me and/or annoyed me. Jodi's endings never really work for me but usually the rest of the novel makes up for it but whether it was the characters or Jodi burn out, I just did not love this book like I've loved her other ones I've read. The happy/it all worked out ending did not land for me this time. Time ...more
I am a big JP fan because her books are always "controversial", and she masterfully describes characters and "illuminates" them from different angles. What seems to be obvious turns out not to be so; what seems right is also a bit wrong, what's evil has some good in it and so forth. Her stories/subjects are always interesting and you, the reader, find yourself forced to rethink your own preconceived notions more often than not...and I love her for it.

This story, however, while it does have some
Pamela Pickering
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite ofJodi Picoult's books. It took me a long time to open a JP book simply because the subject matter she chooses makes me squirmy. I felt the same way about this one. Most of us don't want to read a book about such an uncomfortable subject. The molestation is only a small part of the book, it is just the catalyst. The story grabs you within the first few chapters and refuses to let go. JP takes us a roller coaster of emotions and twists of events that continue until the end. O ...more
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book gave me a lot of mixed feelings.

Yes i do feel that the court and justice systems are more to help the defendants / criminals then the victims but does that mean people should start taking justice in their hands. and how do you know that you really are doing the right thing.

When you read the parts about Nathan you feel depressed and angry and think that Nina has done the right thing,

but when you read about what Nina was thinking, the cold blooded way she went about it, the fact that s
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you've read one of Jodi Picoult's book then you've read "Perfect Match". My friend gave me this book and its been staring at me for the last three months. I decided to give the book a read and I don't know how I made it to the end. It was such a classic Picoult read, filled with adultery, messy family drama, moral questions... everything you could possibly think of was in this book.

For me, the book felt over-written and just TOO much. I mean, just how many topics can we cover in 450 pages?

Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was well written and page-turning with a masterful plot. Picoult developed each character with suspense. However I was irritated with the main character, Nina...she was selfish and I often wanted to kick her. In this book I admired Attorney Fisher Carrington who seemed to be the only one exemplifying healthy relationships. He was a servant and savior. I wanted to give all the others therapy.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jodi Picoult is one of my all time favorite authors. I anxiously await her new books each year.

It has been awhile since I read Perfect Match but it is a book that definitely stays with you. Painful to read at times but well written and difficult to put down once you start. You can tell that as usual Jodi Picoult has done her research.

As with quite a few of her books dealing with a tough subject can make for some emotional moments for sure.


Sharon Huether
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, abuse
How far would a mother go to protect her child.
Nina Frost, an Assistant District attorney goes beyond the justice system to avenge her son's sexual preditor. No one could see this coming.
There are more twists and turns in the story, making it unforgettable.
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Jodi Picoult…. You are never disappointed. She will always choose a controversial topic, and gets you connected with the characters, the twists and turns of the story, and the surprises that comes with it. She is a safe choice for me and have always enjoyed her writings.

And this time she chose a topic that’s more difficult as it’s something no parent ever wants to happen to their child. Assistant District Attorney finds out that her kid was raped, and instead of sticking to the system, she
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Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including Wish You Were Here, Small Great Things, Leaving Time, and My Sister’s Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.

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