Title: Perfect Match
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Nancy Black
First line: I have always been best at closings.
This review was previously posted on my personal blog on January 9, 2008.
Perfect Match was un-put-down-able. I can always tell when this happens with an audio book, because I find myself doing extra chores – or not procrastinating at the regular ones – because I want to get back to listening to it. And I don’t just sit and listen to an audiobook – that would be silly. The whole reason I listen to them is because I can “read” while I’m doing other mindless things like folding laundry and washing dishes. (Just be careful if you’re listening to a murder mystery while doing the dishes, because if your husband walks up behind you and touches your neck, you can actually jump through the ceiling. Trust me.)
In Perfect Match, Picoult deals with the issue of child molestation. Nina Frost is an assistant prosecuting attorney who specializes in child rape and molestation cases. She is frustrated by the way our justice system is designed to protect the accused, often at the expense of the child victim. When her own child is raped, she is faced with a choice: do I take matters into my own hands, or do I trust this imperfect justice system when it comes to my own 5-year-old son?
There are so many thought-provoking issues in this book, and just when you think you know where it’s going, there is a hairpin turn in the plot, and you’re left breathless. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars is Picoult’s tendency to get a little over-the-top with her metaphors, something I also noticed in Nineteen Minutes. I like metaphor – when it works. Some of hers don’t.