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Perfect Match Paperback – February 4, 2003
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The story began with so much promise that this would be another emotional rollercoaster full of twists and turns. However, I got an early impression that the author's sympathies were heavily with the main character Nina and that everything would come out well for her in the end. But then I thought surely not; Jodi is going to pull out one of her surprises at the end.
I found Nina to be self-serving and unsympathetic. Like others, I found Patrick to be pathetic and creepy and thought it unrealistic that Caleb would allow him to be so much "a part of the family." And Jodi should have stayed away from trying to communicate Nathaniel's viewpoint... she clearly can't express the thoughts of a 5-year old.
And then came the ending that I was anticipating, the totally la-la land happy ending that has nothing to do with what would happen in the real world. **SPOILER ALERT** You cannot make me believe that there is a judge... anywhere...that would acquit on this flaky "mommy" defense even if the guy she killed was guilty of molesting her son.... and this guy was innocent! I was appalled. And then to top it off, Nina finds Caleb's bag with the antifreeze in it which proved he was the one to kill the real molester. Was anyone really THAT surprised (or cared, for that matter)? How convenient, how "sweet" and "justified" that both parents were willing to kill to protect their son. What an awful message this sends.
Time will tell if I pick up another of her books, but I doubt that I will.
The writing, as always, is eloquent, gripping and excellent. However, this book follows the same sequence she has used in her past few books. And it has become too formulary for me. It is almost as if her editors are pressuring her to get the books out so she follows a similar style for all of them. And although each story is different, they read the same after a while. A plot develops at the beginning with a life changing event, there is a court case, and then a surprise at the end.
This particular book lost its appeal to me as soon as a Priest was drawn in to the mix. Having been prevalent in the news of late -- reading about church scandals is hardly something I wanted to do for pleasure. Perhaps that was a part of the problem. The subject is worn down.
That said, Picoult is amazingly talented, there is no doubt about it. And I will read all of her books that follow because I have faith that she will work originality back into her writing. The character development is fantastic, as is the dialogue and writing, but its the story lines that all develop similarly regardless of how different they initially seem.
Plain Truth, Keeping Faith, Harvesting the Heart and The Pact are four of my all time favorite books. And I cannot wait to add another of hers to that list.
However, there are a number of major issues with this book that bring it down to a two-star rating for me.
First, while the novel was engaging, I thought the story arc was complicated by an ever-growing cast of bit players and extras whose stories were neither interesting nor well developed. For instance, in the second half of the novel, we are told about Quentin's interactions with former wife Tanya and son Gideon. I'm not sure why we are meant to be interested in Quentin's private life. To the extent that we are meant to be interested, this story seemed to be resolved in the absence of any real character development. I don't think think these aspects of the book added to the story; if anything, they were a distraction from its central narratives.
The second big problem is that the lead character of Nina is very difficult to like or even empathise with. She comes across as a calculating lawyer who believes she is "bigger than the law", and who takes advantage of her experience and insider knowledge to play the system, and seek to avoid the usual justice that would be dispensed for committing murder.Read more ›
My main dislike of this book was the main character, Nina. Similar to the mother in Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper," she was just cold and unlikeable to me. I really didn't care what happened to her. I just wanted her son and husband to be okay.
I would still recommend it, but if you haven't read her other books, read those first!!
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Typical type of Picoult novel, which is what I love about them. They always confront a difficult topic. In this case, it's the sexual mile station of a five year old boy. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Alicia
The pros and cons of taking justice in your own hands. The shackles of justice.Published 14 hours ago by Claude D. Hasan
I will preface this review with a warning that the subject content (child sexual abuse) may be hard for some to read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ren
Great twists and surprises all through the book, all the way to the end!Published 11 days ago by Sherry E. Axline
I read the book a while ago but I didn't have a chance to buy it. Now it's mine :)Published 13 days ago by Bianca Sosa