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Publisher's Summary

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 husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well.

In a heartbeat, Nina's absolute truths and convictions are turned upside down, and she hurtles toward a plan to exact her own justice for her son - no matter the consequence, whatever the sacrifice.

©2002 Jodi Picoult (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Not her best

I do not think this is Picoult's best book. I ALMOST stopped listening to it after the first couple of hours. What didn't I like? It spent way too much time at the beginning talking about what the mother was thinking about the terrible situation. But most of all, the main character, the mother, just wasn't very likeable to me. I really didn't like her, I didn't like how she reacted to things, she seemed selfish and at times her decisions didn't even make sense. Quite a few times I would think, "I can't believe you are acting like that." I also thought some of the situations were a bit too extreme and unbelievable. I did listen to the end just to find out what happened.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 09-19-13

Just ok

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I can't say I hated it, it was entertaining and there were times I didn't want to stop listening, but it was far from My sister's keeper. I've enjoyed Picoult's books, although MSK and House rules were my favorites. It wasn't realistic court room drama, at times making me think "really?? I doubt day times soaps would be that misleading". That being said, if you like love triangles, parental struggles and trying to walk a mile in another woman's shoes, you won't be wasting a credit.

If you’ve listened to books by Jodi Picoult before, how does this one compare?

It really doesn't and I've read/listened to several.

Do you think Perfect Match needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

uhh, nope.

Any additional comments?

Go for My sister's keeper, House rules or even nineteen minutes before this one.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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How far would you go to protect your child?

That's the question asked in this book. A riveting read, I didn't want to stop listening! The narration was very good, I always prefer books done with multiple readers rather than one person doing all the voices. There is a predictable turn in this book that I saw coming, but then BAM! She hit us with something completely unexpected. Even the ending was a surprise to me. I liked this very, very much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Terrible!

Tried this author for the first time. Ridiculous characters! No depth. Just rubbish! Never again!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Absolute Waste of Money

What would have made Perfect Match better?

Nothing.

What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Never have written it in the first place.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Everything.

What character would you cut from Perfect Match?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, so I was extremely disappointed in this absolute disgrace of a novel. The plot is predictable and therefore boring, it was impossible to relate to the characters, and the main character's actions are so unbelievably stupid as to make her absurd. Even after all this, I might have upped my rating of Perfect Match by a star if they had at least chosen a decent narrator to read it. As it stands, the voice of the main character is so simpering as to be insufferable. Bottom line, don't waste your money.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • dudley, MA, United States
  • 03-18-13

Perfect Match was worth the credit

I think by listening to the Storyteller first is what made me give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was quite as good as Storyteller but it was a good listen. Jodi Picoult is consistent in her writing and I feel it was worth the credit used to obtain this book.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not worth your time

What would have made Perfect Match better?

I believe the main character, Nina should have been more portrayed as deranged psychopath with ocd...it would then be more understandable as to why she acted the way she did. I personally had a hard time following her reasoning and motivations.

Has Perfect Match turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I usually like Picoult's books but would not have spent a credit if I knew more of the story line.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Perfect Match?

Anything involving Nina and her OCD tendencies.

Any additional comments?

Yuck.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Love this book!!

I️’m recommending this book to everyone! I️ can’t wait to purchase another book by her!

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Couldn't bring myself to care enough to finish it

I bought a few JP books recently, based mostly on the fact that I really enjoyed The Storyteller last year. I found that to be an excellent book.Several years before, I had read My Sister's Keeper and liked it too. So I thought JP was going to be one of those reliable authors that would keep me engaged through book after book. Recently, I slogged through three of her books trying to enjoy them as much as I had liked those earlier two. It just didn't work for me though. Each of the books became less and less appealing. I think I got about half way through Perfect Match and, finding it beyond tedious, I allowed myself to give up. The end.

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A moms’s worst nightmare

Makes you think twice about eBay you’re capable of as a parent. Great story and great narration.