Perfect Match by Jodi Picolt brings to the reader a mix of so much.. Love, friendship, parenting, family and law. It’s like any other book by her with a subject matter which is controversial and looks like a news story but narrated in great details and depth. And there is court room drama!
How far can you go to protect someone you dearly love, like your child? Would you take the law in your hands? Life of Nina Frost, a District Attorney, turns upside down when she finds out that her five year old son Nathaniel is sexually abused and loses his voice. As someone who has seen children being declared incompetent as witnesses and offenders walking away ‘not-guilty’, she is unsure of how to bring justice to her child. She does something which seems right to her but is wrong legally!
It’s narrated by Nina, Nathaniel, Caleb (Nina’s husband) and few others. Most of the narrations are quite emotional as they pour down their love for someone close to them in words. The language is plain but beautifully heart touching, taking you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. It’s a typical book of hers written in her style!
You may or may not like the character of Nina Frost or you may like her half-heartedly! Rest of the characters and their rapport is a joy to read! It surely was a page turner for me, for I did want to know the verdict at the end. And, Jodi has put in some real twists to surprise the readers! You may or may not like the end as well but the journey to the end is a good read!
“Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn’t yours. But grief comes from losing something you’ve already had.”
“You build a wall to keep something unwanted out … or to hold something precious in.”
“We have been naive enough to believe that we were invincible; that we could run blind through the hairpin turns of life at treacherous speeds and never crash.”
“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.”
“If I have gained anything over these months, it is the knowledge there is no starting over – only living with the mistakes you’ve made.”
“Where is the line? We’re taught to stand up for ourselves; we’re taught to stand up for others we care about. But all of a sudden, there’s a new line drawn by the law. You sit back, it says, and let us deal with this.”