Yet another novel by Jodi Picoult. This one with a slightly different take. Yes, it’s another novel that revolves around family issues but is more of a thriller.
The book is about Nina Frost, an Assistant District Attorney, and her small family: her husband Caleb and 4 year old son Nathaniel. In her line of work as ADA, Nina prosecutes several cases including that of molestors and rapists. And unfortunately, in her line of work, justice does not always prevail and she sees a fair few molestors and crims freed due to loopholes in the system. But this is work. Until it all gets too close to home.
Nathaniel is sexually abused and is traumatised. His reaction to the trauma is that he regresses and becomes mute. He refuses to talk to anyone. Not his parents. Not the psychiatrist. With therapy, Nathaniel eventually speaks and names his abuser. The abuser is then brought to court. But Nina is now faced with another dilemma. She does not want Nathaniel on the stand. He will be traumatised all over again. Unfortunately, without him taking the stand, there is not much else that might hold the abuser.
And so, Nina takes matters into her own hands. She shoots her son’s abuser. In court.
Of course, she is arrested. And will be tried in court. While she has killed her son’s abuser, has she in fact made matters worse?
How is Nathaniel going to cope with his mum in jail? Will he regress again?
Has she made her family’s situation worse?
How does Caleb deal with the whole thing? Will he leave her?
Is Nina a fit mother?
Will Nina’s defense in court stand?
It also asks you the big question: What would you do if it was your child? Would you wait for the abuser to be proven guilty? Or would you take matters into your own hands?
The ending is amazing. You don’t see it coming.
All in all, a great read. It is not as emotional as some of Jodi Picoult’s other books but has got it’s own drama. Since I love legal thrillers (John Grisham is another favourite author of mine) this was a brilliant book.
Highly recommended!! I give it a rating of 5
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Until next time,