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.
Okay, so this is the chick who wrote “My sister’s keeper” and… well, thats the only book of her’s I’ve heard of before. But that was a decent movie, so I thought, why not read her books. Also, it was a free download somewhere, and I love any excuse to have a free read on my e-reader. So I started reading this while on a weekend away with work, back in July…
God, I struggled. I only just finished it, at the end of August.
For starters, I really could not connect with Nina. I hated her, honestly. She was rude and brash and her actions made no sense. She expressed guilt over things, yet it seemed like she was guilty because she should be, not because she actually felt it. Her reasons for everything she did seemed to lack the logic and reason that someone in her position would actually posess. I mean, she’s a freaking lawyer, she knows the law system. Yes, she was acting like a mother, and that I understand (not personally, as I’ve never had a child, but I can at least understand how this would motivate her) however, she clearly was not thinking as a mother or a lawyer, when she went and killed that guy. The logic? Yes, she was acting to remove the threat from her son’s life, fair enough. But how does getting herself thrown into jail for life actually help her traumatised young son?
Argh. This frustrated me to no end. So, besides the fact that I just plain hated Nina, and hating the main character is usually a sign you’re in for a bad time, the co-stars of her husband, Caleb, and her best friend, Patrick, annoyed me equally as well. Patrick was a love-sick puppy who seemed to live only for Nina, and had no real depth of character. And if he had no depth, don’t get me started on the husband.
The story was something that sounded interesting to me, in that sick horrible way that we all get about subjects that are so horrible, that if they have never happened to us, we can’t help but become oddly fascinated. It’s why people love to read about murders and killers and whatnot. So this was a child molester, but told after the whole thing has occurred and ended. It’s the aftermath of such a destructive event on a young boy’s life, and how his family deal with this. It wasn’t that bad in that aspect, it was almost interesting to see how Nina and Caleb fell apart and became stronger through the experience. Even so, I just didn’t enjoy it. Perhaps her other works are better?
Perfect match rating:4/10. I finished it just because I can’t stand not finishing a story when I’ve started it. But otherwise, it was a chore to get through, and I think this is largely due to the characters, who were irksome and hard to relate to.
Would I re-read it?Not a chance. Once was enough.
Who would I recommend it to?Tough call. I can’t really say who the target market might be. Definitely not a teen fiction read. It’s probably a more older female target audience here. People who enjoy law proceedings perhaps, or who want to see the family dynamic after a molestation. It’s a hard book to recommend really.
That’s the only link I’ll bother to post, as I just can’t bring myself to promote a book that I didn’t enjoy. I hope her other work is better, as I’ve downloaded a few other works to my e-reader. So either this was an early book of hers where she was still getting a feel for the writing shindig, or I’m going to have to struggle through yet another similar book that I just cannot get into, because she is one of those authors who I just can’t understand (Like James Patterson, though I do enjoy his young adult books).