Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780743418737, 384pp.
Publication Date: February 2003
"What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?"
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.
Picoult's characters are so compelling that the reader hopes this won't be the last time we meet.
Denver Post A powerful read....Jodi Picoult again tackles difficult moral and ethical questions.
The Toronto Sun A spellbinding story.