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.
Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a masteršs degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include Salem Falls, Plain Truth, Mercy, and Songs of the Humpback Whale, all available from Washington Square Press. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her Web site at www.jodipicoult.com.
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