The Perfect Family
An unputdownable psychological thriller with a heart-stopping twist
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‘Mummy, she’s gone…’
Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.
The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.
After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few streets away. Relieved to have her youngest child back in her arms, breathing in the sweet scent of her hair, Gemma thinks the nightmare is over.
But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.
And she realises it’s only just beginning…
From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this completely addictive psychological thriller of secrets, lies and betrayal will make you gasp out loud at the heart-stopping final twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.
Why readers are gripped by The Perfect Family:
‘OMG The queen of killer twists has done it again!!!!... had me tearing through the pages and oh my goodness, that tension!... electrifying and my heart was pounding. The story delivers lots of thrills right up until the last page… an exhilarating page turner of a read. A story that will take you by surprise and have you hooked until the very last word.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor…!!!! This is a book that messes with your head (as I told a friend earlier!)… a perfect psychological thriller!!!... to say you’re going to thoroughly enjoy this one is an understatement... Hold onto your hats, you’re in for a hell of a ride!!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘ALL the stars!!!... A super crazy page turner… I finished this in less than a day because It had my heart pounding with all its WTF moments!... I just love Shalini Boland’s writing…. pulls you in and sets you right smack dab in the middle of the plot where you literally feel your palms sweating and heart racing along with the characters… a 5 star winner! Gripping and fast paced and OH THAT ending!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘One heck of a ride!!... started with an absolute heart stopping bang… The plot took a deep swerve and landed where I least expected… the story kept me gripped from start to finish. I hardly took time to breathe.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘AMAZING… I am totally hooked… The Perfect Family is absolutely unputdownable!!!... HEART PALPITATING!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘In shock… never saw that coming, this is Shalini Boland’s best yet… very addictive read… fast moving and very twisty… once you start you won’t be able to stop.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow!... absolutely fantastic... I had no clue where the book was heading!... The ending? Full of twists and turns that I honestly did NOT see coming… Buy this book...enjoy the ride!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow what a brilliant book… Deliciously dark and totally compelling it grips you from page one and then just messes with your head until the final pages… a thrill of a ride with its twists and turns… it’s a 5 star read… fabulous.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A gripping page turner full of twists and turns… superb… A very worthy five stars, more if I could… Can thoroughly recommend this book and wow what an ending!’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars
Shalini writes a compelling story of unfortunate circumstances creating doubt in the mind of the reader. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, Shalini is evasive with the information she reveals maintaining a somewhat thrilling aspect. The thrill was more about creating drama, tension, and suspicion.
However, the pace was extremely slow and very detailed. Some of the subject matter had me questioning the relevance, yet I suppose it was designed to distract the reader from targeting the source of conflict. As a reader I knew in the back of my mind not to trust every action.
The opening scene confused me initially as I was prepared for a different type of thriller one with suspense and action. Instead this story took an unexpected turn instead focusing on the life of a mother and a wife struggling with her career, husband, kids, and household duties.
I had hoped to gain a better insight from the perpetrator with the limited number of chapters with that characters perspective. I can’t say that those chapters clarified anything for me, yet I did divert my attention to Gemma and how she reacted to all the unfortunate circumstances.
The pace isn’t quite what I was expecting for a psychological thriller. It’s slow and steady with minimal activity. I wish the story had an edge of danger or some element of surprise.
Usually when I read a psychological thriller I begin collecting clues trying to piece together who the perpetrator is, in this story, unfortunately I’m not interested in determining who that character is. Although Shalini provided enough suspecting characters I still kept my focus on one character. I was interested in Gemma’s character in regards to her reactions and behavior with the unexpected circumstances that continued to cause havoc on her life.
I wasn’t surprised nor shocked by the ending. It was easy to accept and quite predictable. I actually was disappointed in the character and the reasons for the actions. This character was despicable.