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The Perfect Family

Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"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 realizes it’s only just beginning....

From the top ten best-selling 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.

©2018 Shalini Boland (P)2018 Bookouture

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  • Wendi
  • 02-12-2018

Solid Psychological Thriller

I have a weakness for British narrated psychological thrillers. I can't help it. They are my guilty pleasure. 'The Perfect Family' is different. Yes, a child is missing but the child is found right away- and that's just the beginning of the problems that faces our family.

This is fairly fast paced with interesting characters, and although I figured out the ending before 'the twist,' there were a few things that were a surprise.

Having said this, I've never read a Shalina Boland book before, and I will definitely be ordering more. I enjoyed her style, her pace, and the story was very good. I would recommend this to any fan of psychological thrillers.

4 solid stars,

-Wendi

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  • archeaomk2
  • 20-11-2018

Loved it!

This book was one of the best books that I have listened to so far! I loved both the story and the narration!

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  • Angela M. Dokos
  • 10-11-2018

Loved it.

Great story. Loved the plot. Felt bad for the children. Loved the twist. I knew it couldn’t be as it seemed, so I was excited when it was revealed.

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  • wdarling
  • 08-12-2018

Tired story, done over and over and over again

Books like this, with a four star average review, make me question audible audiences! This story was predictable, unrealistic and honestly, dumb. No “shocking ending” - a villain was thrown In although we didn’t know hardly anything about this person.
This was a bad Deja vu to the DOZENS of terrible *domestic dramas*, same but different, trying to appeal to the “if you loved Gone Girl, you’ll LOVE this!” audience.

Save the credit. Seriously.

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  • Lisa K. Olson
  • 29-01-2019

Fantastic all around

This is my first listen to Shalini Boland, at the epilogue, I had figured it out, but was pulled in a whole another direction in the last chapter.

As of this review I am now a BIG FAN of Katie Villa Fantastic narration!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2019

Gripping

Gripping story. Did not want it to end. Superb performance too. Going to download next book by Shalini Boland right now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2019

Great book

I couldn't stop listening. It was so good with a good twist that I didn't expect.

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  • Lyndsey Lopez
  • 07-01-2019

WOW

This was an insane listen!!!! Definitely worth your audible credit or money!!! The twist at the end I never saw coming!

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  • Maria
  • 06-01-2019

It was great! Best one yet.

I've listened to all of Shalini Boland's books, and I think this is her best yet. You know what I loved about this book? That the female character wasn't a hand-wringing, mousy, intimidated woman with zero self confidence or backbone. That seems to be the trend these days with psychological thrillers, and nothing annoys me more than a helpless protagonist who whines and cries and convinces herself she's going crazy without taking any decisive action. But not this book, much to my delight. Gemma is a strong, capable, savvy business woman who knows when red flags are going up, and she's determined to take control and put a stop to things. It was refreshing to read a book like this. I mean, strong women can be victims of psychotics, too, you know. =) Some psychological thrillers have plots that don't even seem plausible, but this one was pretty realistic. The narration was terrific, and I listened nearly straight through. It was one of those "unputdownable" books. The only downside was that I figured out the ending pretty early on in the book, which didn't distract from the story. But it IS more fun having a storyline that totally takes you off guard at the end. Still, this was a winner. Highly recommend.

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  • shirley anderson
  • 05-01-2019

Surprising ending!

I enjoyed the book and the ending was a surprise! I recommend this author her books are great. The narration is wonderful!!

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  • Sue
  • 04-12-2018

Fairly good read.

I found the story a little predictable however I still did not expect the twist at the end.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 01-12-2018

Brilliant

Well !!! Started off abit boring but couldn’t stop listening once the story kicked off . Well worth my credit .

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  • Rona morris
  • 14-11-2018

Amazing

I thought the previous book had twists in it this one just jumped 10 levels of amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2019

Good easy listening

really enjoyed this book. yes a bit predictable but kept me entertained throughout. really liked the narration .

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  • Gail
  • 19-02-2019

What a twist!

I listened to this book in record time. I couldn't switch it off,had me hooked from start to finish and what a twist at the end. A must read. Absolutely brilliant narrator too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-2019

Awesome story with excellent narrating.

I don’t tent to write reviews much (don’t normally know what to say), but this audiobook was cracking. I enjoyed every minute of it and was quite disappointed when it finished.
Big credit to the narrator, she was a pleasure to listen to. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks where the narrator had ruined a perfectly good story.
I look forward to listening to another one of Shalini’s books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-2018

loved it

I loved it didn't want to stop listening. flew threw the book. very clever . kind of had a feeling about a character but didn't take away from the shock.

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  • A nn Salman
  • 20-12-2018

FANTASTIC!

Loved the story which kept me hooked untill the last.
Great narration too.
No negative feedback from me.

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  • Sarah Clark
  • 28-11-2018

Great book

I really enjoyed this and couldn’t seem to stop listening. Good story and characters. A little predictable until the twisty ending ...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-03-2019

Great read

The book was hard to get in to, but once you start you can't stop