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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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  • 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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  • Omsi
  • 27-11-2018

Stick around for the epilogue<br /><br />

Strong narration, but to me the characters and storyline felt a bit flat. I might recommend it but would not read (or listen to) again.

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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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  • Jenn
  • 13-11-2018

should be titled: "The Perfect Nanny"

I've listened to all of Shalini Boland's books and this is on par with her other work. She is not my favorite author but she knows how to entertain and often you have to just go along with anything far-fetched in her books and this one is no different. The title should've been called something like "The Perfect Nanny" or something along those lines and it is also one of those stories where everything is unraveled at the very end. I prefer books with hints throughout to allow the audience to piece things together and have all the details come together to be relevant. Not bad, a typical story of the author's, but nothing outstanding.

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  • Suzannadanna
  • 10-12-2018

Twisted!

Sure didn't see that one coming! I was so, so angry on Gemma's behalf and sucked in as the author wanted... Very good.

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  • This was a great book I really enjoyed it. The book had just enough supernatural in to keep yougoing
  • 10-12-2018

The perfect family

So I thought I would try a new author. Mistake this book was predictable. I t also took until chapter 20 to actually get to the story line. I fast forwarded towards the end just to get to the end. Also at times the narrator accent is so heavy it’s hard to understand.not a author or narrator I would listen to again.

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 09-12-2018

THE PERFECT FAMILY was not perfect...

Yes, this book was anything but perfect.

The author has two different women (a mother and a nanny) delivering the narrative -- yet, the publisher/producer used only one narrator and failed to clearly identify when one chapter ended and began -- making it very difficult to identify whose point of view (POV) I was listening to. Overall, this made the book very disjointed.

Also, even though the author devoted so much time to the nanny's POV, there was nothing about a nanny mentioned in the Audible book description. If I had known this fact, I never would have selected the book.

The book's surprise ending was its one redeeming feature and that was the only reason why I gave it 3 stars.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-12-2018

Very good!

It felt like a quick listen because I couldn’t stop! Great narrating and the story kept me hooked.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SarahC1985
  • 09-11-2018

Not a book I would read again

First thing I will say, is Katie Villa does a really good job reading this. Her narration is excellent, she portrays all the emotions very well. But on to the story, I was less impressed. I could have punched Gemma at various stages, I have little tollerance for men/women who get jealous, with no rhyme or reason, or over stupid things without proof. I really disliked her. I also felt desperately sorry for a character at the end, so much so, I almost cried. They got that so wrong, Robert and Gemma. I didn't suspect them from the start, one thing I've learned with thrillers, you can never be sure you know the twist until the end. I've only ever got one right once. So no, that book made me angry with the characters, and also very sad for one in particular. I'd recommend it for a good thriller, but some really dislikable characters in my view.

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