The perfect daughter…
Jess Harper has spent her whole life trying to make her mum, Abigail happy and proud. And everything Jess does, from the clothes she wears, the job she has, the men she dates, are all approved by Abigail first.
The perfect boyfriend…
So when Jess announces that she has a new man in her life – plumber Adam – Abigail is less than impressed. ‘A plumber? Really, Jessica….’ Adam encourages Jess to break free from her mum’s manipulation, can’t she see what’s happening?
The perfect mother….
But Abigail is only doing these things to keep Jess safe, to protect her from getting hurt again…isn’t she?
Or the perfect liar?
Jess, caught in the middle, doesn’t know who to believe or trust. And then Adam vanishes without trace.
Now Jess is the police’s prime suspect and they want to know if Jess really is as perfect as she seems…
A gripping new psychological thriller for fans of Sue Watson, Shalini Boland and S.E.Lynes
A Smartly Crafted Tale!
Now here’s a novel to get your teeth into!
Jess has spent her whole life trying to please her mother, and Abigail is not an easy woman to please. She expects her daughter to seek her rarely given approval on all matters, be it the job she does, the clothes she wears, where she lives and anyone she dates. Her latest boyfriend, Adam, is a plumber – certainly not good enough where her mum is concerned – and when he disappears, the police have Jess is in the frame and with no body it’s hard to prove she is innocent.
This is a well-written novel which drew me in from the very start and kept me there. At times I wanted Jess to stand up to her mother but, as I know from experience, it’s not always that easy. Little by little, we discover Jess’s history and there is a drip of information which any amateur detective will jump upon as I did and come to conclusions – and not always the right ones. This is a very smartly crafted novel which keeps it’s secrets right up until the very end. You may think you have it all worked out but, trust me, there are more surprises to come. A perplexing novel, and one which kept my attention until the very last. 4.5*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel Gilbey for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological suspense thriller
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 355 pages
- Publisher: Boldwood Books
- Publication Date: 19 October 2021
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Alex Stone, originally an accountant from the West Midlands, is now a psychological suspense writer based in Dorset. This beautiful and dramatic coastline is the inspiration and setting for her novels. She was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2019 and her debut thriller The Perfect Daughter will be published by Boldwood in October 2021.
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