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Blog Tour: The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland

Today I am happy to join the blog tour for the latest book by one of my go-to authors of clever domestic thriller, The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland.

‘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.

My Review:


The Perfect Family is another enjoyable and well-plotted mystery by Shalini Boland, I'm happy to report. The pace is quick and the plot engaging from start to finish. I always like Boland's books because she is good at writing characters who seem real, and she did so again here. Gemma's life, which appears quite perfect to begin with, starts slowly to unravel and she is forced to confront who around her would wish her any harm. I thought Gemma was an interesting, likable character and I could feel her growing unease as the story progressed. I did guess the solution, but that didn't detract from my reading pleasure.

I would recommend this book and this author to fans of clever domestic suspense! Thanks to Netgalley for supplying me with a copy of The Perfect Family in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers 'THE GIRL FROM THE SEA' (No 1, US Audible charts), 'THE BEST FRIEND' (No 2, US Audible charts), 'THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE' (No 9, UK Kindle charts), 'THE SECRET MOTHER' (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts). Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry). Be the first to hear about her new releases here: She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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