Wednesday, August 11, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding


The bestselling author of the The Swap explores what happens when a seemingly perfect family is pushed to the edge... and beyond in this “propulsive, constantly surprising” (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here) thriller.

Thomas and Viv Adler are the envy of their neighbors: attractive, successful, with well-mannered children and a beautifully restored home.

Until one morning, when they wake up to find their porch has been pelted with eggs. It’s a prank, Thomas insists; the work of a few out-of-control kids. But when a smoke bomb is tossed on their front lawn, and their car’s tires are punctured, the family begins to worry. Surveillance cameras show nothing but grainy images of shadowy figures in hoodies. And the police dismiss the attacks, insisting they’re just the work of bored teenagers. Unable to identify the perpetrators, the Adlers are helpless as the assaults escalate into violence, and worse. And each new violation brings with it a growing fear. Because everyone in the Adler family is keeping a secret—not just from the outside world, but from each other. And secrets can be very dangerous….

This twisty, addictively page-turning suspense novel about a perfect family’s perfect façade will keep you turning pages until its explosive ending.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

The Perfect Family! Ha! These people are a mess - all four of them. They each have secrets, some worse than others, but none of them good. So there's no shortage of possibilities behind everything happening to them. As the story progresses, the list of people who could know any of these secrets grows, and with that, the tension rises steadily. And that brings me to a big twist. You know the one, the one that leads to the conclusion, the one that ties everything together. I'll admit I didn't see that one coming, and it would've been perfect if the book had ended with that reveal. Instead, the story continues and the ending is as twisted as this family. That wouldn't be a problem, but the conclusion is as convoluted as this family's secrets. After so much tension, the ending just kind of fizzled for me. From what I'm seeing, I'm certainly in the minority about this one, so take my opinion for what it's worth - one person's opinion, and if you enjoy drama-filled domestic thrillers, give this one a shot. 

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