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The Perfect Family

Written by: Shalini Boland
Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 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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Couldn’t stop listening.

This got my attention right from the start and couldn’t stop listening. Twist at the end had did have a clue on. Great story.

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what a terrible book!

I can't believe the reviews! this is hands down the worst book I've read. SO boring. The author must have decided that a shocking ending will make up for a drabby book

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it was a good mystery, read very well and we enjoy

would recommend, very interesting and fun to try and solve...great author, good narrator, give it a try!

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a little long, but worth the twist!

I could feel this character in myself! trying just to make it through the day with kids and a small business. I could feel her frustration! it's a great story. I guessed the ending but then assumed I was wrong, only to be proven right. very good narrator!

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 2018-12-02

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
  • 2018-11-20

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
  • Georgia
  • 2018-11-10

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
  • Hayden, Idaho
  • 2018-12-08

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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  • Jolene
  • Queensland, Australia
  • 2019-07-13

Absolute BEST book EVER!!!

Oh my goodness, this was fantastic! Full of twists & the ending was amazing!!! My kids loved it too listening on our long trip. I’ve loved all of Boland’s books but this was the best.

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  • J.
  • 2019-07-08

Bravo!!!!

Haven't had a book surprise me like that in some time. Well done!!! Look forward to checking out more of her work.

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  • Lois Hansen
  • Arizona
  • 2019-06-22

Definitely recommend this read

My interest was held all the way throughout the book. Plus I loved the surprise ending.

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  • Janine Iacolo
  • 2019-06-22

Very Gripping!

The story at the beginning offered events that seemed random and unconnected. But that is just not the case! The storyline was amazing and well worth the time to listen (or read). I found every opportunity I could for the book. I simply couldn't wait for the ending! What a great ending and even more exciting that this could easily have a sequel.

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  • G.D.
  • 2019-05-18

exciting!

I loved all the twists and turns in this story. anyone that's ever with infidelity can and will identify with the character

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  • B. Gordon
  • 2019-05-09

sensational

Loved it!!!! Caught my attention immediately and never let it go. Fabulous choice for all!

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