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The Perfect Son

Written by: Lauren North
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recently widowed mother, her young son, and the lengths she'll go to in order to keep him safe.

When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie's eighth birthday, she's sure of these things: She's been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.

After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that's what matters.

But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won't listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark's death and Jamie's birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.

©2019 Lauren North (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"[An] emotionally harrowing debut...an intimate, unbalancing mix of grief, paranoia, gaslighting, maternal protectiveness, and profound compassion." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"A powerful, unpredictable debut thriller about a mother's attempt to reassemble her life from the shards of tragedy. Lauren North's skillful narrative casts everyone as a suspect and keeps the reader guessing until the final, emotion-packed pages." (David Bell, USA Today best-selling author of Layover)

"A heart-rending evocation of grief that packs a devious punch. It left me reeling." (Lesley Kara, author of the international best seller, The Rumor)

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  • Kelly
  • 2019-09-02

Really creepy...

I notice the other reviewer saying the main character was" annoying" . Actually it was realistic, she was a nervous neurotic person and grieving plus her head was being messed with I expect she would be like that. Good Lord! It was a very good debut, dark and creepy throughout even when it was " light" it was still dark. You just know something is really bad and you aren't getting a picture of reality, but rather her reality. Recommended.

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  • Ronda
  • 2019-08-31

Pretty good

I figured out the big twist early on but wasn’t sure about the little twists. The plot is payed our well. It’s slow at first but picks up near the end. The main character is definitely over the top and comes across as annoying through a lot of the book. Her constant crying and wailing were a drawback for me, even if it moved the story along. It was interesting to watch it all unfold.