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Summary

Annie comes home from a market trip with her young son, George, only to make a gruesome discovery. Could the perpetrator be the new lodger she and her husband, David, just rented their spare bedroom to?

Emily dreams of one day owning a house where her son, Josh, and the little one on the way can grow up, but when her husband, Aidan, insists on leaving his lucrative job as a luxury car salesman, she senses something more is afoot - even while she harbours a secret of her own. What is Aidan hiding, and will it jeopardize their young family’s future?

Meanwhile, Aidan’s boss, Marcus, finds himself caught between placating his wife Dani’s all-consuming desire to get pregnant and managing the less than savoury group of associates now helping to run his car dealership. How far is Marcus willing to go to prove his love for Dani? Or will his business come first? 

From best-selling author Shalini Boland comes A Perfect Stranger, a domestic thriller that will keep you on your toes until the very end - and force you to question whether you can ever truly know someone.

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A Flop

First of all congrats to the writer for getting a book accepted,written and published but that’s as far as the praise goes…

The book is juvenile,petty,silly,flimsy and chaotic (and not in a good way)
The characters are completely unlikeable,foolish,childish and one dimensional.
(Spoiler alert) But who goes on the run to the next county (30miles) and stays in a house owned by a family member thinking you won’t be found???
All whilst hoping the safe house has those blinds you like??? Girl, you’re on the run?! Where’s the perspective?

And don’t get me started on the ‘lodger’ you met for 90seconds - who appeared out of thin air and you assumed it was safe to move him in ( a strange man moving in with you and two children?? Ummm OK) Did I mention they’re on the run??? Where’s the logic?
The women in the book are written as materialistic weak, jealous idiots and the men… are these weird watery parodies of masculinity no one has a personality - they just do stuff

The main protagonists oldest child gave nothing to the plot- and was extremely annoying -I believe he added nothing to the overall story and should’ve been swapped out for a dog - writers do this often they write children into plots to give characters reason and you can feel the child becoming cumbersome and adding nothing (especially dialogue) to the story whilst constantly needing to be accounted for.
The ‘ rich’ people in the book are so unbelievable because their habits and tastes are so cheesy and bad… (is that intentional I don’t know - they’re upwardly mobile) but who wears high heels (wedges) and a white mini dress and a smoky eye for breakfast??? None of the “rich” women I know - the descriptions of ‘taste’ in the book sounded so silly it felt like the reader hadn’t met any of the wealthy people of Poole/Dorset or done any research/character development… (I lived in the area for a few years and didn’t know the book was about this area when I started it but it just made it so cringey)

Theres a total lack of suspense in the run up to the final act of the book,the plot ‘ twist’ at the end was silly,unnecessary and obvious (Spoiler) the hitman/antagonists character could’ve have been explored - we could’ve gone in to his past/given him some sort of pathology but nothing!- This book is a complete no - this is the first review I’ve actually written on audible just because it was so bad!

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Brilliant story - brilliant author

Fantastic find - I was gripped from start to finish. Narration was perfect - story enthralling. Listen to it

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Bored

I have to admit, I could not finish this. All the chapter of Emma, chapter of Dani etc....did my head in, you couldn't get a story together, the thing and froing made it to fragmented.

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Brilliant

I loved this book so much I finished it in one sitting. Great narration and kept me listening until sunrise. Although I worked out a part of it there were still some surprises I didn’t see coming. Just love this author. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Really good!

I didn’t figure the twist out until the last hour and even when I did, I couldn’t believe i missed it because it seemed so obvious! Really well written. Defo recommend! And it’s free!

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An Unexpected Ending

This is a good read! You wont guess the twist!
well worth the read. The narration is very good too.

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Fantastic

First one of Shalini’s books I have listened to, I will be listening to more !

Really good book that you don’t want to put down and wow what an ending.

Great performances from the Narrators and a solid story line, would definitely recommend.

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i loved every minute of it!

i couldn't stop listening it is a great performance and the story kept me interested until last words!

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Intriguing

A gripping story of secrets, guilt and obsessions brilliantly performed by a trio of talented actors.

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  • 03-12-21

Absolutely didnt see that coming

Great performances - I absolutely didnt see the ending coming at all. Loved it. My first from this author and wont be the last.

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  • 24-11-21

Engaging

What a wonderful find. I had little expectations for what would be “included” with membership but I am so pleasantly surprised. Great listening

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  • GRETA BRADSHAW
  • 24-11-21

Oh the irony!

Great listen! Very well performed. The story had me glued and I would have never guessed the bomb shell ending. Loved it

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  • 28-11-21

Very twisty! Loved it all!

Keeps you on edge of your seat, and blissfully unaware of the final realization of the plot. Well one!

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  • 27-11-21

Included for free!

Excellent listen! Loved the twists… thank you Audible 😘 I’m a long time listener and will continue to be!

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  • 27-11-21

Could not stop listening!

Honestly, I didn't expect much from this free listen. Boy was I surprised. This book is well written & narrated. It really kept me in suspense until the end. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you discover that you don't. So glad I took a chance on this one!

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  • William M.
  • 25-11-21

Definitely a page turner, or a can’t stop listening as it were.

Story has lots of cliffhangers which makes for a can’t put down story. Highly recommend!

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  • 25-11-21

mediocre

ok for free - would have been disappointed if had paid for it, good narrator

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  • BA
  • 01-12-21

Horrible story

Seriously awful characters in an awful story. Thought it might improve, but it doesn’t. Don’t waste your time.

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  • 27-11-21

Pretty good story for free.

The narration was extremely effective. Brought the characters to life. I plan on researching more about this author.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 02-12-21

A Bit Tedious

NO SPOILERS! This book literally has no likable characters. Both women just drone on and on. We get it one wants to have a baby. Then the other is self consumed. There are no thrills, the ending has a twist but not a good one. This book is tedious and packed with inner dialogue.

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