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Summary

The perfect couple....

A match made in heaven or hell?

From the best-selling author of The Party and Have You Seen Her comes another utterly gripping listen.... 

When Emily applies to a job as a housekeeper for widower Rupert, it’s a chance to start over: a steady job and regular money means she can work towards her own place, not sharing a grimy flat with old mate Mags.

As Emily gets to know more about Rupert’s world - how he likes his supper when he comes in from work, who his friends are - she can make sure everything runs like clockwork for him.

Soon there’s a spark between them; Rupert likes Emily and invites her to stay. For good.

To the outside world, they really seem to be a perfect match. There’s just the small issue of what really happened to Rupert’s first wife.

A gripping, razor-sharp game of cat and mouse, from the best-selling author Lisa Hall.

©2020 Lisa Hall (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Chillingly believable and utterly compelling with thrills aplenty - I loved this book." (Lucy Foley, number one best-selling author of The Hunting Party and The Guest List)

"The Perfect Couple is the perfect summer [listen]. A classy thriller that’s stylish, twisty and full of suspense, Hall’s novel is garnished with echoes of the classics such as Rebecca and Gaslight, but is very much a delicious cocktail all of its own." (Sarah Pinborough, number one best-selling author of Behind Her Eyes and Cross Her Heart)

"Think Rebecca, Body Heat, and Gaslight. Lisa Hall’s dark thriller plays on three classic tropes and does the seemingly unimaginable: it improves on them. You’re going to devour this one." (Christina Dalcher, best-selling author of Vox and Q)

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terrible editing!!!!

the story is good and it's well narrated but the producer has taken no care over the finished product and there are phrases repeated due to sloppy editing. needs fine tuning

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definitely not worth nearly 5* in the reviews!

A kind of My Fair Lady theme when a young housekeeper eases her way into a pompous man's life. She mixes with his pompous and senseless friends and family. Weird that she has only one of her own. Be prepared to paddle in very shallow waters the characters are all so superficial and false. The talented narrator only accentuates the inane characters. Not too sure why its called The Perfect Couple. Too often repeated themes are "I'm sorry I should have told you the truth" and "will you forgive me". The previous wife's name is used as often as a preposition, I got really sick of hearing her name and if I ever hear the word 'orangery' again I think I'll scream. The ending is not unexpected. Not gripping, not a razor sharp game of cat and mouse. I listened to the end to give a true review. There are also many phrases repeated throughout the book, is this down to bad editing? I don't know, but overall disappointed.

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Not one likeable character & predictable

Perhaps if I’d read this book rather than listened to the audio recording I’d have liked it better, as I’m afraid the narrator’s sickly sweet voice and making all words ending ‘ing’ into ‘in’ (talkin’, walkin’, wishin’) irritated me & put me off the main character!
I have also read a number of other thrillers with amazing twists & turns that you’d never see coming, but the characters in this book were all so unlikeable and awful that I was able to easily guess who the folk were who were the ‘baddies’.
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I felt I wasted my time reading it

the way it was written was absolutely ridiculous. not because the suspense had built up but because it was written like the characters were like this and just because at the end, the author changed the character completely, we are supposed to believe it? Really annoyed to have wasted so many hours on this.

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Wonderful story

Loved it. A story with a twist. Definitely recommend it. The author holds ypur attention to the last.

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Good listen but bay edited

I really enjoyed this book and it kept me gripped from the outset. However, i hope it is re-edited for future listeners as there were several occasions throughout the book where sentences were repeated which was a little annoying.

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  • Aliza M.
  • 07-12-20

Terrible

I guess after this book I've realized how many other books I owe a good review to. I'm in the last two hours of the book and I simply can't bring myself to finish it. The story has no suspense or sense of mystery. It's poorly developed and a drag.
What I'm really surprised by is the subpar quality of the audio and how audible could include such a book in its library; the narration is tinny and it is not edited properly. Several times sentences were repeated which can be really jarring when you are trying to stay involved in the book. Don't waste your money on this. If you are interested in British domestic thrillers listen to anything narrated by Imogen Church, or written by Ruth Ware. Also, BA Paris, Sandi Jones, Samantha Hayes, Sue Watson, A.M Castle. Emily Barr. I have about 100 books in my library, believe me, I know.

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  • Mark D
  • 12-09-20

just skip it

I got this because it was cheap. You really get what you pay for with this one. Completely lacking in creativity. The characters are underdeveloped, whiney and don't act like any real person would.

Its incredibly easy to see how it would end and who it was.

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  • lisa
  • 24-09-20

Very good!

Great domestic noir with lots of twists and turns. The book flowed really well and the characters were amazing!! Easy to follow!

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  • Valerie A. Raabe
  • 04-09-20

Poor editing

The story is pretty good, and the narrator isn’t bad.... but the repetition of some sentences and phrases gets annoying.

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  • Constance Corr
  • 29-05-21

Intriguing...

Great story line. Kept my interest. Could have ended several different ways...Nice twist. Did not see the conclusion before the Author shared the ending.

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  • LacyJ
  • 18-05-21

great book!!

I love the spins, twists, & turns. Especially the ending! :D I was really surprised!! (Thought I knew who “done it.” ; )

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  • Siobhan Mc grogan
  • 04-02-21

Edit required to this audible.

This audible badly needs an edit as narrator sometime says the same line two and three times This happens throughout the audible and is extremely off putting to the story. Other than that is was an ok tale.

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  • Ashlie VanMeter
  • 03-02-21

Horrible production risk ruining story

Throughout the story there were lines that would repeat multiple times. It happened at pivotal times in the story which made the overall story less enjoyable.

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  • Laura
  • 24-12-20

What’s up with poor editing by professionals?

This book needs to go back to the publisher for editing. I counted at least seven times where the narrator repeated the same phrase/sentence. When publishers expect customers to pay for audiobooks, they need to have had the audio edited and proofed by others. Very disappointed in the quality of this narration.

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  • MMoore
  • 23-12-20

Kept waiting for the thrill

The plot line was quite predictable. Kept waiting for the twist, but it didn’t really come. The ending didn’t really piece together well. Audio editing was poor.