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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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  • Sue
  • Evesham
  • 04-12-18

Fairly good read.

I found the story a little predictable however I still did not expect the twist at the end.

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Brilliant

Well !!! Started off abit boring but couldn’t stop listening once the story kicked off . Well worth my credit .

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loved it

I loved it didn't want to stop listening. flew threw the book. very clever . kind of had a feeling about a character but didn't take away from the shock.

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FANTASTIC!

Loved the story which kept me hooked untill the last.
Great narration too.
No negative feedback from me.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this and couldn’t seem to stop listening. Good story and characters. A little predictable until the twisty ending ...

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Amazing

I thought the previous book had twists in it this one just jumped 10 levels of amazing

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Chick-lit version of psychological thriller

I am at a loss as to why other reviewers found this exciting and tense with a shock twist. The narrator was good, but I was tempted to flick through chapters to speed it up as I worked out "who did it" the first time they were mentioned. I bought it because of the reviews of what a tense twisty psychological thriller it is , but its a disappointing and predictable bit of far fetched nonsense with no thrills.

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  • Hayley
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 17-12-18

Really enjoyed

Wanted something quick and enjoyable to listen to after a couple of poor books and this hit the mark. Some really good points in this book that make it relevant and many a twist and turn. I did guess the end but it didn’t spoil anything - would highly recommend.

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Good, but a bit long winded

I guessed who it actually was earlier on. I was impressed by the strong charectors of Gemma & her husband.
Although the story was alright it did go around the houses a bit

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Bitter, twisted and thoroughly evil

This was one hell of a book full of twisted evil characters though shallow as well. Vain and shallow the people in this book were far from likeable but they were real so i don’t fault the book for that. The reader was spot on with her narration but way to many ‘says’ and ‘saids’ though not as many as I’ve known in the past. You want evil try this book it is gruesome.

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  • Wendi
  • 02-12-18

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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  • wdarling
  • 08-12-18

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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  • This was a great book I really enjoyed it. The book had just enough supernatural in to keep yougoing
  • 10-12-18

The perfect family

So I thought I would try a new author. Mistake this book was predictable. I t also took until chapter 20 to actually get to the story line. I fast forwarded towards the end just to get to the end. Also at times the narrator accent is so heavy it’s hard to understand.not a author or narrator I would listen to again.

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  • archeaomk2
  • 20-11-18

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
  • 10-11-18

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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  • Omsi
  • 27-11-18

Stick around for the epilogue<br /><br />

Strong narration, but to me the characters and storyline felt a bit flat. I might recommend it but would not read (or listen to) again.

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  • Jenn
  • 13-11-18

should be titled: "The Perfect Nanny"

I've listened to all of Shalini Boland's books and this is on par with her other work. She is not my favorite author but she knows how to entertain and often you have to just go along with anything far-fetched in her books and this one is no different. The title should've been called something like "The Perfect Nanny" or something along those lines and it is also one of those stories where everything is unraveled at the very end. I prefer books with hints throughout to allow the audience to piece things together and have all the details come together to be relevant. Not bad, a typical story of the author's, but nothing outstanding.

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  • Linda
  • 19-01-19

A Twist At The End

The Epilogue was almost like writing a story on top of a story. Different in a way. Good Listen. Good narration.

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  • StacyJ
  • 17-01-19

A little too far-fetched

It was an entertaining listen, but the ending revelations were just too far-fetched to believe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-19

Gripping

Gripping story. Did not want it to end. Superb performance too. Going to download next book by Shalini Boland right now!