The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @Bookouture #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Perfect Family

Author: Shalini Boland

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Page Count: 303

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

‘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 realises it’s only just beginning…

From the top ten bestselling 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.‘Mummy, she’s gone…’


Yep, she’s done it again folks! The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland is yet another page turning psychological thriller that may lull you into sense of familiarity only to completely change the game.

Gemma Ballantine is a busy working mother of two little girls that keep her on her toes. She and her husband do pretty well sharing the responsibilities of home but it always feels as if there’s something more to be done. When on another rushed morning Gemma looks everywhere for her youngest but she’s no where to be found Gemma begins to become frantic with worry.

Before Gemma is even able to phone the police her mother in law shows up with Katie in tow having wandered out alone. This event leads to a few others that make Gemma question her perfect family and give into the suggestion of hiring a nanny. Things at first are great but Gemma begins to feel things just aren’t quite right at home…

One thing I’ve come to expect from a book from Shalini Boland is being pulled into her stories right away and The Perfect Family was no exception. With a bit of an early twist we are sucked into a missing child situation which is quickly resolved to make way for the real psychological games. The story afterward had a familiar feel to it, the nanny with secrets in the family home but boy was I ever wrong with where it headed with those final twists and turns surprising even me. Definitely one I’d recommend checking out.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Shalini Boland is an Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (optioned for US TV), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, and THE CHILD NEXT DOOR.

THE SILENT SISTER is out now, and her upcoming thriller THE PERFECT FAMILY will be published November 6th 2018 and is available to pre-order.

THE SECRET MOTHER will be published by Grand Central in the US on June 4th 2019.

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as a children’s WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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