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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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  • BA
  • 12-01-21

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

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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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  • Mags
  • 11-26-21

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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  • Sarah Samuel
  • 11-24-21

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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  • Andy
  • 11-25-21

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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  • Christie
  • 11-26-21

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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  • georgina anne tanner
  • 11-27-21

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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  • Dr Grace McClurg
  • 12-05-21

The poor author.

Oh lord! Who reads Dani? Is she an alien who attended an acting class for humans? I couldn’t finish this as her reading was so utterly abysmal.

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  • Ms. M. Gendiboyd-nayli
  • 11-27-21

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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  • Bucks
  • 11-29-21

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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  • Billy
  • 12-09-21

Is this how they think rich people talk?

Daaaarling, of course I remembered to get your gourmet lamb sausages, I do know how much you love those gourmet sausages... are the gourmet lamb sausages ready yet darling?

Plot is ridiculous. SPOILERS!!!: Yes let's do a moonlight flit to a different area to avoid the loan Sharks and just move one county over it's not as if they would probably bump into the loan Sharks in Tesco (or Waitrose if you're the posh character). Its a book of women just simpering and pandering to the men who act like wet lettuces and make stupid decisions. Did I mention the sausages? The part where she said she made an extra effort to look sexy that morning, smokey eye makeup, heels, toe rings and hair curled for breakfast to show him what he's missing made me cringe. I definitely expected better from this author, I think she was distracted by eating her dinner while writing, maybe she was eating sausages (gourmet lamb ones for realism). Yes the hubby is 50k in debt and was planning to sell the baby.. give me a break.

The book should have been called A Complete Sausage instead of Stranger, because every single character in it is an absolute wet wipe of a sausage and I would advise you not to waste your time. Shalini is a great writer and I've enjoyed her books in the past and have read them all, which is why I'm so annoyed by this.

Great narrators though.

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  • Charlotte
  • 11-30-21

What. A. Story. Absolutely incredible. THE TWIST!! amazing

I’ll set the scene of our listening surroundings for some context; sat at work: a small office, mundane tasks and surrounded by gap year workers. My friend Daisy and I decide to listen to an audio book, a simple and uninteresting decision that led to our lives changing for ever.

This story was thrilling, gripping; twists and turns made us hold our breath and gasp in horror. A tale of two unlikely couples, living far from similar lifestyles, yet they end up intertwining into one another’s in more ways than one.

I will be honest with you, we did not like Danny as a character from the get go. She seemed a vain, baby obsessed gold digger who imposed an obscene amount of grief on her seemingly innocent husband, Marcus. However, I must say Danny proved us all wrong. She showed real independence and bad b energy, queen behaviour. And Marcus??! More like the M word- not to be spoken about. Disgusting, dirty man. As for Emily (or Annie?? Lol), she seemed absolutely mad for the majority of the story. Who in their right mind would uproot their lives, change their names and start again just because of debt?? There’s other ways round that surely. But it all made sense at the end. SPOILER ALERT!!! Turns out she was the one with all the secrets!! I mean having her baby daddy as Marcus was a real shocker to the system for Daisy and I. Cesca (the 3rd member of our group at work) was so confused bless her.

Anyway, this story was a real journey. It taught us so much, and left a special place in our hearts for the characters. We will be giving it a 4 1/2 stars. We have chosen not to award 5* because unfortunately Cesca wasn’t able to access the audio due to her phone not being able to update to the newest ioS as she has no storage. Now I understand this is by no means the authors fault, however we felt it was necessary to take into consideration as it did hinder the experience slightly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-21

surprising great

this was a gem to find,such a great narrator, very easy to hear, O the suspense is excellent!

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  • Saraswati
  • 01-13-22

Pretty tedious

One of those books that you listen to because you want to know what happens in the end, despite having to drag yourself through the rest of it.
I just wanted something light and entertaining for a 'day off' listen. It was certainly light.
Good narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-29-21

Enjoyable story.

Was a quite enjoyable book by this author. A good storyline . narration easy to listen to. overall worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-22

Twists & Turns

Nice having 3 narrators to tell each main characters perpective. Keeps you guissing, the ening is not what you think, or is it?

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  • Vicki warner
  • 04-30-22

Had me gripped

I loved it and I had to hear the ending, even sped up the talk speed!

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  • Sam
  • 04-18-22

Awesome!

Loved this book. Interesting story I wanted to keep listening to. Guessed the twist just before it happened, but it wasn’t an obvious story line. Really enjoyed the performances. Recommend!

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  • Vikki
  • 04-09-22

Great performance really good story

As the book came together I could figure it out but even though I’m not surprised at the ending I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and enough that I’ll try other titles

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  • Elle T
  • 03-04-22

Wow!!

Shalini Boland is a new author for me and now I need more! A Perfect Stranger is a fantastic twisty thriller that I really enjoyed listening to. The storyline is excellent and very plausible, and narrators are brilliant!

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  • KK
  • 03-01-22

Mystery with a final twist

It isn’t until the very last minutes that one of the mysteries gets resolved, I loved the final twist. Some aspects of the story aren’t very relatable though - your life is in danger, you see no other way than to go on the run, change your name… it doesn’t even cross your mind to speak to the police and then you move to a place less than 100 miles away from your old home? Stupidity gets punished is the moral of the story.

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  • David Murray
  • 02-13-22

Tedious dumb

Put 2 stupid characters in a story with an unrealistic plot. This story is best played while you are asleep