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Publisher's Summary

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of I Am Watching You. The perfect family? Or the perfect lie?

It’s their daughter’s graduation and Rachel and Ed Hartley are expecting it to be one of their family’s happiest days. But when she stumbles and falls on stage during the ceremony, a beautiful moment turns to chaos: Gemma has been shot, and just like that, she’s fighting for her life. 

PI Matthew Hill is one of the first on the scene. A cryptic message Gemma received earlier in the day suggests someone close to her was about to be exposed. But who? As Matthew starts to investigate, he finds more and more layers obscuring the truth. He even begins to suspect the Hartleys are hiding something big - from him and from each other. 

While Gemma lies in hospital in a coma, her would-be killer is still out there. Can Matthew unravel the family’s secrets before the attacker strikes again?

©2021 by Teresa Driscoll. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Extremely boring…

Too many players, nothing really goes on except the shooting. Such a disappointment.
This book was a hot mess.

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Good story

This audiobook was pre-ordered in anticipationof a great thriller. The story didn't disappoint, and the narrators were really good. There are some interesting twists and turns, and I didn't figure it out until the end.

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Very slow and tedious

I thought a few times about returning this book but wanted to know the end result so I stuck with it. It was very anticlimactic with a lot of loose ends. The author attempted to provide character development but it was lacking even though the author gave a fair amount of info about each character. It just didn’t tie together well and the connections between the characters never really “clicked” for me. The male narrator wasn’t annoying but just not well suited for this type of story. The female narrator did a good job.

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One of the narrators was too breathy

The story was good. The male narrator was very breathy and I almost had to stop listening when he said “ice cream” for what felt like the 100th time. Having the character bring it up way into the story was annoying.

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Another good read

Mystery inside of a mystery, keeping you so engaged and just when you have it all solved there is another twist to the end

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Great book

Had me at the edge couldn’t stop listening to it. It started rough but picked up fast.

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Good surprise

Enjoyed this Audible book,characters were mixed well as the story progressed. looking forward to my next read

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Good suspense, classy use of decent language.

Enjoyed every page, kept me guessing. Liked narrators as well, which is not easy for me. I am now a true fan.




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Boring story, poor recording quality.

The story and characters weren’t really interesting, the quality of the recording is pretty bad, you could hardly understand what they’re saying.

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Meh

I've enjoyed other books by Teresa Driscoll and was looking forward to another, but this one just didn't do it for me. Some portions were good but others were just too over sentimental, just not real world too saccharine.

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  • Podenco Fan
  • 11-08-21

Return to form in this intriguing mystery

I was very impressed with "I am watching YOU" and also "The Friend" - less enchanted with "The Promise" and could not bear "I will make you pay" so much that I returned it unfinished.
None the less, I dutifully put "Her Perfect Family" in my pre-orders and got a very pleasant surprise!

This for me was a return to form and while it was not the most thrilling, gripping and thought provoking psychological audio book I have listened to, it did hold my attention, entertain and totally flummox me with red herrings and plot twists a plenty.

I have always had a bit of a problem with the narration and feel Steve West, despite his huge acting talent and dulcet tones, simply to be miscast as Matthew. Steve has a lovely voice but sounds too James Bondish, slick and almost cartoonishly polished and dynamic for an ex-copper private detective. He sounds more like one of those film trailer voice over guys to be honest. Fabulous, but far to high octane and sophisticated for the character. Also when it comes to voicing child's parts he sounds positively demonic and also verges into "Little Britain" territory with some women characters making them sound oddly comedic.

One of the main problems I had with " I will make you pay" was the wimpy protagonist who sounded like she could not battle her way out of a damp paper bag. After listening to this follow up audio-book I am beginning to think a good portion of that might have been down to the narrator. I am a big fan of Elizabeth Knowelden's work in other audio books but somehow, again in "Her Perfect Family" the mother's narration was twittery, wimpy, neurotic and it made me really dislike the character despite the fact that there was nothing weak or wishy washy about her - rather (like Jessica Rabbit) she was just voiced (drawn) that way and it was a shame that, for me, it made her a silly, irrelevant. unlikeable character.

However, as much as the narrators did not allow this audiobook to reach its full potential and be as gripping and enjoyable as possible, they both are very gifted performers and the book professionally read - unlike many I have had to return as the narrators have rendered them infuriatingly impossible to listen to.

All in all, with a recast narration I would have given this audiobook a 5 star rating instead of a 4, so possibly advisable to get in print instead as the plot was well- crafted and kept you guessing, there were no plot holes, all tied up nicely. The epilogue was really more of a plot summary which seemed to go over old ground on the raison d'etre of the plot - but apart from that it was a good listen with nothing overly gory, violent or upsetting

I suppose after 5 books it is unlikely for a change of narrators, but I will still look forward to Teresa Driscoll's next book and hope she keeps me ducking and diving and guessing all the way through only to be blindsided time and time again.

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  • Dolly
  • 01-05-22

boring

it took me weeks to listen to this. it was so drawn out a boring and the Narrator was awful really awful, trying to do different women voices made me cringe.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-18-21

So sick of these type of stories.

Please new authors write books not about crazy women. And using names like Rachel.
I’m over them.