• The Perfect Family

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,215 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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Definitely recommend this read

My interest was held all the way throughout the book. Plus I loved the surprise ending.

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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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Very Gripping!

The story at the beginning offered events that seemed random and unconnected. But that is just not the case! The storyline was amazing and well worth the time to listen (or read). I found every opportunity I could for the book. I simply couldn't wait for the ending! What a great ending and even more exciting that this could easily have a sequel.

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Terrible Lifetime Movie rip-off

Every single thing about the story was overdone and cliched. All of the characters were overly stereotypical, there’s nothing positive I can say about this book. Totally predictable, totally boring, don’t bother.

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sensational

Loved it!!!! Caught my attention immediately and never let it go. Fabulous choice for all!

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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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exciting!

I loved all the twists and turns in this story. anyone that's ever with infidelity can and will identify with the character

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Great book

I couldn't stop listening. It was so good with a good twist that I didn't expect.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-08-19

Awesome story with excellent narrating.

I don’t tent to write reviews much (don’t normally know what to say), but this audiobook was cracking. I enjoyed every minute of it and was quite disappointed when it finished.
Big credit to the narrator, she was a pleasure to listen to. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks where the narrator had ruined a perfectly good story.
I look forward to listening to another one of Shalini’s books.

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  • G L Baker
  • 03-30-19

fab book

narrator was fab. I really bought into the characters. twists and turns throughout, which keeps you hooked.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 12-01-18

Brilliant

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-19

loved this book

great story and characters. Beautifully told by katie villa.Got through in 1 and a half days

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  • Tony
  • 05-21-19

A page turner with a great ending!

Great little psychological thriller to get through in a coupe of week. Really enjoyed the book.

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  • MrsDevoted
  • 04-03-19

wow, what a twist!!

The narration was second to none. I listened to this entire book in one day whilst decorating.

best story I've listened to from audible.

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  • Rona morris
  • 11-14-18

Amazing

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

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  • angie
  • 06-13-19

Gripping story

What a gripping drama! Had me hooked from the first chapter to the last!
Will now bye another book from this author

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  • Sue
  • 12-04-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-21

brilliant

cannot get enough of this author. characters, twists all keep you intrigued right to the end.

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