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The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland

Hey Booklovers!

Happy Halloween! This is my final review for October 2018. Wow. What an year its been and I cant stop smiling thinking about all the good books I got to read this year including this one – The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland. Frankly am surprised theres no noise been made over this book yet. If there is one book I seriously recommend reading – its this one. Make no mistake, in one way or another I would love for you to read the books I have reviewed on my site but rarely would I say – READ THIS. So far I have felt that only for three other books this year, I guess.

I decided to write a review right after I finished, which I usually don’t, in order to get over the fatigue of reading for so long. I like taking my time to read, savour the books especially if I like it. But this one was unstoppable. I started it on Monday and finished it last night. Thankfully it was a fast paced and the mystery gets deeper and deeper. Ok before I go on heres the gist of it:

Gemma Ballantine is a working mum with two adorable daughters, six and ten. She has a loving and devoted husband, Robert, but her work life is driving her bonkers and her husband doesn’t make much. No. She is the main breadwinner of the family. Naturally, her family life takes a backseat. So when she is coaxed to hiring a nanny cum tutor she feels everything is going to be perfect. The blurb is what got my attention – her younger daughter Katie goes missing in the beginning of the book and is soon found but things take a U-turn therein. I was curious as to what could be worser than that?

Soon things begin to go awry, missing keys, missing memory, horrible experiences and all this culminates to hiring a nanny that turns out to be life altering. What started great begins to feel like a mistake and soon Gemma finds herself in a devastating situation, but is it all real? – for a lack of better word. For sometime I really wondered if Gemma is crazy but later on I seriously wanted to punch the person behind all this – which brings me to the best part. You would never guess who – not from miles away. Thats what I loved about this book.

The thrillers I had read this year, most of them were mildly predictable. Maybe cause I hadn’t expected the obvious here but it was a pleasant surprise. The twist makes it even more delicious. I seriously love a book that leaves me conflicted yet satisfied. Shalini Boland has delivered a master stroke and I definitely want to check her other books.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me this reader copy!

Publication date: 6th November, 2018.

Bibliogyan rating -> Mind = blown👍

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