PUBLISHER: Gallery Books
PUBLICATION DATE: August 10th, 2021
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Happy Publication Day to The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding!
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Thomas and Viv Adler are the envy of their neighbors: attractive, successful, with well-mannered children and a beautifully restored home.
Until one morning, when they wake up to find their porch has been pelted with eggs. It’s a prank, Thomas insists; the work of a few out-of-control kids. But when a smoke bomb is tossed on their front lawn, and their car’s tires are punctured, the family begins to worry. Surveillance cameras show nothing but grainy images of shadowy figures in hoodies. And the police dismiss the attacks, insisting they’re just the work of bored teenagers. Unable to identify the perpetrators, the Adlers are helpless as the assaults escalate into violence, and worse. And each new violation brings with it a growing fear. Because everyone in the Adler family is keeping a secret—not just from the outside world, but from each other. And secrets can be very dangerous….
This twisty, addictively page-turning suspense novel about a perfect family’s perfect façade will keep you turning pages until its explosive ending.
Addictive, full of deception, betrayals, secrets, and lies..lies..lies! This book has it all and I LOVED it!! I am a huge fan of Robyn Harding and once I heard about her latest novel THE PERFECT FAMILY I knew I had to get my hands on a copy ASAP so was thrilled when I received this via NetGalley.
The Adler family is trying to keep up with appearances, just like everyone else. When everything on the outside looking in seems perfect and just so, not all is always as it appears to be. The perfect looking family might not be quite so perfect after all. I love how this novel starts off with someone lurking in the shadows at night, approaching the house with bad intentions for sure. The following chapters then alter to 6 weeks prior to that night and is told from alternating POV’s. Some parts are told from Vivian’s (Viv’s) POV, the mother of the family. Some parts are told from Thomas’ POV, the father. Some parts are told from their daughter Tarryn’s POV and other’s told from their son’s Eli’s POV. I love a good book told from various POV’s as we get to hear the story from each side and from each character and see the world through their eyes. It adds to the character development, enriches the storyline and makes for a great book and I loved that about this novel. Each character in this story has their own share of secrets and lies they are with-holding from everyone around them. They all have something to hide, something to lose, and I loved reading about all of their secrets and half-truths. No one in the family is perfect, far from it, but they try and keep up the illusion that they are.
Vivian feels her husband growing distant from her, even though they have two children together, a beautiful home, and have been married for 22 years. She feels it in her gut that he is cheating on her. She has no proof, just this gut wrenching feeling inside. Her husband Thomas has a secret of his own – something happened on a guys trip he attended some time back and even his wife doesn’t know about it. Then there is their daughter Tarryn – she has a secret life that comes out at night, when other family members are sleeping. Finally we had their son Eli – he has a secret of his own that makes him sick to his stomach when he thinks about it… a secret that is so awful that he dropped out of College for and returned to live at home much to his parents’ disapproval and dislike..
When it is clear that someone or some people are targeting their home, and their home is attacked and vandalized, who is responsible and what are they trying to prove? When all family members are keeping their own secrets, are one of them the target and the reason why they are under attack? Are they all partly to blame? Why would they be targeted, especially when they are the “perfect” family?
I loved the family dynamics of the Adler family and reading about their individual deception and lies. Such a great recipe for a great book and I devoured this book.
Well done Robyn! I loved this book and definitely recommend you add this one to your TBR right now! You’ll love it! I’m looking forward to your next book Robyn!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars