‘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 realises it’s only just beginning…
If you’ve been following my blog for a minute, I guess my love for Shalini’s books isn’t news. I have read all her titles and absolutely love her writing and the crazy, interesting, twisty stories that she usually comes up with.
In Perfect Family, Gemma and her husband desperately need a tutor for their little girl. However, she ends up with an even better deal when her mother-in-law sends a super nanny her way. The tension in this story started from the first page. It heightened with the introduction of the nanny. I just knew that a storm was coming but couldn’t have predicted just windy it would get. Soon, the carnage ensued and the character’s lives were uprooted by the crazy wind that left nothing unturned in its wake.
The story is mainly narrated by Gemma. However, there are a few chapters narrated by a dark, sinister character. These chapters had my heart racing and I looked forward to them while also dreading the havoc that they would unleash. Needless to say, I was completely hooked to the story and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
If you don’t know yet, Shalini Boland is the master of twisty epilogues. Just when I thought the dust was settling, she threw in a final twist that had my head spinning. Of course, I knew that a legendary ending was coming but like the other twists in the story, I couldn’t have predicted it.
The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland is a story about secrets, manipulation and family drama. It’s the kind of story that will make you think twice the next time you let a stranger into your home. This is a well-plotted, jaw-dropping, unputdownable thriller.