Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland


 About the book

‘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…

From the top ten bestselling 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.

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The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland
My Review

 I am so excited to be on this blog blitz for Shalini Boland's latest book! She is a must read author for me. I can always count on her for a fantastic read that I can't put down. Thanks so much to Bookouture and Kim Nash for having me on this tour! 

Gemma Ballantine appears to have a picture perfect life.  She is a successful business owner, married to her wonderful handsome husband Robert.  Together they have two little girls, Eva and Katie. What more could you ask for? Except Gemma seems to be burning the candle at both ends and can't seem to keep up the pace any longer. 

Slowly things begin to fall apart making her question her ability to meet the needs of her family. Her 6 year old Katie is found wandering the streets, Gemma often misses school events, has no clean uniforms for the children, just to name a few of her struggles. Living in a posh suburban area where she is getting quite a bit of criticism for being a working mom, she begins to question if she is a bad mother. 

Then along comes Sadie Lewis, a highly recommended nanny. Her mother in law Diane even offers to pay her salary to help Gemma out. Unsure at first, Gemma is pleasantly surprised at how well Sadie fits in with her perfect little family. Except it is almost too perfect. Is the nanny trying to win over her kids, friends, mother in law and lastly her husband? Is Sadie trying to steal her life? It sure appears that way to Gemma. Or is Gemma just paranoid after hearing her friends say don't hire a pretty nanny you will be sorry? After finding Sadie's hair in her bed (yes, you heard me right)  I  also began to wonder. 

This is the perfect psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. I could feel the tension building as I was waiting for the truth to unfold. I felt myself wanting to scream, get rid of this nanny! What are you waiting for? I loved The Silent Sister so I had high expectations of Shalini Boland's latest and let me tell you she exceeded them! She knows how to write a twisted story that will leave your mouth hanging open. Oh that ending, you just wait for that ending! 

5 stars all the way!!! She had me hooked from the very first page!

About the author:

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers 'THE GIRL FROM THE SEA' (No 1, US Audible charts), 'THE BEST FRIEND' (No 2, US Audible charts), 'THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE' (No 9, UK Kindle charts), 'THE SECRET MOTHER' (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.


  1. Great review and post Kim! I am so glad to see you enjoyed this one!!!!

    1. Thanks so much! I love this author's books!


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