The Perfect Family – Shalini Boland

‘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…



My review

This is my second book by this author and she simply is brilliant. When I announced on twitter that I was reading this book, she said she hoped that I would enjoy it and my answer was that I was already captivated and I had only read about 10% by then. Well, I did not lie. I was captivated and that did not change throughout the whole story.

It was utterly and totally mindblowing. It was very hard to put down.

The story shows how money can drive people to ask for the strangest and craziest things and it works as long as you find someone willing to do them for you.

I had an inkling about the brain behind the scheme and I was willing the author to go in the same direction. I was very pleased when everything was revealed. This book was a masterpiece. 5 stars.

Thank you, Shalini Boland, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

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