Perfect Stranger – Jake Cross / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @JakeCrossAuthor


You’re living with a stranger. It’s your daughter.

Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.

Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street. But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing… 

The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…



My review

If you are looking for a fast paced thriller, this might not be your cup of tea, but it goes without a doubt that the story is intriguing and captivating. The author has the ability to confuse you and bring things to the book you don’t see how they will connect with the rest, but in the end it all makes perfect sense.

I do not mind that a thriller starts slowly as long as it delivers in the end and it certainly did for me.

I have to admit that I smelled a rat already in the beginning but I never dreamt it would develop the way it did. 🙂

The characters are a bit all over the place, but I think it fits the story perfectly. Who would not be confused or upset when they would find themselves in this situation?

Are people born with evil streaks? Yes, some are I guess and it gets worse and worse by the way they are treated. Sometimes revenge is the only way out for them.

You’d better be warned. Is the enemy the person knocking on your door disguised as an innocent stranger or as the person sleeping next to you for the last 16 years?

Who can you trust? Who should you be wary of?

A fascinating story sprinkled with a bit of humour. 4 stars.

Thank you, Jake Cross and Bookouture (via Netgalley)


About the author

Jake lives in England and is the author of the standalone thrillers The Family Lie and The Choice, which hit the top 5 in Australia and was a bestseller in the UK and Canada


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