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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Review: The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

The Perfect Family
by Robyn Harding

Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: August 10, 2021
352 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Suspense

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….

My Review:

I thought I had problems! PHEW! Welcome to the lives of the Adlers.  Where appearances are more than deceiving and things are most definitely closer than they appear.  My 5th Harding book and once again she gives a very suspenseful, easy to devour read.

We get the POVs of each member of the family.  Viv, the mother, who likes to steal things ... and personally I think I liked her the best.  "But I don't see how fifty thousand dollars is going to help him sleep at night.  Or.. make his pimples go away."  Yep, she's definitely my fave. 🤣  Thomas, the father... well, outside of being a typical asshole who doesn't know how to properly solve a problem, he's relatively normal.  Eli, their son, just quit college due to a particular incident that happened there and now is set on the path that his parents will surely hate.. which makes him happy as he's tired of all their pressure.  And last, but certainly not least, Tarryn... rebel til the end.  Listen, you're not going to like these characters but they surely will have you feeling better about your own family.

You know when you pick up a Harding book you are going to be entertained and you definitely will be with this one.  For a majority of the book, the suspense is throbbing and you can't help but turn page after page with the need to know what is happening to the Adlers.  You'll definitely need to suspend some reality, which I am always happy to do as y'all know.  But if I'm being completely honest, the ending kinda killed it for me.  Allllllll of that led to... THAT? 😐 I'm definitely in the minority with this thought so if you read reviews before you tackle a read, go read the others too.  

Harding is forever an autobuy author for me and while this wasn't my favorite of hers, I will read anything she writes. ANYTHING.


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