Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Review: The Perfect Son by Lauren North (Blog Tour)

Psychological Thriller, Suspense


Berkley Books

Release Date:
August 13, 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recently widowed mother, her young son, and the lengths she'll go to in order to keep him safe.

When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie's eighth birthday, she's sure of these things: She's been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.

After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that's what matters.

But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won't listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark's death and Jamie's birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.

My Review

Tess Clarke’s life fell apart when her husband tragically died in an accident. She is left with a young son to raise on her own. After her son’s eighth birthday, Tess is stabbed and her son is missing. She’s desperate to find her son and fears those closest to her could be involved in his disappearance.

The police aren’t paying attention to her claims. Tess doesn’t know what to do or who to trust. Her fear mounts as she isn’t getting any answers about her son.

I must admit, I did start to figure out a few things early on but I didn’t have the details all worked out until I read through to the end of the book. There were so many different possibilities and different ways this story could have gone.

Tess is a sympathetic character. My heart went out to her. The supporting characters were all well developed and realistic. The situation simply tragic. It’s an emotional read. For me, I couldn’t wait to find out what was going on, but when it ended, I was sad it was over. It’s one of those books I couldn’t stop thinking about even when I wasn’t reading.

Lauren North did a great job of keeping me riveted and guessing to the last page. She’s going on my list of “authors to look for”.  Great job!

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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