REVIEW: THE PERFECT FAMILY, BY ROBYN HARDING

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….

This twisty, addictively page-turning suspense novel about a perfect family’s perfect façade will keep you turning pages until its explosive ending.

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Everything is going wrong in The Perfect Family, and as we follow the thoughts of each member during a frightening and troubling time in their lives, we are as curious as they are about who is terrorizing them.

Alternating voices tell the tale, from Thomas, the patriarch, to Viv, the matriarch. And then Eli and Tarryn, the younger generation, reveal bits and pieces of their issues.

Who is raising havoc in their lives? As the danger increases, we are more puzzled than ever. Could the terrorists be mischievous youngsters, or are the events the work of someone else? Each family member has secrets, and could those hidden aspects of their lives be responsible? I was totally surprised by the revelations. A twisty tale that earned five stars.

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