It’s their daughter’s graduation and Rachel and Ed Hartley are expecting it to be one of their family’s happiest days. But when she stumbles and falls on stage during the ceremony, a beautiful moment turns to chaos: Gemma has been shot, and just like that, she’s fighting for her life.
PI Matthew Hill is one of the first on the scene. A cryptic message Gemma received earlier in the day suggests someone close to her was about to be exposed. But who? As Matthew starts to investigate, he finds more and more layers obscuring the truth. He even begins to suspect the Hartleys are hiding something big—from him and from each other.
While Gemma lies in hospital in a coma, her would-be killer is still out there. Can Matthew unravel the family’s secrets before the attacker strikes again?
My thoughts on Her Perfect Family…
Her Perfect Family has all the ingredients I look for in a book. It’s got characters that don’t seem capable of telling the truth (even the ‘good’ ones) and plenty of twists and turns to keep a reader guessing. Which meant, for me, it was a good read. The story was different enough from others I’ve read to interest me and not leave me with that ‘been here, read that’ feeling which I can get because I tend to stick to the same few genres.
Was it perfect? No, it did go on a little too long for me, and a couple of the characters felt a little flat – though none of the main ones. I also had an issue with the main detective. She was supposed to be smart and dogged but, because this book was more about the Private Investigator (Matthew) than it was the police, she ended up relying on him more than I would have expected given how she was described. I love a powerful female detective so this bugged me a bit.
Overall, though, these are minor irritations in a book that is well written and highly enjoyable to read. A solid 4 stars.
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