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The Perfect Son This book was engrossing heartbreaking and compelling I made the mistake of starting it at 900PM and 200 bleary eyed pages later I could barely lay it downThat being said I don't know if this is so much a thriller as a deep dive on grief and letting goTess is lost in the days after her husband is killed in a commercial plane crash caused by pilot suicide leaving her to raise 8 year old Jamie alone Like a phoenix from the ashes comes Shelley a social worker who seems too good to be truebecause she isChilling harrowing haunting This was a captivating mystery ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital just after her son Jamie’s birthday the day before She has been stabbed and now her son is missingTess’ husband Mark passed away in an accident a few months ago and taking care of Jamie is the only thing getting her out of the bed in the morning They lean on each other through their grief and it’s been working okay for them all things consideredNo one is listening to Tess now though and her world is completely obliterated She is trying her best to figure out what happened between Mark’s death and Jamie’s disappearance before it’s too lateThe Perfect Son is a captivating story with an enthralling premise I had to know what happened to Jamie To me it was mystery than psychological thriller and that’s ok because I was so invested in the characters Tess and Jamie are developed with so much heart you can’t help but love and care for themOverall I found The Perfect Son to be an intriguing and compelling character driven mysteryI received a complimentary copy All opinions are my ownMany of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom 35Tess is living a nightmare Her husband Mark died suddenly and she just can’t pull herself out of her deep grief Tess is determined to keep everyone at bay The distance the better Just going to cocoon herself in her home with her son Jamie in hopes of starting the healing processThen comes a knock on the door Shelley is a grief counselor bringing with her a glimmer of hope Maybe there really is a chance for recovery and new life But soon Tess is pointing her fingers at everyone Fearing everyone is trying to take something from her Does Shelley want to steal her son? Is her brother in law Ian after her husband’s life insurance? Can she trust anyone? Is she just becoming paranoid?This is a debut thriller for Lauren North And while I thought her writing was captivating and held my interest throughout I unfortunately had all the twists figured out nearly from the start So it missed its magic as a shocking thriller for meI will be watching for Lauren North’s next releaseThank you to Goodreads Giveaways and Berkley Publishing for an advanced copy to read and review 35 STARSA clever psychological suspense thrillerThis is the author's debut and it reminds me of the writing of BAParis or Louise Candlish a bit It even reminded me a little of one book in particular  I mostly enjoy their books as wellThe way it starts with Tess Clarke in the hospital with a fuzzy memory was very intriguing to me My curiosity had the best of me and I had to know who stabbed her and where her eight year old son was She was very concerned about his whereabouts and the police were waiting to interview herReally enjoyed the structure of inserting the police interviews and the chapters that described before her accident The chapters were labeled as a countdown to her son Jamie's eighth birthday  There is some tension some suspense and an emotional aspect that was thought provokingThe ending was unpredictableI was guessing and had different theories throughout which would make this a great group readLooking forward to the author's next bookThanks to Berkley NG for my review copy Out This was a worthwhile read for me although I would not say it is among the best in the psychological thrillersuspense genres I happened to guess correctly early on as to which direction the author was going to go so that was slightly disappointing but the story as a whole was compelling and without a doubt worth my timeA few months ago Tess's husband Mark died and she has been struggling to keep things together for the sake of their son Jamie The day after Jamie's 8th birthday Tess wakes up in a hospital bed She doesn't know much other than she was stabbed her son has gone missing and her brother in law Ian and her grief counselor Shelley are responsible for everything The story flips back and forth between the present time as Tess struggles to recall what happened on Jamie's birthday and the past few months as she is dealing with the grief of losing her husband unexpectedly and trying to raise their son Right away it was easy to feel invested in the story because your heart just broke for the main character because as if it wasn't bad enough the poor woman had recently lost her husband but now her son is missing too? It's like the ultimate nightmare I did have a lucky guess pretty early on as to what happened so when everything is revealed it did feel a bit lackluster However I think some of the best writing comes in the last few chapters of the book so I can't even complain too much that I wasn't super shockedSo to sum it up this is a compelling story but maybe don't go in expecting all these shocking twists so that way you aren't disappointed if you figure things out ahead of time Would definitely read future books by the author as I was impressed at her ability to really show all the emotions and thoughts of someone dealing with loss Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion READ IT THE END😎Seriously I would leave it at that but better say about this top notch pyschological thrillerTess and her son Jamie are grieving the loss of their hubbydad after a plane crash To say Tess is distraught is an understatement and so her Mum involves a grief counsellor Shelley she is amazingtoo amazingwho is she really and what does she want?Ian hubby’s brother appears on the scene demanding £100000 that he says he is owedShelley and Ian seem to whisper together Tess starts to write things down as her suspicion’s get worsesomething is going to happenthe book starts as she wakes in ICU with stab wounds the Police are there Jamie is missingwhere are Shelly and Ian???To say would be to give too much away but this book is made for devouring it will get you and when you get to the end you will be shaken Flawless psychological thriller involving and shatteringPerfect betrayal Perfect BookREAD IT1010 5 Stars Waking up in the hospital after her son's eighth birthday Tess is confused and doesn't understand what is going on She's been stabbed her son is missing and no one appears to be listening to her Tess has been at a loss since the death of her husband and struggles to keep things together for her son Why does everyone in her life seem to be against her? Why does it as if she can't trust anyone?The perfect son was a book on the slower side for me at least the beginning was The blurb talks about psychological suspense and I guess I did want this to be a bit suspenseful and to move just a little bit faster I feel this was a book that kept building but at a much slower pace but then that ending Whew The ending was the payoff I have to say I did not figure that one out It was a shock I just wished the book had that punch the entire way through This one didn't wow me as I had hoped until the ending It’s a slower burn with a surpriseshocking endingI think a reader needs to be in the mood for a slow burn It's obvious that something isn't uite right but what? Is Tess being paranoid? Are people really plotting against her? Is her grief affecting her perceptions? She has suffered a tragic loss; her son is her reason for living So who stabbed her? Where is her son? Why is no one helping her?Enjoyable book that had me wanting for most of the book then BAM that ending Sigh it was powerful and I wish the entire book would have felt this way for me I will be reading of North in the future as she shows a lot of promise with this debut novelThank you to Berkley Publishing group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own 35 StarsTess was suffering from depression caused by her husband’s death He died in a plane crash a few months earlier Now it’s just Tess and Jamie their sonThe day after Jamie’s eighth birthday Tess woke up in the hospital she was stabbed and Jamie was missing Her memories were disturbed she just knew that her brother in law and her grief counselor were involved How did she get there? How did it come to thisWell this is a very slow paced psychological thriller but unfortunately nothing new Yes it was enjoyable but the plot was something I'd read so many times before and it was obviouspredictable and it’s not that twisty The first half was focused on her grief than the mystery and the ending wasn’t something that I could name satisfying What I liked most in this story was the unreliable narrator Told in multiple POV 1st person it’s a standalone novel and contains flashbacks Overall it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t really good either hope you like it as well 10 hours 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 safeWhen 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 mattersBut 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 I have had so much on in real life as I started this book that I’ve been eager to get back to it I hadn’t been able to read the second part of the book for 2 weeks Unheard of by me but there you goTess has a son Jamie both are grieving the loss of her husband Jamie’s dadThis starts off with Tess waking in ICU she has stab wounds Of course the Police are there asking uestions butJamie isn’t there where is he?There’s a lot going on and Tess mother things she needs counselling grief counselling We are introduced to Shelley Shelley seems very helpful too helpful Ian is her late husbands brother who comes to tell Tess he wants his money back that her husband borrowed She knows nothing about this and is astounded at the amount And how is she going to pay this?Shelley becomes her kind of go between and Tess comes across Shelley whispering to Ian many a timeSo Tess starts to write things down Is she going slightly mad with grief?There’s a person who keeps ringing her following herShould she feel afraid?This was bloody amazingThe ending was jaw droppingly amazing I didn’t know where this was goingI reeled from this stunning climax

About the Author: Lauren North

Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families She has a lifelong passion for writing reading and all things books Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation Lauren studied psychology before moving to London

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