Release Date: August 13, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Thriller
Goodreads Average: 4.15 *As of 8/15/2019*
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.
What it’s about: Tess Clarke lost her husband in a plane crash a few months before her son Jamie’s 8th birthday. After Jamie’s birthday she wakes up in a hospital with a stab wound and no one will listen to her or tell her where Jamie is. As Tess tries to piece together what happened between the plane crash and her son’s birthday, she might not be able to come to terms with the truth.
The Perfect Son was very fast-paced and it was so easy to read that I was able to read it very quickly. Creepy phone calls and someone following her? Yes please! This book kept me engaged and had me wondering where it was all headed. It jumped around a lot and had different media in it which also kept me interested.
I didn’t guess the ending and even when I thought I had things figured out I didn’t. There were a few different twists in The Perfect Son and I wasn’t expecting any of them. I think this would be a great book for someone that loves a quick read in the thriller/mystery genre.
Final Thought: I am going to keep my review short so I don’t give anything away, but when it comes down to it I highly recommend reading this and I simply can’t wait for North’s second book!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
About the author
Lauren North studied psychology before moving to London, where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. The Perfect Son is her first novel, and she’s working on her second.