Wednesday, August 21, 2019

BLOG TOUR - Perfect Stranger


You let her in. You’ll wish you hadn’t.

Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when teenager Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.

The couple is still reeling from shock when Katie tells them she has nowhere to go. The couple is her only hope. Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street.

But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing… 

The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…

A chilling thriller that will make you question everything you think you know about your loved ones. Fans of The Woman in the Window, Then She Was Gone and The Perfect Child won’t be able to put this book down.


Title:   Perfect Stranger
Author:  Jake Cross
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   365 
Date of Publication:  August 21, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

Rose and Chris have had a happy marriage of almost twenty years. They have a teen daughter Julia and things couldn't be gong any better. One day, however, Katie, an older teen, shows up on their doorstep claiming to be Chris's daughter. What's more, is that she needs someplace to stay.

Chris did have a fling just before Rose, and now that the product of said event is there, what is he to do. Well, Rose cannot turn Katie away and welcomes her into their home. This is in consternation to what Chris wants. Sadly, Katie has lost her mother, and now she becomes an intimate part of Chris and Rose's family.

There is no peace, however, as strange events begin occurring. When daughter Julia's friend disappears en route to their home, things strangely begin to click into place. Quite naturally, Rose Rose begins to wonder if it was wise to let Katie move in, but also  whether or not Chris could be connected to everything going on around them. Is Chris the trusted man Rose has been happily married to all of these years? 

Jake Cross is a new name to me and I am glad that I got a chance to read this book. It is well-written and has a few twists and turns that kept me eagerly turning the pages. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jake lives in England and is the author of the standalone thrillers The Family Lie and The Choice, which hit the top 5 in Australia and was a bestseller in the UK and Canada.

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