Thursday, October 6, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Perfect Mother


My daughter is gone. She’s been taken. I grip the phone so hard I think it might break, and try to focus on what they’re saying. I realise I’m not crying, even though I feel like I’ve been split in two. And then they say a name that makes my blood run cold…

Suddenly, my past and present collide. My heart pounds in my chest, memories flooding my head. I have to focus on my daughter, 
Nelle, but I can’t escape the panicked questions rushing in. How do they know about Betty? And what else do they know?

I picture Nelle’s beautiful green eyes and freckled cheeks, knowing that I have a choice to make. Just how far am I willing to go to protect my beloved family—and my secrets?

They give me an address in a tiny lake town upstate. I know another mother, a better mother, would call the police, but in seconds I’m driving as fast as I can away from my perfect white house with its perfect green lawn and the whole perfect life I’ve built since I last heard that name, my knuckles white on the steering wheel.

I’m terrified I’ll never see Nelle again. But I’ve been hiding behind my lies for twenty years. If the truth finally comes out, will my daughter ever forgive me? I don’t know. But I have to save her first to find out.

From bestselling author Matthew Farrell, this unbelievably twisty, unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you guessing right up to the final page! Fans of Freida McFadden, My Lovely Wife and The Couple Next Door will be hooked.




Title:   The Perfect Mother
Author:  Matthew Farrell
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   321
Date of Publication:   October 5, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Words no mother ever wants to hear:  “Mom, they took me.”  Laura Anderson’s fifteen-year-old daughter Nelle has been taken and if she wants her back she will have to confront her past. A past she thought would stay buried forever. Or, the kidnappers have started a never-ending nightmare based on mistaken identity. Which is it?

One thing is absolutely certain. The kidnappers are deadly serious. They instill more than enough fear into Laura to follow through their well-thought out kidnapping plan. It is an amazing plan that has been set in motion and Laura must do whatever she can to get her daughter back.

However, this story goes back twenty years, and then continues in dual timeline fashion. With the past converging with Laura's presence, she has a three-hour time limit and a drive from hell to get to where her daughter is being held.

This exciting book by Matthew Farrell has some surprising twists and turns. Laura fights tooth and nail to do anything she can to save Nelle, as any mother would. The tension and the drama never let up for one second in this thrilling read. 

Many thanks Bookouture to and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Matthew Farrell is the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Adler & Dwyer thriller series. He lives just outside of New York City in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two daughters and is currently at work on his next novel. 


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