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Today I am reviewing My Perfect Wife by Clare Boyd. This was released on the 4th of March, published by Bookouture.

Book Blurb

I finally have everything I ever wanted. A home with floor-to-ceiling windows, a devoted husband who dazzles everyone he meets, and two angelic children I adore. But as I watch my husband chatting with the girl next door, I wonder if anyone can see the sadness in my pretty pink smile, or hear the scream behind my straight white teeth?

I know I’m crazy to think there’s a hint of desire in his eyes.

I know it\’s madness to see a flicker of fear in hers.

I know all this, because I’ve been wrong before.

And if I’m wrong again, he’ll try to take my children away.

The party is my last chance to prove to my husband that I’m on the mend, that I can handle something as simple as a drinks reception without snapping under the pressure. It’s all going perfectly, until I see something in the swimming pool that changes everything. But if I can’t trust myself to believe it’s real, who will?

A totally unputdownable page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on under the surface of perfect-looking lives. Clever and unexpected, this book will have you gripped from the very first page until the dramatic final twist. Fans of The Wife Between Us and The Mother-in-Law will be hooked.

Whoa, this is quite a read! Less is definitely more when describing this story. It is really best going in with only what the blurb gives you, as there is so much more and I would not want to accidentally give anything away. It is wickedly twisted, full of lies, deceit, manipulation and toxic, dysfunctional relationships. It is everything that you would not want in your life, but one you find you can’t tear yourself away from reading about.

Clare has done a really great job with this book. It is an addictive story, that gets your attention and holds it right from the get-go. It is a great insight into how one can make their life appearance look so perfect on the outside, but on the inside, it is nothing like it is portrayed. Told from the point of view of Elizabeth (The perfect wife) and Heather (The girl next door), the story flows really well and its structure does a great job of helping complete the picture behind the characters. Whilst the story does contain a number of sensitive topics, Clare has written them in a way that is not overly distressing to the reader.

The characters in this story have all been really well written and are a mix of likeable and unlikeable ones. it is really fascinating to see how Elizabeth’s husband Lucas is perceived by each of them. It is a credit to Clare’s writing that she has created a read that reflects that complex and raw relationships can exist and will have you questioning at what point both of these cross over into abuse?

I really enjoyed Clare’s writing. She has a very relaxed style, that makes reading her books an enjoyable experience. She is able to draw the reader in and expertly builds the tension and suspense throughout. Normally I can get a sense when I am reading a story where it is going to go, but in this case, I actually had no idea how it was going to turn out. It was dramatic, a surprise and a great way to finish it up.

My Perfect Wife really is a captivating read. Clare has really made excellent use of “smoke and mirrors” concept in this story and at no point can you actually have a feeling of ease with anything or anyone. You are constantly seconding guessing throughout and at times second-guessing your second guesses!! I love that in a book. This is another great read from Clare and I am looking forward to reading more from her. It was a pleasure to read and review My Perfect Wife which I recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Clare Boyd for allowing me to read an advanced copy of My Perfect Wife which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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