Today I am reviewing The Perfect Family Man by M.M. DeLuca. This was released on the 21st of October, published by Canelo.
Five years ago, my little boy went missing. Now my husband’s vanished, too.
I wish I could say that the tragedy of little Jack disappearing brought me and Nate closer together. But my husband is more distant from me now than he’s ever been. Perhaps that’s why I don’t ask him exactly where he’s going when he sets off on another business trip.
Or perhaps I was too distracted by the woman moving in across the street with bouncing blonde hair and a cherubic toddler boy. He reminds me so much of the child I lost. But his mother doesn’t seem to properly watch him. And I can’t be sure, but I think Nate and this woman share a look of recognition before he leaves.
The first day Nate’s away, things feel okay, even though I know when he returns we’re going to have to discuss what I found in his coat pocket. But one day turns into two, and then three. I don’t want to seem like the crazy wife, but I have to call his work and ask what’s going on. And that’s when they tell me the shocking truth.
Nate hasn’t worked for the company in six months.
Once I’ve found this lie, it’s hard not to pick at the scab of our marriage, see what other secrets lie beneath his apparent love for me. By the end of the week, I hope I might finally learn the truth about my husband, about the woman across the street, and about what really happened to my little boy.
The Perfect Family Man is a jaw-droppingly good rollercoaster ride of a novel with twists that will leave readers going ‘OMG’. Perfect for fans of The Woman in the Window, Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.
“The perfect family man… or the perfect liar…”
The Husband, the wife, her little boy lost and the lady across the street. We follow the story of the wife as she slowly comes to the realisation that not only is her husband not where she thought he was, but it appears that he is not even who she thought he was…
The Perfect Family Man is a slow burning suspenseful tale full of secrets, lies and shocking revelations. It was easy to get caught up in the drama of it all and DeLuca does a great job of creating a tense atmosphere throughout. I enjoyed the then and now format, which gives the reader in-depth insight into its lead protagonist. It wasn’t clear cut to me as to where it was heading and with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes and on the edge of your seat, I was always way off on how I thought it was going to unfold. When all was said and done, it wraps everything up well and is a very entertaining read.
Thank you to M.M. DeLuca, Canelo and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Perfect Family Man, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know M.M. DeLuca
M. M. DeLuca spent her childhood in Durham City, England. After studying Psychology at the University of London, Goldsmiths College, she moved to Winnipeg, Canada where she worked as a teacher then as a freelance writer.
She studied Advanced Creative writing with Pulitzer prizewinning author, Carol Shields and has received several local arts council grants for her work. Her first novel, The Pitman’s Daughter was shortlisted for the Chapters Robertson Davies first novel in Canada award in 2001.
She went on to self-publish it on Amazon in 2013 where it reached the Amazon Top 20 in the literary bestseller chart. Her novel The Savage Instinct was shortlisted for the Launchpad Manuscript Contest (USA) in 2017 where it was picked up by independent publisher, Inkshares.