Thank you, Robyn Harding, Gallery Books, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book! It releases on August 10th, 2021.
It is that time of year where I start gravitating towards the darker reads on my TBR. It may only be August, but I would be happy to skip it and go straight to the end of September. Fall is so close, yet so far away. I have only read one other Robyn Harding book but I really enjoyed it! So I was excited to pick up The Perfect Family. Meet the Adler family. They have a beautiful home with amazing curb appeal and two kids they love to brag about. But who knows what goes on behind closed doors? Thomas is a real estate agent who is being blackmailed after a bachelor party-gone-wrong. His wife, Viv, is a kleptomaniac, who impulsively steals to regain control in her life. But what happens when a minor impulse is actually a major theft? Next is Eli, who is home from college, claiming he won’t go back. Little does his family know that something terrible happened that he wants to forget. Tarryn may seem like a moody teenager but by night she is camming to get a little extra money. She thought she disguised herself enough, but then some creepy comments start coming in. All seems well until eggs start hitting the house. Then tomatoes…and it keeps escalating. So who is this person targeting? Any one of the Adler’s could be a target.
TW: Assault and sexual assault
I read this book in one night. The book has four different points of view for each member of the Adler family. Despite its changing perspective after every chapter, I could not put it down. The transitions moved seamlessly. Thomas and Eli both had the most extreme secrets. I wasn’t a huge fan of Thomas, but Eli was a phenomenal character. Something happened at college that eats Eli alive with guilt. It is obvious he is dealing with anxiety and depression and his character arc by the end of the novel makes for great closure on his part. I felt Viv and Tarryn had very minor issues compared to Thomas and Eli. But I did appreciate how the author showed Viv’s kleptomania as a sign of extreme anxiety and OCD. While kleptomania is rare, OCD is very common and debilitating.
Now, I will say that I could not put this book down. For 90% of the book, I was gripping it like my life depended on it. But that ending… It had to be one of the most anti-climactic endings I have read in a long time. Yes, that final line was intriguing, but I felt that all that suspense went to waste.
Overall, it was an exciting read and I rate it 4 out of 5 stars!