Book Review: The Perfect Family

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thomas and Viv Adler are the envy of their neighbors: attractive, successful, with well-mannered children and a beautifully restored home.

Until one morning, when they wake up to find their porch has been pelted with eggs. It’s a prank, Thomas insists; the work of a few out-of-control kids. But when a smoke bomb is tossed on their front lawn, and their car’s tires are punctured, the family begins to worry. Surveillance cameras show nothing but grainy images of shadowy figures in hoodies. And the police dismiss the attacks, insisting they’re just the work of bored teenagers.

Unable to identify the perpetrators, the Adlers are helpless as the assaults escalate into violence, and worse. And each new violation brings with it a growing fear. Because everyone in the Adler family is keeping a secret—not just from the outside world, but from each other. And secrets can be very dangerous….

Vivian and Thomas Adler, and their children Eli and Tarryn appear to be the perfect family, but if you look more closely, it turns out they are anything but.

The Adler family are in fact a family full of secrets. The story is told in four perspectives so you get to hear from each family member. And you quickly discover that each of them has something that they are hiding.

The Adler family are being harassed, and the story weaves through each character and the many many reasons that the family could have been targeted. And as each family member is hiding a somewhat juicy skeleton in their closet, it could be any one of them that is the real target.

There are quite a few surprises in store, and I really did want to know what and who were behind the attacks.

There were a couple of things that bothered me. The first being how quick the entire family is to put the blame on the teenage daughter. Each family member is aware of the secrets they are hiding, and yet the bulk of the suspicion falls on teenage daughter Tarryn. Like it could only be because of something she had been doing.  Not like the rest of the family had nothing going on, no dark skeletons. I mean, Daddy Dearest has plenty going on in his personal life, but tires getting slashed couldn’t possibly be connected to him, only his daughter, right?

It was also a little hard to follow in some parts. There are a lot of perspectives, a lot of secrets, and a lot of things going on, and so I did find myself getting lost a few times. Possibly just a sign I was too tired since I could hardly tear myself away to get to bed at an appropriate time, but who knows. Book contains a lot of drama, so that was fun.

I didn’t always care for the characters much. None of the family members were particularly great, and a lot of the time I found myself caring much more about the plot itself than I did any of the four main characters.

So yeah, those are my thoughts on The Perfect Family. Have you read it, is it on your TBR? Let me know!

*This ARC copy was provided by Netgalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in anyway*

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