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    how well do you know your partner?

    When Gemma O’Connor comes home from a press trip, she can’t find her husband Danny anywhere. They only recently moved to a Bristol suburb from London. The house is clean but no shopping has been done. His clothes, passport and other stuff are also still present, only his bicycle and laptop are missing. She can’t get in touch with him by e-mail and friends or family know nothing. DCI Helena Dickens has her work cut out for her. In the normally peaceful district, 2 murders on young single men have taken place. There’s no obvious connection between the victims, but the bodies have been found close to each other and they both was in their 30ies and died from head injuries. They also looked alike, like brothers or so. With no suspects, she hopes that there won’t be a third victim (and thus a serial killer). But when Gemma comes in to report her husband Danny a missing person, she notices that he looks eerily similar to the 2 murder victims. It might well be a coincidence, but there are too many of those and she doesn’t like it a bit. Something strange is going on with Danny’s disappearance, Gemma can’t find back any of the photo’s she made during the last weeks and there’s also no trace of Danny’s e-mails during that period. His workplace says that they did hire him initially, but that he declined a few weeks later. Both neighbours claim that they never saw him and assumed that Gemma lived there alone. After finding out that Danny lied about his job and his whereabouts and seeing his profile on a dating app, Gemma starts to realise that they never were the perfect couple she thought they were and that she never knew her husband at all. Their marriage and relationship were built on nothing but lies. However this book is marketed as a psychological thriller, and there are certainly mind games being played, I’d rather put it under police procedural, although one doesn’t exclude the other. The main question in this book is where is Danny and why did he tell all those lies to his wife. You’re also left in limbo for a long time before you find out whether Gemma has anything to do with her husband’s disappearance. She claims complete innocence, but as the story progresses, more and more circumstantial evidence points in her direction. I found the ending a bit disappointing, it was cleverly thought up, but there’s no reason why Gemma should be the main suspect and not some other random person. Also, the actions of the killer in the final chapters seem illogical (I can’t point out exactly why as that would give away too many spoilers). If you’re willing to look over that, it’s an entertaining suspense novel. I thank Netgalley and Harper Impulse and Killer Reads for a free ARC and this is my honest review of it.
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    An excellent thriller

    This book had a slow ramp up. It took awhile for me to become invested in the story, but once I was hooked I was ALL IN. I really liked the alternating perspectives of a wife with a missing husband and the female cop that is searching for him. It really added to the story to have elements of the story unfold from different people in the investigation. I kept changing my mind about how the ending was going to turn out and that’s all we wish for in a thriller right? For it to keep us on our toes and be an entertaining reading experience? This one paid off for me in those categories for sure.
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    Loved it!

    This was amazing. Kept me guessing all the way through. Well written. Want to read more by this author!
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    Good summer read

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. When Gemma returns home she is expecting to see her husband Danny waiting for her, but he isn't there. She thinks he must be out, but he doesn't come home, when she finally goes to the police she discovers they are investigating murders of men that look very similar to Danny. Gemma surprisingly finds herself not a victim but a suspect in the disappearance of her husband in this slow burning, slow moving thriller. I enjoyed the story but felt at times it was very slow and the ending surprising; it had a good storyline, maybe I just didn't connect with the main characters. This book is worth a read and I will check out future books by this author.
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    Gripping psychological suspense, missing person

    Prior to this book I was not familiar with this author but the synopsis reeled me in! I was worried I wouldn’t love it because I have read so much domestic suspense lately but WHOA...this book blew me away! I ordered the author’s previous book as soon as I finished it, it was that gripping. Our protagonist Gemma has been happily married for eighteen months when she returns from a business trip to find that her husband Danny is missing. She tries not to overreact but after several days she has no choice but to go the police. The police are concerned about his disappearance since they are currently investigating two murders in which the victims look nearly identical to Danny. The police find a lot of holes in Gemma’s story and they begin to consider that she is responsible for Danny’s disappearance. If Gemma killed Danny was she also responsible for the other murders they are investigating? The Perfect Couple is a psychological thriller with police procedural elements, domestic suspense, and a possible serial killer. I was impressed with the author’s flawless execution of each aspect. The story was well paced, with the twists spaced throughout. I liked Gemma, connected with her, and I even understood the detectives’ perspectives so I think she wrote likable and unappealing characters quite well. I am thrilled to give this book ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5 stars! I read it in a day and a half and it kept me glued to the pages! Whenever I had a spare moment I picked it back up. If you love psychological suspense add this to your TBR, you can thank me once you’ve read it! Thank you Netgalley and Harper Collins for an advanced copy for my honest review.
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