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  • Brilliant!

    This is my first novel by bestseller author Clare Boyd, though I have had all three of her previous books on my e-reader for some time. I have to say I was completely and thoroughly hooked by My Perfect Wife right from the start. Elizabeth is married to Lucas Huxley and they appear to the the proverbial perfect couple; they have a lovely home, two wonderful children, as well as housekeeping and gardening help. Heather Shaw is the gardener's daughter and the Huxley's help. The chapters alternate between Elizabeth's and Heather's perspectives and as the novel progresses, the inequalities of wealth and entitlement contrasting with poverty and lack of privilege gradually emerge, as things begin to fall apart at the seams. The characters were at best unappealing, and in some cases, downright obnoxious, though this complemented the story and was probably intentional. Highly emotional, unstable, wilful, highly-strung, obstinate, and definitely unreliable, were some of narrators' personality traits, leaving me unable to decipher whose version of events à propos Lucas Huxley was most accurate. With the inevitable abundance of lies and secrets that befit a high calibre psychological thriller such as this one, I was gripped by this slow simmering tale of domestic suspense and the darker side of love, until the dramatic final twist. Clare Boyd's writing-style was impressive and noteworthy. With its polished pacing and plotting, I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable novel. Evidently the author is a gifted storyteller who can provide readers with thrills, sophistication and a story packed with substance. A very highly recommended five star read and an exciting story that will be of interest to many readers. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Smoke and Mirrors!

    “Smoke and mirrors” is how Lucas Huxley describes his life. A beautiful house with a soaring copper roof and floor to ceiling glass walls. Two perfectly behaved children. Elizabeth, the perfect wife. What more could he want? That question is answered when Heather, the daughter of the estate gardeners, who grew up next door, returns home to help her father. My Perfect Wife deserves to be read slowly. Summarizing the plot would give too much away. It is enough to say that the story encompasses several weeks surrounding a holiday party and its aftermath. Clare Boyd brings each character to life in a carefully crafted series of flashbacks. Lucas, Elizabeth, Heather, her father Gordon and the Polish couple, Agata and Piotr, nanny and handyman on the estate, all dance around one another in a plot where things are never what they seem. Only the walls are transparent. The devastating conclusion will leave you wondering what really was true. A psychological thriller that is also excellent literary fiction is a rare find. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Clare Boyd for this ARC.

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  • Darlene

    I found it dull and didn’t even finish it. I read others written by Claire and enjoyed them this just isn’t one of them

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  • Confusing but interesting....

    The synopsis on the back was just the sort of plot I enjoy so i was really looking forward to reading this book, However, the blurb, to me, suggested something totally different to the story I actually read. I have waited a few days before writing my review as I was not sure that the storyline was straight in my mind, or that I understood who had behaved badly with or towards whom. I'm still not totally sure and I think a sequel would be entirely possible as the book left a lot of my questions unanswered. So here goes.... Elizabeth is the wife of the dashing Lucas and mother to their two almost perfect children. They live in a splendid house called Copper Lodge. She spends her life trying to be the perfect wife and pleasing Lucas. After some sort of illness (we do not know any details) she now has the help of an au-pair called Agata from Poland. Meanwhile, Heather, the daughter of their closest neighbour who also happens to be the gardener at Copper Lodge returns to the village after several years to help her Dad with the gardens whilst her Mother is away. Heather shares some sort of past with Lucas which is slowly revealed throughout the book. Heather, Elizabeth, Agata and Lucas seem to dance around each other, as characters are slowly revealed and it is hard to work out who is the innocent amongst all the happenings. Up to the very end i was still trying to work out who was manipulating whom. Then a sting in the tail! I am still not sure that I have understood who the 'baddie' actually was, Hmmm ........ Overall I did enjoy the storyline despite the characters being quite unlikable and The fact that all my presumptions about the storyline were wrong. The story contains several trigger topics under-age sex, rape, abuse and exploitation to name but a few........ A big thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and the author for my advance copy of the book.

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  • Very Well Done!

    Trying to determine the truth makes for interesting reading and a whirlwind journey. Who to believe? Is Elizabeth really crazy? Is Lucas really evil? Is Heather delusional? One or all or none could be the answer. Very detailed story which comes at you like a speeding truck and doesn't let up until the twisty end!

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