Book Review & Blog Tour: Perfect Stranger by Jake Cross (eARC)

Hey bookworms! I am so excited to be a part of this incredible tour of Perfect Stranger by Jake Cross, which is organized by the lovelies at Bookouture. Now, I know what you’re thinking, today is not the day that I was originally slated for, well life got away from me, and better late than never, right?! Be sure to check out the other incredible bloggers who are participating!

Perfect Stranger

Author: Jake Cross

Publication Date: 21 August 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Psychological Thriller

Pages: 365

Publisher: Bookouture

You let her in. You’ll wish you hadn’t.

Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when teenager Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.

The couple is still reeling from shock when Katie tells them she has nowhere to go. The couple is her only hope. Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street.

But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing…

The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…

A chilling thriller that will make you question everything you think you know about your loved ones. Fans of The Woman in the WindowThen She Was Gone and The Perfect Child won’t be able to put this book down.

18 years prior, Chris Redfern met Eve Levine had a fling. Like most flings, Chris thought nothing of it, but Eve becomes pregnant following the brief affair. Fast forward to present day, Chris is now faced with 18 year old Katie who very much wants to get to know her father and be a part of his family, which he now has with his wife Rose and 18 year old daughter Julia. The family waits on a DNA test to confirm Katie’s story, but they allow Katie to stay with them while the await the results of the paternity test.

As the story begins to unfold, it becomes quite clear that letting Katie into their lives, was a HUGE mistake. What started out as adoration for a long lost father quickly escalates into an intricate web of lies and deceit. The family dynamic completely shifts as strange and violent events start to take place…including the disappearance of Julia’s friend.

I do think that the family was a bit too trusting when Katie showed up on their doorstep, but in the same respect, I don’t know what I would do if I was faced with the same revelation. Jake has delivered yet another nail biting, page turner that quite literally kept me on the edge of my seat. With each new revelation, the tension just kept building until we ultimately got to the stellar finish. Well done.

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing an eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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Jake lives in England and is the author of the standalone thrillers The Family Lie and The Choice, which hit the top 5 in Australia and was a bestseller in the UK and Canada.

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