The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler
Genre: Psychological thriller
Published: 17th April 2020, HarperCollins One More Chapter
Swathi’s Rating: 4/5
About the Book
The perfect couple…or the perfect lie?
A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.
After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.
But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?
The story follows a confused wife entering the house to find her husband missing. At first, she’s cool and don’t want to go all paranoid as her husband is known to work for long hours but as hours become days, she begins to worry and finally goes to the police to file a complaint.
Meanwhile the police is in hunt for a serial killer who hunts and kills men who look exactly like her husband and when she comes into complain, DI begins to doubt her rather than wanting to help her as a victim. What is going on? Is he a victim of the serial killer? Is he alive or dead?
Told from her PoV, you want to believe her but you’re left in a dilemma whether to trust her or not as the police investigation deepens. Brilliantly structured to manipulate her readers, Jacki does an amazing job of keeping her readers in the dark. I had no idea what is going on for so long into the book and unable to predict anything. She also proved my guesses to be wrong, thus I was totally clueless for a long while. That kept me hooked until I reached the climax, which I should say was a little bland for all the suspense the book gave me. I’d expected a lot more to happen and just couldn’t accept how the author chose to end the book. Anyway, it’s a binge worthy suspense thriller that could entertain you with its quick, pacy chapters and the plot that travels in a steady stream of unreliable characters. For fans of police procedurals and domestic thrillers, The Perfect Couple is a good entertainer and I totally recommend it!
Meet the Author
Jackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.
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