The Perfect Couple, by Brenda Novak
Publisher: Mira Books
*NOTE: This book was reviewed for the Amazon Vine program and not for Bookpleasures.
Author Brenda Novak is a New York Times best-selling author, with her books receiving critical acclaim and enthusiastic responses from readers. When she’s not writing, she’s working on her annual diabetes fundraiser. She resides in Sacramento with her husband and five children.
A mother faces her greatest fear and a detective faces his hardest case. Zoe Duncan’s thirteen-year-old daughter went missing from her own backyard and she’s willing to do anything to bring her back home. The police think she ran away because she’s unhappy about her mother’s upcoming marriage, but it wasn’t like Sam to do that, and Sam has been very sick, so time was running out. Private P.I. Jonathon Stivers donates his time to The Last Stand, a victim’s charity, and he’s very good at what he does. But with no clues, no suspects, and no leads, this case is proving to be impossible to solve. Finding himself attracted to Zoe isn’t helping either. Falling in love with the client is never a good plan. And when they discover that the “perfect” couple next door is anything but, it’s a race against time to get to Sam before it’s too late.
I’ve been a fan of Brenda’s for some time now. Her books have a wonderful blend of suspense and romance, with deep, relatable characters. This book stands out from the rest for me because when most suspense’s have a bit of point-of-view from the bad guy, half of this book was told from the perspective of the bad guys (Tiffany and Colin), and the other half from the hero and heroine (Jonathon and Zoe). It also had bits of insight from the daughter, Sam. The setting was great and I got chills several times thinking about having these people possibly living right next door. Sure makes you think twice about your neighbors. The romance wasn’t over gushy, with the love scenes tastefully done and the ending satisfying. This was also a drawn out ending in a good way, to where the build-up doesn’t let the reader down. There are two more books in this “Perfect” series, The Perfect Liar, and The Perfect Murder. Highly recommended.
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