The Perfect Father by Charlotte Duckworth | ARC

Thank you to Netgalley and publisher, Quercus Books, for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: 1st December 2020
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 384
My Rating: ★★★
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After a difficult pregnancy, Esther is grateful that her husband Robin offers to put his career on hold so that she can return to the job she loves.

But Esther finds leaving her daughter Riley behind more challenging than she’d thought. And soon the new imbalance in her relationship with Robin brings old tensions to the surface.

Then one day Esther arrives home from work to find Robin and Riley are missing. As the police investigate their disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing about this modern-day family is what it seems…

Is Robin the perfect father everyone thinks he is? Or was it all a perfect lie?

My Review:

The Perfect Father follows married couple Esther and Robin who, after a difficult pregnancy, are learning to cope with life with a newborn. Not wanting to give up her job, Esther returns to work shortly after the birth of her daughter, and husband Robin, a struggling comedian, offers to be a stay-at-home-dad. Robin is the perfect father but, a few years after Riley is born, secrets begin to unravel and Esther comes to realise that Robin might not be as perfect as he seems.

I really enjoyed reading this book and found it incredible gripping. The storyline had me hooked from the start and there were so many twists and turns, I could barely put it down. The characters were all very strong, Robin especially was written so well, it was almost impossible not to loathe him. I felt so sorry for Esther, who couldn’t seem to do right by her husband, who is constantly using Riley against her in the most manipulating and emotional abusive way.

The Perfect Father also had a surprising tragic ending that brought me to tears. I didn’t expect to have such an emotional response towards this book. It truly is such a breath-taking thriller that had me hooked from the moment I picked it up. Robin is such a chilling character that, as the book progresses, seems to become more and more dangerous. I was on the edge of my seat up until the very end.

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