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A compelling read with a brilliant premise

The Perfect Couple - Jackie Kabler

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Released: 17th April 2020

Psychological Thriller Fans rating - 75% / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Having devoured The Perfect Couple last year I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Jackie Kabler’s latest release, The Happy Family, and I wasn’t disappointed.

This is a compelling read with a brilliant premise: what would you do if the mother who walked out on you when you were a child suddenly turns up on the doorstep wanting to make amends?

This is exactly what happens to Beth, a single mum trying to juggle caring for her young family and her elderly father while holding down her demanding job as a practice manager at a local doctors’ surgery.

Her busy but happy life is turned upside down when her long-lost mum turns up out of the blue.

Beth is overjoyed and, keen to make up for the years they lost, invites her mum to stay.

At first everything is perfect, but cracks soon start appearing in Beth’s life. Cracks that have the power to splinter her family into pieces.

Who should she trust: her friends and family… or the woman claiming to be her mother?

And can Beth ever come to terms with her troubled past and learn to forgive herself?

The Happy Family is an engaging, emotionally satisfying, fast-paced read that’ll leave you guessing until the final few pages. A cracker of a book!


The perfect couple … or the perfect lie?

A devoted wife… A year ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been perfect. But one evening, Danny doesn’t return home.

A missing husband… Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified by what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees photos of the victims she is even more stunned…they all look just like Danny.

Who would you believe? But the police are suspicious. Why has no one apart from Gemma heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or is this marriage hiding some very dark secrets?



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AJ McDine writes dark, twisty domestic thrillers about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. A former journalist and police press officer, she is married to fellow thriller writer, AJ Wills.

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