Today I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour for Perfect Stranger by Jake Cross. Happy publication day Jake. Enjoy your day.
About the Book:
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 Window, Then She Was Gone and The Perfect Child won’t be able to put this book down.
Having loved Jake’s book The Family Lie, I was excited when I saw that we were getting another book from him this year. Perfect Stranger is another solid read from Jake. The blurb drew me in straight away as did the cover of the book. It is so striking and compliments the story well.
Jake has created a story that would have any man that has strayed shaking in their boots. This is the case for Chris, when Katie turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his daughter. Having just recently lost her mother, Katie reaches out to Chris and when she reveals that she has no where to go Chris’ wife Rose, although not happy with how this has come about, invites her to stay much to Chris’ annoyance. As they all await the results of the paternity test, strange things start to happen and and you are left wondering if Katie is really who she says she is.
With the exception of Rose, for me none of the characters were very likeable but in saying that, they have been written extremely well. Chris made me feel uncomfortable and there was just something that wasn’t quite right with him. As the story progresses you start to see him unravel as the stress starts to become too much and you see a side to him that makes you question if this man is really who he portrays himself to be. Katie is an intriguing character and I liked how I kept questioning myself as to is she or isn’t she being genuine.
I really like Jakes writing style and how he manages to keep the reader in suspense throughout. The use of short chapters make this a quick and easy read. It is a slow burn to start with, but once it gets going it is a chilling read full of twists and turns in the lead up to the thrilling conclusion. I think the message here is never open your door when a stranger comes knocking! You never know who you are letting in….
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Jake Cross for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Perfect Stranger which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Perfect Stranger is available to buy now
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Lets get to know Jake
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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