Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the release of The Perfect Son by Lauren North! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Stay tuned for information on how to win a copy at the bottom of this post!

Just a note: Dickens did not eat the cupcake. He was sniffing it, and it was orange (dreamsicle), so he actually ran away!

About the Book:

A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recently widowed mother, her young son, and the lengths she’ll go to in order to keep him safe.

When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie’s eighth birthday, she’s sure of these things: She’s been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.

After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that’s what matters.

But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won’t listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark’s death and Jamie’s birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.

My Thoughts:

Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital just after her son, Jamie’s, birthday the day before. She has been stabbed and now her son is missing.

Tess’ husband, Mark, passed away in an accident a few months ago, and taking care of Jamie is the only thing getting her out of the bed in the morning. They lean on each other through their grief, and it’s been working okay for them all things considered.

No one is listening to Tess now, though, and her world is completely obliterated. She is trying her best to figure out what happened between Mark’s death and Jamie’s disappearance before it’s too late.

The Perfect Son is a captivating story with an enthralling premise. I had to know what happened to Jamie. To me, it was more mystery than psychological thriller, and that’s ok because I was so invested in the characters. Tess and Jamie are developed with so much heart, you can’t help but love and care for them.

Overall, I found The Perfect Son to be an intriguing and compelling character-driven mystery.

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Readers can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C_North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor

***Book Giveaway***

For a chance to win a finished copy of The Perfect Son, please visit my instagram page!  Giveaway generously sponsored by the publisher.

Have you read The Perfect Son, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR