Check out my #review for the perfect life by @nualawrites @netgalley

Title – The Perfect Life
Author – Nuala Elwood
Pages – 336
Publisher – Penguin Books


Vanessa has always found it easy to pretend to be somebody different, somebody better. When things get tough in her real life, all she has to do is throw on some nicer clothes, adopt a new accent and she can escape.

That’s how it started: looking round houses she couldn’t possibly afford. Harmless fun really. Until it wasn’t.

Because a man who lived in one of those houses is dead.

And everyone thinks Vanessa killed him….

Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for my copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest review.

The author, Nuala Ellwood is becoming one of my must-read authors. I have read a few books by this author now and she is absolutely brilliant. I love her writing style and I love her stories… always keeping me guessing and on edge.

‘ if only you knew, I think to myself as I follow this poor, unsuspecting young woman up the winding staircase. That there are no children, no birthday parties, no prospect of a commission. That Imogen isn’t my real name. That all this is a perfect life – the first few lines of this book was enough to keep me intrigued and hooked. This was the perfect start to the book and it made you want to carry on reading straight away.

The story follows Vanessa, a lady who feels incredibly lonely after loosing her mum at a young age. She seemed like she felt lost in the world and just wanted to make a perfect life for herself, only a little harmless fun to distract her mind during the hard times… until she met a boy and her life turned upside down and she no longer knew what was real and fantasy any longer.

This was a story of abuse, and being a victim in so many different ways, ways that the main character Vanessa didn’t even know was going on at the time.

Vanessa, the main character was probably the only character I took to and lived throughout, although all the characters in the story were incredibly well written, vibrant and life like I didn’t really trust them and I only had Vanessa’s back.

This was a fab, twisty read that left me guessing until the very end. I questioned the ‘stalker’ quite a few times thinking they were characters a lot closer to home but I was wrong and it was a very unsuspecting character.

I would 100% recommend this book to any thriller lover. It had me hooked from beginning to end and I did not want to put it down.

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