ARC Review: The Perfect Son by Lauren North

Hi everyone! Really excited about today’s review not only because it’s an ARC, but because this was a really good and interesting read for me. I haven’t seen the amount of hype this book so rightfully deserves and I hope that changes pretty quickly. Without further-ado, let’s just jump right in.

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Title: The Perfect Son

Author: Lauren North

Pages: 359

Format: ARC paperback copy, sent from publisher

Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller


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.

  • That PLOT TWIST!- Wow, that plot twist has to be one of the best ones I’ve ever read in a book. I didn’t even see it coming… I honestly couldn’t from a mile away. I was so surprised but as soon as the plot twist was revealed, everything just kind of made sense at that point and fell into place. It’s great when you actually don’t suspect a plot twist, but as soon as it comes to light, it actually really does make sense.
  • A true suspense book- This is what I imagine when I think true suspense. This book was a constant rollercoaster. There would be times where nothing was really happening at all but then all of a sudden, something really sketchy would happen, then it would die down again. It kept me on my toes the entire time to say the least.
  • The writing- I thought the writing could have been better. I just didn’t enjoy it, I thought it was very underwhelming and at times it was difficult to read/understand.
  • ‘Jamie’- I hated Jamie the entire time. Like, what a rotten little kid. How he was written, the way he acted, the way he treated his mother… just didn’t work for me.


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