Blog Tour Review, The Perfect Family

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The Perfect Family
Lorna Dounaeva

313 pages
Inkubator Books
published April 24, 2022


Victoria has the perfect life. And she’ll do whatever it takes to keep it.

For Victoria, image is everything. And on the surface, she has it all – a big house, a successful husband and two beautiful children. 

But behind the scenes, things are very different. Because Victoria and her husband have a dark secret and she lives in terror of it being discovered, of her perfect facade being shattered forever. 

Under massive stress, but still desperately trying to keep up appearances, this is a family that is falling apart. 

Husband Kit is unable to work. Teenage daughter Anna grows ever more rebellious. And nine-year-old Joey seems increasingly different from other kids. 

Victoria realises she has to act now or she will lose everything. And that’s when she has to ask herself – how far is she willing to go, how much is she willing to do, to preserve her perfect family? 

The answer is beyond shocking and will plunge them all into a nightmare from which they may never wake.

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My Review

As you can guess, contrary to the title, we are looking at a less than perfect family.  No matter what is happening, Victoria wants to preserve her family’s image.  I loved that we got Joey’s story by reading his diary entries.  I’ve seen this done with a character, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it done with a child.  While this is a little more family drama with a few twists than a thriller, I enjoyed the slow burn as the story played out.


Author Bio 


Lorna Dounaeva has a Masters in European Studies and used to work at the Home Office before turning to crime fiction. She lives in Godalming, Surrey with her husband, three children and a crafty cat. 

The Perfect Family is her second psychological thriller with Inkubator Books.

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  1. Zoé

    Thank you so much Sherry for taking part in the tour and sharing your review x