The Perfect Son by Lauren North

The Perfect Son

Lauren North

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, and she knows who is involved. But no one is listening to her.

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

The story grabbed my attention from the get go, being a compelling and thought provoking psychological thriller that takes you on an emotional ride throughout. I really enjoyed this book, it kept me guessing and wavering 'til the end between theories. Even considering Tess 's mental condition predicated a skewed perspective, I still was surprised. I would definitely recommend and watch author Lauren North.

This was a good book, kept me glued to it, start to finish in one day! I’m surprised this is a debut novel, the author did a great job of a twist I didn’t see coming at the end. Thanks so much to First To Read for my ARC.


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