How far would you go to maintain the illusion of The Perfect Life?
Molly Chatwell has a beautiful house, a handsome husband, two children and a job she likes. It all seems so perfect but when her two children leave for university, she realises her life has become dull and empty. When her husband refuses to go away with her, Molly decides to go alone. But what should have been a relaxing break turns into a nightmare.
Back at home in London, Molly tries to put it all behind her but when the police arrive at her door and tell her that a body has been found with connections to her, Molly realises that her perfect life is under threat…
The Dublin Murders was one of my favourite TV series last year. In fact I loved it so much I voted for it in the TV Awards.
Unfortunately this book just didn’t really do it for me. We know from the synopsis that a body will be found with connections to Molly, but there was so much information beforehand about Molly’s ‘perfect’ life that I got impatient. She just isn’t that interesting. She makes astonishingly bad choices and her husband is a pig. I think if the body had turned up earlier (then we’d flashed back) and the victim been more significant, I might have been more engrossed.
I’m not saying it isn’t a good story. It is and Valerie Keogh is a highly accomplished author. In fact I feel so guilty giving 3 stars (probably 3.5 is nearer the mark) when so many people have given it 5 stars. There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings, but I hated two parts of the outcome (I can’t say which) connected to someone so insignificant that we had totally forgotten about them, but particularly one other thing. Not who but what happens. You’ll have to read to the end and make up your own mind.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole and my fellow Pigeons for making this an enjoyable read. And I will definitely look out for more from Valerie.
About the Author
Valerie started to write several years ago. She self-published eight crime novels and one psychological thriller before signing a two book contract with Bookouture in March 2018. She is a registered nurse with a degree in English and a Masters in American Literature. Recently she has given up nursing to concentrate on her writing career.
The Perfect Life is a stand-alone novel published in 2020.