The Missing Husband by Natasha Boydell and Narrated by Rupert Degas, Penelope Rawlins

Title: The Missing Husband Author: Natasha Boydell Narrators: Rupert Degas and Penelope Rawlins Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Format: Audiobook Listening Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes Date of Publication: September 2, 2021 Description:  Kate and Pete have been the perfect couple ever since they were teenagers. Fifteen years later, they have two young daughters, live in a beautiful London townhouse, and seem like they have it all. But one day, Pete leaves for work and never comes home.   In a note Kate discovers, he confesses that he’s been unhappy for a long time and that he’s met someone else. Distraught, she later learns that he has left everything behind, including his mobile phone, and she sets out to learn the truth about his disappearance.  But is she prepared for what she will learn? My Thoughts: I really wanted to like this book as I love a good Mystery & Thriller. However, this was totally not what I expected it would be from the description of the book. The book moves v

The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell

Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Format: Kindle Arc
No. of Pages: 364
Date of Publication: January 14, 2020

Description: She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

My Thoughts: Roz is pregnant after a surprising one night stand. She does not know what to do but is sure she does not want to keep the baby. Roz signs up for Miracle Moms, an adoption website, and is surprised when a diamond couple from America is interested in her. She cannot believe it. She responds back to them and soon agrees to travel from the United Kingdom to New York to meet them, all expenses paid. Roz doesn't know who the couple is yet and has to sign a non-disclosure agreement before their real identifies will be revealed once she lands in New York. Roz feels that the celebrity couple is interest in her because she wrote on her Miracle Moms profile that she has no family or friends, which is not true. The couple wants to pass the child off as if it was their own, which is why Roz is perfect. Roz is estranged from her mother and she lives with her best friend Dympna. Once in New York, Roz starts to wonder if she is making the wrong decision by giving up the baby. She is wondering if she should keep the baby even though she does not have much to offer it and the diamond couple can offer the baby a lifestyle that she could only dream of. Can this couple and the arrangement with them be too good to be true? Roz soon finds out that her quest for the perfect mother may not be what she originally thought it was. 

I found that I really connected with this book, especially with Roz for a couple of different reasons. First off, my sister and I were adopted so I can understand a parent wanting to have the best for their child. Secondly, I am a new mom (my son is now 9 months old) and all I want is the best for my son and to be the "perfect mother" to him. I found that Roz was very relatable for these two reasons. 

The story is written from multiple points of views: Roz, Dympna, and Sheridan (power couple). I am often times not a fan of a book that uses multiple points of views by alternating the view chapter by chapter, however, this was so well written that it didn't both me. The transition from one point of view to the other was done seamlessly and flowed very well. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 because the main character Roz was very relatable and it was well written. The story itself does become a little unbelievable when you discover the extremes that the power couple are willing to go for a baby, and the surprising twist which I don't want to give away. 

Purchase book: Amazon

About the Author: 
A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full-time.

She has worked in CID and has also specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.

Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and two children.

You can sign up for her newsletter at, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (

Thank you Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for the early review copy. This is my honest opinion.



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