Perfect Family by H. Lovelyn Bettison
Publication Date: February 2016
Sadie always wanted the perfect family: a husband, a son, a dog, a house in the suburbs. For a little while she had it all. Then after an accident one afternoon, her son starts acting oddly and displaying strange new abilities. His new behavior threatens to bring to light a secret that she’s been keeping for years. Will she be able to hold her family together or will the truth tear them apart?
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Sadie has a perfect family: a loving husband, an adorable son, and a devoted dog. Everything’s wonderful and things are just the way Sadie dreamed they would be. When Marcus starts doing things that no normal human (much less a toddler) should be able to do, it becomes obvious that there’s more to this family’s story than meets the eye.
Perfect Family can be described using different words, “peculiar” being the most appropriate (in my opinion). At first, I felt that the author should have further explored the supernatural aspect of the story, but on second thought, it occurred to me that the story would have had to go a different way (which I would not have liked much).
I like the fact that the pacing of the story is just right, and author managed to squeeze everything into just a few pages without it seeming like she had most of the story on “fast forward”. There are parts of this book that struck me as a bit disturbing, especially the aspects that seemed to have no explanation attached to them; but at the end of the day, I wasn’t too creeped out. However, I do wish I was able to form more of a connection with, at least, one of the characters.
Overall, Perfect Family is a fascinating tale of darkness, light, and love. It’s well written, and I was sucked in right till the end. It also helps that it’s a quick read and a welcome change from the usual books I’m used to.