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The Perfect Father

Charlotte Duckworth

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense

'Doctor Foster meets Gone Girl' BP Walter. The gripping third novel from Charlotte Duckworth explores the relationships between husband and wife, parent and child, revealing that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems . . .

'The perfect read. Surprising and original' LESLEY KARA

'Masterful . . . a great twist' HARRIET TYCE

'Doctor Foster meets Gone Girl' BP WALTER THE PERFECT HUSBAND . . .

After a difficult pregnancy, Esther is grateful that her husband Robin offers to put his career on hold so that she can return to the job she loves.

But Esther finds leaving her daughter Riley behind more challenging than she'd thought. And soon the new imbalance in her relationship with Robin brings old tensions to the surface.


Then one day Esther arrives home from work to find Robin and Riley are missing. As the police investigate their disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing about this modern-day family is what it seems...

Is Robin the perfect father everyone thinks he is? Or was it all a perfect lie?

'A real thriller of a ride with a twist I did NOT see coming' NIKKI SMITH

'An emotional and intelligently written thriller' ELISABETH CARPENTER

'Had me hooked from the first page' RUTH HEALD 'Realistic, gripping, emotional and distinctive' NICOLA MOSTYN

'Unpredictable, tense and engrossing' REBECCA FLEET

'I love Charlotte's dark, messy takes on modern relationships' CLAIRE MCGOWAN

'Fresh, thrilling and packed with unstoppable tension' LAUREN NORTH **********


'Deceit, ambition, suspense and betrayal: this book has it all' *****

'Gripping and nuanced' *****

'Totally twisty, dramatic and addictive' *****

'The best thriller I have read this year' *****

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Praise for The Perfect Father

  • The Perfect Father is the perfect read. Such a clever book. Surprising and original - Lesley Kara

  • I sped through it. Masterful handling of timelines and a great twist - very much enjoyed - Harriet Tyce

  • Unpredictable, tense and engrossing, The Perfect Father will challenge your perceptions of parenthood and keep you hooked from the first page to the last - Rebecca Fleet, author of THE SECOND WIFE

  • Modern, smart and fast-paced, this thriller had me hooked from the first page - Ruth Heald, author of I KNOW YOUR SECRET

  • I absolutely loved The Perfect Father! A real thriller of a ride with a twist I did NOT see coming - Nikki Smith

  • I loved this book. The Perfect Father is an emotional and intelligently written thriller. The twists are so expertly woven in, that at times I had to pause to let them sink in. Highly recommended - Elisabeth Carpenter

  • I love Charlotte's dark, messy takes on modern relationships, and this is no exception - Claire McGowan

  • I absolutely LOVED The Perfect Father! Such realistic, well drawn characters, gripping emotional plot twists (that also feel rooted in reality) and a really distinctive story style - Nicola Mostyn

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Charlotte Duckworth

Charlotte Duckworth has spent the past fifteen years working as an interiors and lifestyle journalist, writing for a wide range of consumer magazines and websites. She lives in Surrey with her partner and their young daughter. You can find out more on her website:

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