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Would you defend your husband if he was accused of killing his mistress? Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. At 33 years old, she is a named partner at her firm and life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. He begins to tir Would you defend your husband if he was accused of killing his mistress? Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. At 33 years old, she is a named partner at her firm and life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. He begins to tire of his and Sarah’s relationship as she is constantly working. Out in the secluded woods, at Adam and Sarah’s second home, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. Then, one morning everything changes. Adam is arrested for Kelly’s murder. She had been found stabbed to death in Adam and Sarah’s second home. Sarah soon finds herself playing the defender for her own husband, a man accused of murdering his mistress. But is Adam guilty or is he innocent?


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Would you defend your husband if he was accused of killing his mistress? Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. At 33 years old, she is a named partner at her firm and life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. He begins to tir Would you defend your husband if he was accused of killing his mistress? Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. At 33 years old, she is a named partner at her firm and life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. He begins to tire of his and Sarah’s relationship as she is constantly working. Out in the secluded woods, at Adam and Sarah’s second home, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. Then, one morning everything changes. Adam is arrested for Kelly’s murder. She had been found stabbed to death in Adam and Sarah’s second home. Sarah soon finds herself playing the defender for her own husband, a man accused of murdering his mistress. But is Adam guilty or is he innocent?

30 review for The Perfect Marriage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeneva Rose

    Thank you so much for taking a chance on a new author! If you enjoyed The Perfect Marriage, I’d be super grateful if you’d leave a review as it helps so much. The Perfect Marriage was a book I wrote on nights and weekends while working full-time and doing freelance writing on the side. I never in a million years thought this book would change my entire life, but it did, and it's something I'm eternally grateful for. So, thank you to my readers for your endless support! My newest thriller ‘One of Thank you so much for taking a chance on a new author! If you enjoyed The Perfect Marriage, I’d be super grateful if you’d leave a review as it helps so much. The Perfect Marriage was a book I wrote on nights and weekends while working full-time and doing freelance writing on the side. I never in a million years thought this book would change my entire life, but it did, and it's something I'm eternally grateful for. So, thank you to my readers for your endless support! My newest thriller ‘One of Us is Dead’ is ‘Big Little Lies’ meets ‘The Real Housewives’ and it’s available now. A southern salon owner gets entangled in the lives of her elite, wealthy clients, and when one of them ends up dead, it’s only her and her accumulation of town gossip that can help the police solve the murder. I love meeting and connecting, so feel free to get in touch with me on my social media pages. I’ve also set up a private discussion group on FB called The Perfect Marriage Discussion Group where I've answered all the most frequently asked questions. Once again, thank you!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Ew. This is a 100% big nope from me. From the gratuitous bad language (does every single character need to use the f-word twice in every sentence? Does the main character need to whisper "bitch" every time she walks past another woman?) to the wooden characters to the stomach turning conclusion, there's just nothing about this book that I can say that I liked. I read this book because I had seen so many people say that it was amazing and had so many twists. Those people must not read the same thr Ew. This is a 100% big nope from me. From the gratuitous bad language (does every single character need to use the f-word twice in every sentence? Does the main character need to whisper "bitch" every time she walks past another woman?) to the wooden characters to the stomach turning conclusion, there's just nothing about this book that I can say that I liked. I read this book because I had seen so many people say that it was amazing and had so many twists. Those people must not read the same thrillers or as many of them as I do because this one was just bad on many levels. Don't get me started on the author's lack of legal and police investigation authenticity, it is laughable. So. Many. Plot. Holes. Another book that I'm glad I read on KU and didn't actually purchase. I'd recommend giving this one a big pass. I'm heading out to take an antacid so that I can get try to get this sick feeling out of the pit of my stomach.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    **Spoilers** . . . . . . . . A first-person unreliable narrator for a story that made no sense Lawyer wife sets up her cheating husband for the death of his pregnant mistress and the excuse is she didn't want to give him half in a divorce? Clearly, Rose did no research because the funny thing is Washington D.C. is not a community property state, so, really, the story is redundant. Moreover, the wife, Sarah Morgan, could have simply gotten a divorce but to take another's life because they dipped the quill **Spoilers** . . . . . . . . A first-person unreliable narrator for a story that made no sense Lawyer wife sets up her cheating husband for the death of his pregnant mistress and the excuse is she didn't want to give him half in a divorce? Clearly, Rose did no research because the funny thing is Washington D.C. is not a community property state, so, really, the story is redundant. Moreover, the wife, Sarah Morgan, could have simply gotten a divorce but to take another's life because they dipped the quill in the inkwell is not good enough. There are people in prison for stealing a backpack, and this woman kills a pregnant woman and eventually her husband yet somehow is absolved because the husband cheated on her? I don't like it. It's gratuitous and excessive and far too indulgent.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clementine

    Oh, honey, no. The writing is so bad and is trying so hard to be good that it's painful to read. The syntax is constructed so strangely that it's actively distracting. There's no character development. The plot doesn't make sense. I have so many questions, and none of them are good. Did this ever see an editor’s desk? Did anyone think to google the legality (or even the ethics???) of a spouse representing their partner in a murder trial? Did anyone suggest that maybe investing a little more time Oh, honey, no. The writing is so bad and is trying so hard to be good that it's painful to read. The syntax is constructed so strangely that it's actively distracting. There's no character development. The plot doesn't make sense. I have so many questions, and none of them are good. Did this ever see an editor’s desk? Did anyone think to google the legality (or even the ethics???) of a spouse representing their partner in a murder trial? Did anyone suggest that maybe investing a little more time in the characters and their development might make the story work even a little? Did no one mention the whole "show, don't tell" part of good storytelling? Why does this have so many five-star reviews? This book definitely thinks it’s the next Gone Girl, or Shari La Pena, or Ruth Ware. It's trying so hard to be a twisty psychological thriller, and it fails at every single level. This isn't it. WOOF.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    2.5* Oh my! Almost at a loss for words...Almost! I was really looking forward to this audio, as domestic thrillers are one of my favorites to lose myself in. Well this one sadly did not live up to my expectations. Adam is having an affair. His wife Sarah is too busy at her law firm to have time for him so he looks elsewhere for his companionship. And the woman he falls for just happens to live in the town where Adam and Sarah have a vacation home. Well that’s convenient! Oh yeah, did I mention this 2.5* Oh my! Almost at a loss for words...Almost! I was really looking forward to this audio, as domestic thrillers are one of my favorites to lose myself in. Well this one sadly did not live up to my expectations. Adam is having an affair. His wife Sarah is too busy at her law firm to have time for him so he looks elsewhere for his companionship. And the woman he falls for just happens to live in the town where Adam and Sarah have a vacation home. Well that’s convenient! Oh yeah, did I mention this woman Kelly also happens to be married!?💁🏻‍♀️ When Kelly turns up dead, of course Adam is the prime suspect right off the bat. And Sarah needs to step in as his lawyer to save him. Eeks!😱 I thought the premise sounded terrific and was chomping at the bit to listen to this audio. Unfortunately it just fell far short of my high hopes. Was it the storyline? Perhaps. I felt no real connection or empathy towards any of the characters. Could it have been the audio version? Maybe. When I listen to an audiobook I want the narrators to breathe life into the characters and make them real. I didn’t feel that at all. There are a lot of mixed reviews for this book so I truly hope you enjoy this one more than I did. Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for an 🎧 To review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joey R.

    1.0 stars— First the good about this novel — I finished it. I chose to read “The Perfect Marriage” after looking through the highest rated thrillers on Kindle Unlimited and discovering a very high number of 4 and 5 star reviews. This is how I discovered Colleen Hoover’s “Verity,”and I still consider it one of my favorites. “The Perfect Marriage” has a good framework as it begins with Adam being charged with murdering his lover. He “naturally” decides to let his jilted wife,Sarah, represent him o 1.0 stars— First the good about this novel — I finished it. I chose to read “The Perfect Marriage” after looking through the highest rated thrillers on Kindle Unlimited and discovering a very high number of 4 and 5 star reviews. This is how I discovered Colleen Hoover’s “Verity,”and I still consider it one of my favorites. “The Perfect Marriage” has a good framework as it begins with Adam being charged with murdering his lover. He “naturally” decides to let his jilted wife,Sarah, represent him on what is literally a life or death case. The book is written in the alternative perspectives of Adam and Sarah and neither one of them is even slightly likable. They both cuss like sailors, treat everyone in their life horribly and are as arrogant as any two characters I have ever read. Throw in Adam’s vile mother, Elenor who never says or does anything nice and you have a cornucopia of nastiness no matter who you are reading about. The plot itself is ridiculous with stilted dialogue, decisions that defy common sense, and a lack of knowledge of what happens during murder investigations as well as criminal and legal procedure that is embarrassingly bad. I should of put the book down as soon as the sheriff allowed the attorney for the defendant to be a part of the murder investigation and in some cases direct it. This NEVER happens … ever. All in all (if you couldn’t tell) this one wasn’t for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    B

    What the hell did I just read? I hate this book. I loathe it. I want to burn it into ash. “Those are strong feelings” you might say to yourself. Well trust me when I tell you that this book is NOT WORTH IT. First of all, everything is so incredibly obvious, that the fact that they seriously titled it “a completely gripping psychological suspense” is so laughable. It was none of those things. It was sloppy and messy and the writing was so awkward that at times I found myself asking if I really ju What the hell did I just read? I hate this book. I loathe it. I want to burn it into ash. “Those are strong feelings” you might say to yourself. Well trust me when I tell you that this book is NOT WORTH IT. First of all, everything is so incredibly obvious, that the fact that they seriously titled it “a completely gripping psychological suspense” is so laughable. It was none of those things. It was sloppy and messy and the writing was so awkward that at times I found myself asking if I really just read the sentence that just came out of a persons mouth. And let me tell you something: I am so sick of these people writing about protagonists who talk as if they know nothing and then turn around and are the ones who committed the crime. YALL ARE NOT GONE GIRL. Gone Girl worked because Amy’s diaries were in the past. As soon as it switched to after, she was all “hahahaha I’m awesome I got away with it” all things she was thinking about THE WHOLE TIME. You can’t stick me with someone who acts surprised and upset and affronted when presented with evidence of murder when YOU ARE THE ONE WHO DID IT. Thoughts do not work that way. It is not possible to sit through an entire book of present-time thoughts and not once think about how great you are that you’ve pulled this off. I don’t buy it. It’s the worst trope out there, and it really just makes no god damn sense. Stop trying to pull one over on me and make it actually thrilling. And pro tip? If you want me to believe someone didnt do it, don’t make them say shit like “I’m the only one who can do this and you know why”. Yeah, I do. Because you’re the person!!! Ugh. This book was horrendous and I can’t believe I wasted so much time being even slightly intrigued by it. Do not do the same. Save yourself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marika

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    This book is absolutely ridiculous. Everything that happens is completely outlandish and all over the place. The writing style didn't work for me at all, especially the first person perspectives, and it just felt very much like a first draft in a way. The cops, deputies, defense attorneys, lawyers, and any other legal person in this book didn't act professional in ANY way and this author clearly doesn't have enough knowledge on being in an investigation or working with the court and it shows. The This book is absolutely ridiculous. Everything that happens is completely outlandish and all over the place. The writing style didn't work for me at all, especially the first person perspectives, and it just felt very much like a first draft in a way. The cops, deputies, defense attorneys, lawyers, and any other legal person in this book didn't act professional in ANY way and this author clearly doesn't have enough knowledge on being in an investigation or working with the court and it shows. The language all of these characters use is super immature and doesn't fit at all. It was like reading a Pretty Little Liars book but the teenagers are acting as lawyers and cops.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    The Perfect Marriage grabbed my attention from the beginning. This story is so crazy. I was constantly trying to figure out if Adam was guilty or not. Adam is adamant that he had nothing to do with killing the mistress he loved. There are so many twists and turns throughout this book. I liked how Sarah’s personal conflict was brought up throughout the book along with the suspense. The Perfect Marriage is an excellent domestic thriller with so much drama and surprises. I listened to the audiobook The Perfect Marriage grabbed my attention from the beginning. This story is so crazy. I was constantly trying to figure out if Adam was guilty or not. Adam is adamant that he had nothing to do with killing the mistress he loved. There are so many twists and turns throughout this book. I liked how Sarah’s personal conflict was brought up throughout the book along with the suspense. The Perfect Marriage is an excellent domestic thriller with so much drama and surprises. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Neil Hellegers and Teri Schnaubelt and loved the narration. They talked with so much emotion and were the perfect voices for Sarah and Adam. Thank you Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for the audiobook of The Perfect Marriage. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    “Don’t call me Cubby Bear, Mom. I’m in JAIL.” This is a wildly unrealistic, yet very entertaining domestic thriller/mystery. I have to mention that it’s unrealistic because, as a lawyer myself, I really couldn’t get past the premise of a wife defending her husband for murdering the woman he was cheating on her with. Girrrrrl, no. No one even mentions a conflict of interest until halfway through the book. So, if it’s a traditional legal thriller you’re looking for, this is not the book for you. Ho “Don’t call me Cubby Bear, Mom. I’m in JAIL.” This is a wildly unrealistic, yet very entertaining domestic thriller/mystery. I have to mention that it’s unrealistic because, as a lawyer myself, I really couldn’t get past the premise of a wife defending her husband for murdering the woman he was cheating on her with. Girrrrrl, no. No one even mentions a conflict of interest until halfway through the book. So, if it’s a traditional legal thriller you’re looking for, this is not the book for you. However, once I decided to go with the premise, I found myself very entertained. There are some juicy suspects, good red herrings, and interesting and fun characters, not least of which is our heroine, Sarah — the county’s most famous female criminal defense attorney who has inexplicably decided to defend her sleazebag philandering husband. The excellent audiobook performances, narrating for both husband and wife, really enhanced my enjoyment of this book. While not super intellectual or heavy on the accurate legal thriller details, this is a fun and devious portrait of a marriage gone wrong. I was entertained. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and Dreamscape Audio for the advance listening copy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    ER

    The writing is so bad that I’m genuinely suspicious of the 5 star reviews. The characters are poorly written, between the lawyers and police officers, not one of them is professional and/or good at their job. The main character is supposed to be an outstanding defense attorney but just lets it slide when she gets attacked by a police officer while at a police station, and doesn’t make a scene when the rest of the policemen don’t act professionally during an interrogation? Yeah, okay- definitely b The writing is so bad that I’m genuinely suspicious of the 5 star reviews. The characters are poorly written, between the lawyers and police officers, not one of them is professional and/or good at their job. The main character is supposed to be an outstanding defense attorney but just lets it slide when she gets attacked by a police officer while at a police station, and doesn’t make a scene when the rest of the policemen don’t act professionally during an interrogation? Yeah, okay- definitely believable. Also, early in the book the assistant offers to cover a 300 dollar lunch tab, unless she’s using a company card I have a hard time believing she is getting paid enough money to pay for her boss’s lunch. I could not even finish this book because it was so terrible.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5 stars This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/th... Sarah and Adam Morgan are very much in love, but their decade-long marriage is experiencing a bit of strife. Sarah is doing well as a top defense attorney in Washington DC, but Adam - who was once a best-selling author - hasn't finished a novel in years. To spur his career, Adam convinced Sarah to buy a vacation home in Virginia, where he coul 3.5 stars This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/th... Sarah and Adam Morgan are very much in love, but their decade-long marriage is experiencing a bit of strife. Sarah is doing well as a top defense attorney in Washington DC, but Adam - who was once a best-selling author - hasn't finished a novel in years. To spur his career, Adam convinced Sarah to buy a vacation home in Virginia, where he could write in a quiet atmosphere. Adam goes to Virginia for three or four days at a time..... .....while Sarah usually remains in Washington to work. Sarah and Adam's tenth anniversary is in a couple of days, and the couple plan to celebrate the occasion in their Virginia residence. Adam goes on ahead, but Sarah is held up by a trial and can't make it. So Adam spends a lusty night in the Virginia abode with beautiful Kelly Summers, a married woman he's been seeing for 18 months. Adam returns to Washington the next morning, while Kelly is still asleep in his bed. A few hours after Adam returns home, while Sarah is at work, Virginia sheriffs come knocking on the door. They say the housekeeper found Kelly Summers stabbed to death in the Morgans' Virginia house. Adam is a prime suspect, and he's promptly hauled off to Virginia, where he's questioned and arrested for murder. When Sarah learns of Adam's predicament - and his long-term affair - she's hurt, shocked and angry. Nevertheless, Sarah believes she's the only lawyer good enough to get Adam acquitted, so she takes on his defense. Adam insists on a speedy trial, and the proceedings are set to begin in two weeks, with the death penalty attached. (At this point I have to say the quickie police investigation and accelerated judicial proceedings stretch credulity to the breaking point, but I'm willing to grant author's license.) As part of her trial preparation Sarah searches for other suspects, to raise reasonable doubt with the jury. Moreover, Adam - who's granted bail and confined to his Virginia home with an ankle bracelet - launches an investigation of his own. The book alternates back and forth between Sarah and Adam's point of view, so we see what each of them thinks and does. As the story unfolds, Kelly's dubious past is revealed, and the secrets of other characters are exposed as well. The tension builds as one possible killer after another comes to light, and my suspicions leapt from person to person. The book has a rich array of secondary characters, including the Virginia sheriff who investigates Kelly's murder, and seems unsure of Adam's guilt; Kelly's cop husband, who's jealous and has a terrible temper; Adam's over-protective mother, who blames Sarah for her son's troubles; Sarah's sarcastic friend Matthew, who insults people with clever quips; Sarah's law partner Bob, who's envious of Sarah's success; the district attorney, who's good at his job; an aggressive reporter, who wants to interview Adam; Adam's greedy agent, who asks his client to write a tell-all; and more. If you like suspenseful thrillers filled with surprises, this is the book for you. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Disappointing. Started off promising but rushed at the end with too many plot holes. If you’ve read Gone Girl, you could see this coming, but without the details that truly pulled it all together. Ending was disappointing. I was left feeling “that’s it?”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney. She's married to a writer, who is struggling with his career. She's up to her eyebrows in work and he .. isn't. He gets frustrated because Sarah never seems to find time to be with him. It's their 10th anniversary and Adam wants Sarah to spend the time with him at their lakehouse. As usual, she begs off because of work. Adam goes by himself, but he's not lonely .. not lonely at all. He has had an ongoing affair with Kelly Summers. When he Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney. She's married to a writer, who is struggling with his career. She's up to her eyebrows in work and he .. isn't. He gets frustrated because Sarah never seems to find time to be with him. It's their 10th anniversary and Adam wants Sarah to spend the time with him at their lakehouse. As usual, she begs off because of work. Adam goes by himself, but he's not lonely .. not lonely at all. He has had an ongoing affair with Kelly Summers. When he leaves for home the next morning, Kelly is still asleep in his bed. When the police show up at his door, he's a little puzzled ... until they tell him Kelly was found stabbed to death in his bed.. and he's the prime suspect. Having to tell his wife about the affair is the hardest thing he's ever done. But Sarah does what needs to be done. She becomes his lawyer and strives to defend her own husband. This is an extremely well written story with an intricate plot and skillfully drawn characters. it's a real page turner roller coaster of a ride with twists and turns that seem to spin out of control. The ending was explosive and totally unexpected. The Perfect Marriage is this author's debut novel ... I can't wait to see what comes next. Many thanks to the author / Bloodhound Books for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily. opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: Just how fucked am I at this point? I’m not sure I even want to know the answer. (c) The hubby huffs a lot and has nothing but time (Patek Philippe!) on his hands: he's a writer, one of those iffy word tinkerers who hunt the muse. He's a whining piece of immature shit, in a nutshell. The wifey works a high-power job with los of overtime (of course!) and pays the bills. This duo doesn't work: - For her, his mother's letter is garbage. For him, it merits place on refrigerator. - She disappoints him Q: Just how fucked am I at this point? I’m not sure I even want to know the answer. (c) The hubby huffs a lot and has nothing but time (Patek Philippe!) on his hands: he's a writer, one of those iffy word tinkerers who hunt the muse. He's a whining piece of immature shit, in a nutshell. The wifey works a high-power job with los of overtime (of course!) and pays the bills. This duo doesn't work: - For her, his mother's letter is garbage. For him, it merits place on refrigerator. - She disappoints him a lot. He winds her up. - He lives comfortably and in total serenity. She works and WORKS and, well, she'd better have some time off before she blows up! - For him, her work's a nuisance and is something he whines a lot about. She pays the bills and I'm not sure what is the deal with her spine around him: Q: “Thank you for being patient with me.” (c) It doesn't seem working! - Well, she has some spine and temper to go with it but! There is a big BUT! Why oh why did they not go to some classy family pshychoanalist first before going off with their heads? - He resents her success. Painfully. - He loves her gifts but takes them as if they were his due. Breaking news: they aren't. And Sara's not his mammy. Weird how men sometimes mistake the further women in their lives for the very first one. The rest of the set is impressive: Eleanor, the Grim Reaper momzilla. Scott, the fist-happy cop. Bob the dog. Anna and Mathew… Lovely details. And it goes all the way downhill from there… for the MCs, not for the book. Q: Someday, we’ll be everything I always knew we would be but someday isn’t today. (c) Q: I had struggled to get the words out up until just over a year ago when we purchased this second home. It opened another world for me, a world in which I could write, a world full of obtainable desires, a world I could live in without feeling the constant pressure that I wasn’t good enough. The natural beauty of the environment around me could be reflected into my work, and in this world I felt reborn. Q: I’ve always felt like Sarah was taking on the world, while I was just struggling to live in it. That’s the woman she wanted to be, a powerhouse, a one-woman show where I just happen to be cast as an extra. Q: That’s the funny thing about dreams. You always eventually wake up from them. Q: I’ve done so much in my career and have achieved things that most people never will. I’ve defended crooked politicians, murderers, and money launderers. (с) Sounds like perfect fun. Q: Until I can tie up this loose end, I will always be left wondering what it is that I don’t know. (с)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Snider

    As a lawyer who specializes in criminal work, I couldn’t stomach this book. The relationship between the sheriff and the female lead is ridiculous and unrealistic. For instance, a sheriff would never allow a defense attorney to sit in while questioning a potential witness. Then there is the representation of her husband. That is so wrong for so many reasons. No logical defense attorney would believe she could do a better job than an impartial attorney with no familial connections. Especially con As a lawyer who specializes in criminal work, I couldn’t stomach this book. The relationship between the sheriff and the female lead is ridiculous and unrealistic. For instance, a sheriff would never allow a defense attorney to sit in while questioning a potential witness. Then there is the representation of her husband. That is so wrong for so many reasons. No logical defense attorney would believe she could do a better job than an impartial attorney with no familial connections. Especially considering the victim is the husband’s mistress. It would also be a major conflict for her to take her husbands case since she is a potential witness. As for non-lawyer reasons for a two star review: I hated the characters. They all sucked. I didn’t like or root for a single one. I didn’t care what happened to any of them, good or bad. For all those reasons, I strongly disliked this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dutchie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you're looking for something plausible, realistic or have well developed characters(pick any one) might I suggest NOT this book. It is the exact opposite. I apologize in advance for the snarky review but this book deserves some snark…. Quick Synopsis: Adam's mistress/girlfriend was found dead in his lake house and he is arrested for capital murder. Lucky for him his wife, Sarah, is a hot-shot criminal defense attorney. Conflict of interest you say? Nope not in this book apparently. What I liked If you're looking for something plausible, realistic or have well developed characters(pick any one) might I suggest NOT this book. It is the exact opposite. I apologize in advance for the snarky review but this book deserves some snark…. Quick Synopsis: Adam's mistress/girlfriend was found dead in his lake house and he is arrested for capital murder. Lucky for him his wife, Sarah, is a hot-shot criminal defense attorney. Conflict of interest you say? Nope not in this book apparently. What I liked: * This was a fast paced read but that's it in the likable area. And I think I only sort of liked it up until roughly the 30% mark if that. What I did NOT like: *The description of the characters for sure, so one dimensional. if I read "doe - eyed" one more time I was going to throw up. Each time Adam used that while he was in an intimate setting made me think of Bambi --- yes Bambi. Totally not cool. And Sarah was constantly described by the expensive shoes/outfits and perfectly coifed hair. Anne was the assistant that none of the higher up partners/lawyers could remember her name who idolized Sarah. Nothing new here *I'm not an expert in the legal field by any means but I'm thinking the head of Law Enforcement on the case shouldn’t be catering to the defense attorney. Much less making googly eyes at her. They were the most incompetent, unprofessional group of law enforcement ever! I didn't realize everyone and literally their mother was allowed to see interviews etc.... *Eleanor's treatment of Adam: Cubbie-Bear - no just nope. And who makes a snack plate for their 30ish year old son right after he gets out on bail for his MURDER trial. And to add on to the snack plate she brings Lunchables, Gushers and Go-Gurt? *Adam - so much to write on this one but what really had me rolling my eyes was him wondering if something was going on with Sarah and the Sheriff. I personally think I would be worrying about the DEATH PENALTY over that. Especially since he isn't a saint (obviously). Then he gets irritated with Sarah for not returning his calls and he wonders why she would be too busy to call…ummm yeah maybe its that small murder case she is working on to save YOUR life. *Sarah - super pretentious, nasty "fill in the blank". However I'm guessing that is the route the author wanted to go after I got to the ending.... *Speaking of ending - Around 70% it turned into a full-fledged three ring circus at the police station. Any small chance of plausibility this book had went right out the window - sigh! Everyone is too busy tackling, slapping, name calling or what-have-you that the door is unlocked and Adam just slips on out because he's going to solve this case, which obviously doesn't go well. Ok rant over! I apologize to anyone who sat thru my ranting review but this book totally deserved it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara (sarawithoutanH)

    The writing in this book is horrifically bad. It sort of feels like a thesaurus threw up in the author's attempt to sound smart and it's quite painful to read. The dialogue was stunted and so odd to read and the narrative is not any better. None of the characters are likable and there's zero character development. The plot makes literally no sense and is extremely far-fetched. I don't think Miss Rose did even five minutes of research regarding police work or law. It was all just a big no from me The writing in this book is horrifically bad. It sort of feels like a thesaurus threw up in the author's attempt to sound smart and it's quite painful to read. The dialogue was stunted and so odd to read and the narrative is not any better. None of the characters are likable and there's zero character development. The plot makes literally no sense and is extremely far-fetched. I don't think Miss Rose did even five minutes of research regarding police work or law. It was all just a big no from me. Booktube | Instagram | Twitter

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Pieroni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book had an ending that was totally unearned, and simply didn’t fit. A character who is written in the first person feeling surprise, anger, etc. it turns out was faking those things. That simply doesn’t work as you are supposedly inside that characters head. To work it would have to be in the third person. Also, no understanding of how the legal system or criminal justice system works. Murder cases take years to get to trial, and I think death penalty cases are automatically appealed. I th This book had an ending that was totally unearned, and simply didn’t fit. A character who is written in the first person feeling surprise, anger, etc. it turns out was faking those things. That simply doesn’t work as you are supposedly inside that characters head. To work it would have to be in the third person. Also, no understanding of how the legal system or criminal justice system works. Murder cases take years to get to trial, and I think death penalty cases are automatically appealed. I think there are the bones of a good story here, but needs a lot more editing. This feels like an early draft.

  21. 5 out of 5

    April

    This book was filled with vulgar language on every page, along with appalling and unbelievable character behavior; I failed to see what all the buzz was about for this amateur “thriller” book. Prosecutors and cops beating each other up in witness rooms during an interrogation, cheating spouses who knock up other people, lawyer wife defending cheating husband, throw in an awful mother in law and fake backstabbing friends - pretty much the most unrealistic and over the top story I have ever read. This book was filled with vulgar language on every page, along with appalling and unbelievable character behavior; I failed to see what all the buzz was about for this amateur “thriller” book. Prosecutors and cops beating each other up in witness rooms during an interrogation, cheating spouses who knock up other people, lawyer wife defending cheating husband, throw in an awful mother in law and fake backstabbing friends - pretty much the most unrealistic and over the top story I have ever read. I only bumped it up a star because there was a little girl named Summer introduced at the end (which is my daughter's name).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brittinee │ bookswithbrittinee

    I’m still processing my full thoughts, but wtf did I just read?! 😳

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Wow, this was a superb read. I was engrossed from the beginning and found the story of Sarah and Adam completely captivating. What may seem as a slam-dunk case of a wife defending her husband becomes something more and I was blown away by the closing chapters. Sarah and Adam are portrayed as a seemingly happy couple on the outside but it is clear to readers that this is a marriage that was never going to work. Sarah, a very successful attorney, spends many long, waking hours at the office, workin Wow, this was a superb read. I was engrossed from the beginning and found the story of Sarah and Adam completely captivating. What may seem as a slam-dunk case of a wife defending her husband becomes something more and I was blown away by the closing chapters. Sarah and Adam are portrayed as a seemingly happy couple on the outside but it is clear to readers that this is a marriage that was never going to work. Sarah, a very successful attorney, spends many long, waking hours at the office, working on important cases. On the other hand, her husband, Adam, is a writer but struggling to capitalise on the success of his first novel. It is shown that the couple have drifted apart, especially with Adam spending time at their lake house in the country – which Sarah has barely graced with her presence. Therefore, the details of Adam’s affair come as no surprise. I don’t think Sarah is too surprised either, considering the physical and emotional distance that is growing between the two. However, when Adam’s mistress is brutally murdered, Rose gives clear alibis to central characters, leaving me scratching my head and wondering who was the criminal. What follows is Sarah deciding to defend Adam in court – he continues to protest his innocence – despite the mounting evidence against him and despite being spurned as his wife. I found the character relationships all very interesting to observe. Sarah is clearly a powerful woman and this is reflected in her successful career. Yet, the breakdown of her marriage shows the lack of control she has of this relationship and, to be honest, I was really surprised that she and Adam had married in the first place; they are displayed as such opposites that I could never picture them as a compatible couple. Adam is quite weak and understandably desperate. He becomes quite irritating over the novel but I did want to see him receive fair judgement by the end. The narrative shifts perspectives, alternating rigidly between Adam and Sarah. I enjoyed seeing both characters and their interpretation of events – both in the past with Adam’s affair and with the development of the case. The police force that are handling the case are portrayed as corrupt and I am surprised that the writer did not expand on this more. Indeed, Scott, the victim’s husband, seems to be completely uncontrollable and I did find his presence a “waste” of narrative. His actions were questionable, especially considering he is a police officer, so I wonder if Rose could have handled his character, and the implied police corruption, a little better. I loved this story and could not have predicted the ending in the slightest! It was a powerful read and is easily up there in one of my top reads for this year. Pacy, interesting and engrossing, I could imagine seeing this on the silver screen. Enjoying it from start to finish, there was never a dull moment. With thanks to Bloodhound books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linnea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS To be honest, I’m pretty disappointed. I have been looking forward to this book for months, ever since I first saw it on social media! All the comments that it’s a psychological thriller in the vein of Gone Girl really got my hopes up. Unfortunately, there will never be another Gone Girl. I would give the plot a solid 3.5 stars. I think it was creative and interesting and would have made a great book. I just have to say that the writing really pulled me out of it. The characters will fli SPOILERS To be honest, I’m pretty disappointed. I have been looking forward to this book for months, ever since I first saw it on social media! All the comments that it’s a psychological thriller in the vein of Gone Girl really got my hopes up. Unfortunately, there will never be another Gone Girl. I would give the plot a solid 3.5 stars. I think it was creative and interesting and would have made a great book. I just have to say that the writing really pulled me out of it. The characters will flip flop on things in the same page, randomly tackle each other constantly, and do things so far out of character that I had a hard time buying any of it. Adam and Sarah are married, and it turns out Adam is cheating on Sarah with Kelly. One night, when Adam and Kelly are sharing a bed and sleeping, Kelly is murdered. Adam becomes the prime suspect. One piece that doesn’t make any sense to me: Kelly supposedly was stabbed to death (37 times!) at night. A few hours later, Adam wakes up to the sound of a door slamming and thinks Kelly is just asleep. He puts his hands up her crotch and notes that she’s extra wet. Then he wipes his hands on his pants. How did he not get blood on himself? How did he move blankets, etc and not get bloody if someone was stabbed 37 times? Adam also refuses to help himself. He says he wants to solve his crime but refuses to go through evidence provided. He also speaks to a reporter about the case even though he knows it will damage his reputation, etc. It’s very hard to believe his character. Sarah is known for being the best lawyer in the city of DC, and for being extremely composed, and yet she consistently loses her temper (telling her mother-in-law to kill herself). The sheriff is extra friendly with Sarah, and then cold, and when he’s cold she says something to the effect of “I know he likes to make me upset” even though only pages before she was saying his affection was bordering on inappropriate. I could go on, but basically it seems like this book was a victim of multiple major rewrites, all edited by the same person. If you’ve read the book a bunch, you might forget to fix tones or words that made sense in a previous iteration. Also, there were multiple grammatical errors that weren’t edited out. All in all, I’d love to see this turned into a movie, but I wouldn’t recommend the book in its current form to anyone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pattie Gaudreau

    Don't waste your time First part was okay,felt like a decent whodunit...then it got incredibly stupid! Had a tough time finishing it,reminded me of those trashy detective magazines that used to be available. Don't waste your time First part was okay,felt like a decent whodunit...then it got incredibly stupid! Had a tough time finishing it,reminded me of those trashy detective magazines that used to be available.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Whelp, binged the shit out of this one! Full review to come! 5 ⭐️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eunyoung

    I subscribed to Kindle to get this book since my public library doesn't carry this title. I was excited by the high rating from a relatively large number of readers. Let me start with the positives. It was a fast paced, easy read. It was a good break from my last book which was pretty cerebral. I love plot twists so that was enjoyable. Unfortunately, there were some rather conspicuous flaws that kept distracting me from the story. My main gripe was that many of the characters had odd reactions t I subscribed to Kindle to get this book since my public library doesn't carry this title. I was excited by the high rating from a relatively large number of readers. Let me start with the positives. It was a fast paced, easy read. It was a good break from my last book which was pretty cerebral. I love plot twists so that was enjoyable. Unfortunately, there were some rather conspicuous flaws that kept distracting me from the story. My main gripe was that many of the characters had odd reactions to events. - Adam immediately starts hitting on Rebecca... WHAT?! What sane person would hit on a reporter while being under house arrest? He's not supposed to be some dumb person. He's an accomplished author (albeit only having written one bestseller). The fact that he even let a reporter into the house and spilled his guts was the jaw droppingly stupid. Then he really paints himself as a sex maniac. He'll just hit on anyone. - Did I read it right? Did Rebecca start falling for Adam? Was she tempted by him? OR was that just an act as she was working as an undercover investigator? - Why would Sarah even be tempted to sleep with Adam after finding out about the affair and the potential murder? Again, Sarah is supposed to be some kickass, smart as a whip partner/ lawyer and she falls for this POS? Many of the characters seem like caricatures of a bad comedy. - Eleanor's over the top monster-in-law behavior seemed so exaggerated. - Marcus was the cliche epitome of the "bad cop" in a Lifetime movie. - How the heck does Adam just walk out of the police station, first of all. And is missing for HOURS and even into the night- and no one notices? Did I miss something? There were so many holes in the plot. I didn't find any of the characters likable. Not a one! Sorry! I feel bad writing such a negative review but here is my honest opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    emily • emilybookedup

    A quick psychological suspense and murder mystery that kept me guessing until the last chapter! A great debut for Jeneva Rose—I will certainly read more by her! Can’t wait to see this come to life on the big screen. Full review to come on my Instagram

  29. 5 out of 5

    chantalsbookstuff

    When Adam's passionate affaire turns into his mistress, Kelly being murdered, Adam's wife who is a successful top notch defense attorney steps up to defend him. Is Adam guilty? What an amazing book! I had absolutely no clue who killed Kelly until the end. With a couple of curveballs thrown in this book gives you all the right feels! When Adam's passionate affaire turns into his mistress, Kelly being murdered, Adam's wife who is a successful top notch defense attorney steps up to defend him. Is Adam guilty? What an amazing book! I had absolutely no clue who killed Kelly until the end. With a couple of curveballs thrown in this book gives you all the right feels!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eva K (journeyofthepages)

    The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose is the kind of book that will make you second guess your ability to judge people. Days after finishing this book, I am still wondering what the heck went down. The ending had me muttering "whaaaa, noooo, reallyyyyy? Oh com'n."  The entire story you are eyeing up suspects as if the whole town was part of one giant conspiracy to commit this murder. And as soon as you think you have it figured out, there's a twist and a punch... and you're back to wondering what i The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose is the kind of book that will make you second guess your ability to judge people. Days after finishing this book, I am still wondering what the heck went down. The ending had me muttering "whaaaa, noooo, reallyyyyy? Oh com'n."  The entire story you are eyeing up suspects as if the whole town was part of one giant conspiracy to commit this murder. And as soon as you think you have it figured out, there's a twist and a punch... and you're back to wondering what is wrong with you.  Some of the characters are quick and witty while some of them are impulsive and thoughtless. You will be rolling your eyes and might even throw the book across the room once or twice out of frustration; how could a suspect be so stupid?  While this whole story is built around a murder trial, the reader doesn't actually get to experience the trial itself. I was a little disappointed by this, especially because there is so much build up to this trial! The whole story is about finding evidence and figuring out who did it! Well, who did it? Read and find out.  PS. Don't let the title fool you; this is one of the most unreliable narrators I have ever experienced... can't trust a damn thing. Thank you for reading my review on Goodreads! Follow me on Instagram (@journeyofthepages) for further bookish engagement! www.instragram.com/journeyofthepages I hope to meet you there!  

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