The Perfect Mother: A totally addictive and unputdownable psychological thriller packed with twists by Matthew Farrell

Published October 5th 2022 by Bookouture

About the Book: My daughter is gone. She’s been taken. I grip the phone so hard I think it might break, and try to focus on what they’re saying. I realise I’m not crying, even though I feel like I’ve been split in two. And then they say a name that makes my blood run cold…

Suddenly, my past and present collide. My heart pounds in my chest, memories flooding my head. I have to focus on my daughter, Nelle, but I can’t escape the panicked questions rushing in. How do they know about Betty? And what else do they know?

I picture Nelle’s beautiful green eyes and freckled cheeks, knowing that I have a choice to make. Just how far am I willing to go to protect my beloved family—and my secrets?

They give me an address in a tiny lake town upstate. I know another mother, a better mother, would call the police, but in seconds I’m driving as fast as I can away from my perfect white house with its perfect green lawn and the whole perfect life I’ve built since I last heard that name, my knuckles white on the steering wheel.

I’m terrified I’ll never see Nelle again. But I’ve been hiding behind my lies for twenty years. If the truth finally comes out, will my daughter ever forgive me? I don’t know. But I have to save her first to find out.

From bestselling author Matthew Farrell, this unbelievably twisty, unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you guessing right up to the final page! Fans of Freida McFadden, My Lovely Wife and The Couple Next Door will be hooked.


The Perfect Mother is the first book I have read by Matthew Farrell, but I will watch for more. Laura Anderson is on her way home from an event at her church when she gets a call on a burner phone in her car. Nelle, her fifteen year old daughter, has been kidnapped. She must follow the instructions given if she wants to save her daughter. The kidnapper insists in calling her Betty, but she insists they have the wrong person. As the story progresses, Laura finally admits she is Betty, but what did she do that made this man want revenge. Secrets, lies and new identities all come to the forefront of this thriller.

This book had me quickly flipping the pages to see what was going on. There were flashbacks to an earlier time where we get clues to what happened and why Laura, her mother and Nelle are in the position they are in. My heart hurt for Nelle, this innocent child that had become a pawn in the plot to get revenge. Laura’s mother, who has dementia, was one who made me teary to see what she was going through. I really liked Laura, at first, but as the story unfolded, my feelings changed. She was definitely a mama bear trying to protect her daughter, but was it all her fault? I had an inkling about what had happened and why Laura’s family was being threatened, but I was not prepared for the final twists. If you enjoy a thriller with several twists that will have your jaw dropping, then I recommend you pick up The Perfect Mother.

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About the Author: Matthew Farrell is the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Adler & Dwyer thriller series. He lives just outside of New York City in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two daughters and is currently at work on his next novel.

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