Woo hoo!!!!!! Welcome to the Perfect Ten blog tour! This is the debut novel from Jacqueline Ward and I’m very excited to be sharing my review with you today!
Massive thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Corvus Books for my copy of Perfect Ten.
An explosive debut thriller about one woman’s search for revenge – and the dangerous chain of events she sets in motion…
Caroline Atkinson is powerless and angry. She has lost more than most – her marriage, her reputation, her children. Then one day, she receives an unusual delivery: lost luggage belonging to the very man who is responsible, her estranged husband Jack.
In a leather holdall, Caroline unearths a dark secret, one that finally confirms her worst suspicions. Jack has kept a detailed diary of all his affairs; every name, every meeting, every lie is recorded. He even marks the women out of ten.
Caroline decides it’s time to even the score. She will make this man pay, even if it means risking everything…
What Did I Think?
I’ve got to say when I saw the cover to Perfect Ten, I thought I need to read this book. The striking contrast between the cerise pink and the black, it’s just so eye catching! It’s one of those covers for me! And boy am I glad I read it!!
I love an unreliable narrator and Caro fits the bill perfectly. Totally unhinged, I love her. Love everything about Caro! She has been hurt, hurt hard and deep. She’s struggling to find her feet and then from out of nowhere, she’s handed an ace. Her ex’s luggage. Not really that exciting until she finds Jack’s diary….I was gobsmacked as Caro read the contents. I wanted scream blue murder at the man. But what ensued for the rest of the novel was pure entertainment as Caro executed her revenge. Talk about a woman scorned!
Now Jack ….what an arse!!! From the start I hated him, psychologically abusing Caro using the children as the ammunition and it wasn’t just him. He had the backing of his mother, vile woman. But then the diary comes on the scene and my opinion of this disgusting excuse for a male dropped another skyscraper. All Jack cares about is Jack and his libido! Our two lead characters have been written brilliantly by this debut author.
As the story progresses, I was desperate to see how Caro would play her hand. Would she get her children back? Would she be found out? I feared everything would collapse around her as Jack got the police involved.
I found this a thoroughly addictive read and a wonderfully executed debut. Jacqueline Ward – your card is marked, I need to know what you’re going to give me next!! I can’t wait!!
Who Is Jacqueline Ward?
Jacqueline Ward is a Chartered Psychologist and scientist working in high hazard safety. She holds a PhD which explored the stories we use in everyday life to construct our identities, and in 2013 received an MBE for services to vulnerable people. She lives in Oldham with her partner and their dog.