The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

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The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

By Grace O'Reilly

Published by Bloodhound Books in 2020, this book is also available as an Audio-Book on Audible and just under 9 hours in length.  The narration by Neil Hellegers and Teri Schnaubelt brings drama to this already brilliant book, as a typical read-alone.  This was only my second Audio-Book and I altered between reading the physical book in bed and the audible version doing my cooking and cleaning about the house.

The Perfect Marriage is a psychological thriller as well as a murder mystery.   From the first page you are gripping on real tightly all the way through to the very end.  The more you read the hungrier you become to find out what happens.  Things are not always as they first appear, or are they?

The story is both well written and well-constructed.  The characters that you meet along the way are extremely complex in various ways, especially one character in particular.  Full of entertainment and questions it keeps readers on their toes.  The storyline is completely packed with it swivelling one way for a few chapters, and then meandering in a totally different direction yet again, a few chapters later and then wheels back the way you may have thought the second time.  It’s yo-yoing adds another layer of intensity.

The blurb at the back of the book reads:

“The Perfect Marriage

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?”

This book has passion, love,  hate, infidelity, murder, lies, betrayal, revenge, malice.  It definitely makes you wonder who the real victim is at the end.  The question I want to know from other readers is do you think it has justice?

This book was one of our picks at the end of 2022, start of 2023, for our Co-Operative Housing of Ireland Book-Club – The Graduates.  The fun thing about a Book-Club is that everybody has incredibly separate opinions to one another.

The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva RoseJeneva’s character writing is great, and I like the way some characters have such polar-opposite depth.  It certainly  leaves you deep in thought long after the book has been finished.

There has been rumours and speculation as to whether Rose’s book will be turned into a film.  Personally, I think that a film company would be crazy not to take the opportunity as it would certainly give you goosebumps whilst you bite down on your popcorn.

(c) Grace O’Reilly

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