BOOK CLUB: Perfect Strangers

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Author: Tasmina Perry
ISBN: 978-0-7553-5849-6
RRP: $29.99

Tasmina Perry’s latest novel is a gripping page turner that held me in thrall start to finish. There is something for everyone with elements of crime, suspense, romance and travel.

In an ideal world this is one book that I would have devoured in a single sitting, I found it extremely difficult to put down and was always itching to get back into it. In part I can attribute this to the various strands of storyline playing out simultaneously, the chapters focus on different characters so at the end of every chapter you want to continue until you can get back to those characters to see what they’re up to.

The story is told in the third person which keeps the story flowing fluidly through chapters as it focuses on different characters. There are straightforward links between some of the characters from the beginning so you know how they fit together. As the story progresses the twists begin and we start to see that often things are not what they seem.

Yet again Tasmina Perry has set her story in the midst of the wealthy, leading lives of privilege. Gorgeous houses, everything money can buy and shallow characters concerned more about bank balances and appearances than actual people.

Sophie Ellis is a spoilt, materialistic young lady drifting through life on Daddy’s bank balance until he loses all the family money in a Ponzi scheme, and then 12 months later passes away from a heart attack. Chapter One opens with Sophie at her father’s funeral trying not to let the other attendees see how much she’s hurting. After the family lost all their money it seems they lost most of their friends as well. She is forced to reassess her life and start standing on her own two feet, which is how she ends up working in a gym and then starting her own personal training business.

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Before long Sophie is house-sitting for a client, which is how she meets Nick Cooper and quickly becomes involved with him. Within a week Nick is murdered in his hotel suite and Sophie is a suspect. From this point Sophie’s life rapidly spirals out of control, it is also where our other leading lady and gents enter the picture.

Ruth Boden is a committed newspaper journalist out to catch a story big enough to land her the promotion she is desperate for, which lands her in Nick’s hotel suite ready to give her all in the pursuit of this story.

Inspector Fox is a detective on the Nick Cooper case chasing every lead he can get his hands on to track down Nick’s killer.

And then there’s Josh, an apparent friend of Nick’s and the only person Sophie could think to contact trying to find answers of her own.

Tasmina Perry doesn’t just write her characters, she creates them, and these ones are very 3-dimensional and in focus. There is not a great deal of background on Inspector Fox because we only really see him when he is totally immersed in the case and he is on duty almost 24/7 so even though we only see Inspector Fox and not the man he is off duty it still seems like a complete picture because he seems to live and breathe the job.

Josh is another character who remains shrouded in mystery throughout the novel and I think this works well because we need that slight sense of vagueness to keep us guessing.

Ruth Boden is a character we do get to know inside and out, on duty and off. She is a cut-throat journalist willing to do pretty much anything to get her story. Yes, over the years she has learned to play the game so to speak and her integrity isn’t neccessarily what it once was and she is a journalist who is always on duty but we still see Ruth Boden the woman as well as the journalist.

Sophie, well Sophie is on a roller coaster ride of discovery, much of it self discovery and that brings us closer to her as the pages turn. A young woman who started the book a spoilt little princess grows into a strong and assertive character who is more than capable of standing up for herself.

I loved this book. I love the characters, I love Perry’s writing style and I love the never-ending twists. Looking back I can see that there were clues to head us in the right direction but never enough to completely join the dots because things are often not what they seem and this plot is layered much more intricately than I was expecting.

I can’t wait to hear what our book club readers have to say about it.

47 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Perfect Strangers

  1. Yes I totally agree with Michelle -This book was exciting, well written and held my interest from page one. I enjoyed the characters and was impressed by the developing depth of Sophie’s nature, especially her courage and assertiveness. Ruth too was a character I could admire as she persevered with her investigations to find the truth. The only glitch for me personally was the author’s description of the first sex scene, in which the use of certain language I found to be out of keeping with the rest of the professional standard of the book. I must admit ,although not a prudish person, this did hold me back from reading for a couple of days.Nevertheless I am pleased I completed the novel as it was well worth reading.

  2. Thank you to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to enjoy and review this book. I’m a “whodunnit?” addict from way back, and I usually get my man/woman before the last page … but not this time. About 50 pages from the end (before the trip to Scotland) I swore with complete conviction that Josh was a two-timing culprit, but I was misled and mistaken. Well done Tasmina Perry!

    The author has an engaging, descriptive style that carried me without pause from the first word to the last. I read the book through with only one break … I had to get some sleep some time, after all! In Tasmina Perry’s hands we are all putty. Snippets of information are fed to the reader like tiny hors d’oeuvres before a main meal, never revealing more than the author wants us to know, but just enough to stimulate our curiosity.

    The characters of Sophie Ellis and Ruth Boden are presented to us patiently and sympathetically, allowing enough detail for the reader to feel for them and want them to succeed. I watched with satisfaction as both ultimately found a happier place in their lives. The other characters are more two dimensional, but this is necessary to maintain the suspense.

    I loved the vivid, almost poetic descriptions of foreign destinations. My main disappointment was that I could not read more of this. However, to labour the context would have, again, detracted from the suspense, so I may just have to indulge in my own travels to alleviate the hunger stimulated by the book.

    As for the sex scenes, I didn’t find them offensive. I’m no romantic, and I actually hate romantic novels, but in this case the scenes fit with the context. They simply helped to paint the characters as more real and human. The scenes were brief anyway and did not interfere with the pace of the novel.

    Overall, a very enjoyable book which I happily recommend to any fan of crime novels.

  3. Thank you Beauty & Lace for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful novel.
    I agree with Michelle that it was very well written and had something for everyone in it.
    I found it very difficult to put down and couldn’t wait to get back to it every time I did leave it.
    I did however find that it took a while to find out where the Prologue fitted in with the story.
    I admired Sophie for her courage and strength and Ruth for her determination and perseverence in not giving up on her quest for a good story and what a story she eventually did get.
    Josh was a mystery right until the finish as was Lana.
    Thoroughly enjoyable book and one I would definietly recommend to everyone who enjoy romance, crime, suspense and travel.

  4. Sophie’s privileged life has come to an end after her father dies not long after losing all his money in a ponzie scheme. Her downsized life seems to be coming together when she stumbles on a career as a personal trainer and being asked to house sit for one of her wealthy clients. Then she meets and enters a relationship with Nick Cooper, a wealthy American businessman. Her life seems to be coming together. Not so. Josie finds Nick murdered in his hotel suite and discovers Nick Cooper was not his real name. She turns to Josh, the only person she knows who also knew Nick, to try to find some answers. Leaving Josh’s houseboat Sophie is attacked and shot at and soon she and Josh are on the run trying to evade both their attackers and the police. Who was Nick Cooper and why was he killed and who are the shady characters that attacked them? Are the two events related? The search for answers takes Sophie and Josh to France, America and finally to Scotland.

    Running parallel to Sophie’s story is Ruth’s story. Ruth is an American foreign correspondent trying to salvage her job in London by getting a scoop for her newspaper. She becomes aware of Nick’s murder from her police sources and decides to investigate. Meeting Sophie she is convinced of her innocence and after finding that both Sophie’s flat and her mother’s home have been trashed and searched she is convinced that there is more to Sophie and to Nick’s murder than meets the eye. Sensing that this is the story that might save her career Ruth begins her own investigation.

    This book contains it all. Murder, mystery, con men, Russian mafia, a frantic chase through three countries and romance. It is not a bad read but not one I found totally compelling or convincing. I never got a real sense of who Josh was and found some of the things he was able to do while he and Sophie were on the run rather unbelievable. Nor did I find the professional and personal relationship between Ruth and Inspector Fox convincing.

    Unlike The Company of Strangers which I loved and resulted in me devouring four more of Liz Byrski’s books Perfect Strangers did not impress me enough for me want to seek out more books by Tasmina Perry.

  5. I finished reading Perfect Strangers last night; three days after receiving it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    From the prologue, I was hooked!
    I immediately liked the character of Sophie Ellis. And I was equally taken by other characters throughout the story, including Ruth and Josh.
    Actually, I would love if Tasmina Perry wrote another story using Ruth’s character in it again.
    But getting back to Perfect Strangers, this book was one that I didn’t want to put down. I found the storyline really engaging, and leaving me on the edge of my seat. It held my attention and was really exciting; I haven’t read a book this good in a while.
    I would happily recommend this book, and for me, it is a book that I would enjoy reading again and again as there are so many elements to the story that I am sure I would find new things to be impressed by each and every time I read it.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to allow me to take part in this review; I loved this book.

  6. Thanks Beauty and Lace for an absolutely brilliant book Perfect Strangers by Tasmina Perry.
    I have been enthralled by this book from the moment I started reading . If you like a good book that keeps you guessing right to the end then Perfect Strangers is for you.
    Revolving around several characters mainly Sophie , Ruth and Josh , this story has it all murder , mystery , engaging characters and enough twists and turns in their lives to satisfy any reader.
    Starting with Sophie finding her new man in her life Nick Cooper dead in his hotel suite , only to find out that wasnt even his real name.
    What follows is an intriguing jaunt across several countries as Sophie’s life becomes intertwined with that of journalist Ruth who is living in London and Ruth becomes convinced that there is more to the story of Nicks murder .Hoping this story may revive her career it becomes much more personal as she delves further.
    For lovers of crime/mystery novels you will definitely enjoy the twists and turns of Perfect Strangers . A hugely enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone .

  7. Thanks Beauty and Lace for an absolutely brilliant book Perfect Strangers by Tasmina Perry.
    I have been enthralled by this book from the moment I started reading . If you like a good book that keeps you guessing right to the end then Perfect Strangers is for you.
    Revolving around several characters mainly Sophie , Ruth and Josh , this story has it all murder , mystery , engaging characters and enough twists and turns in their lives to satisfy any reader.
    Starting with Sophie finding her new man in her life Nick Cooper dead in his hotel suite , only to find out that wasnt even his real name.
    What follows is an intriguing jaunt across several countries as Sophie’s life becomes intertwined with that of journalist Ruth who is living in London and Ruth becomes convinced that there is more to the story of Nicks murder .Hoping this story may revive her career it becomes much more personal as she delves further.
    For lovers of crime/mystery novels you will definitely enjoy the twists and turns of Perfect Strangers . A hugely enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone .

  8. Perfect Strangers is just the sort of book I enjoy and Im with the rest of the reviews, very hard to put down. With just the right amount of suspense, plenty of details about the characters and places they went, twists and turns,and romance as well with being over the top, it held me until I finished. I think I might have to reread!

    I loved the main character, Sophie. Someone even tho events were not similar to my own, but I could really relate to. Josh on the other hand was quite hard to pick, you never were sure if he was the good guy or the bad guy. At the end, I thought I would have liked to know a bit more about his background. I kept thinking he would turn out to be a super rich playboy type.Perhaps he is, perhaps not. Ruth , I still havent made up my mind yet if she stayed true to herself/character but I guess everyone deserves a happy ending.

    All in all, I would recommend this book to my friends and I will look at other books written by Tasmina Perry and look hopefully for another one soon.

  9. I have long been a fan of Tasmina Perry and this book certainly does not dissappoint. I was hooked from the first chapter and spent most of the week-end enthralled in the story.Well written believable plot lines and wonderfully descriptive passages and I loved Sophie as a character, and Josh certainly had me intrigued. This is a tale that really keeps you guessing till the end which is great as I hate anything too predictable. Anyone who enjoys a good read will love this book and I look forward to reading more from this author. All in all I LOVED it!!

  10. Thanks beauty & lace for this great opportunity to read this great book, “Perfect Strangers” by Tasmina Perry. I really enjoyed the book from the start to the end. Loved the characters especially Sophie, such an interesting personality as also Josh had me intrigued in many ways.

    The story had everything, travels, romance, suspense, murder and slowly you end up falling in love with some of the characters. A novel worth reading and telling others of this novel and its author. No doubt will look for more of Tasmina Perry stories. Enjoyed it. Thank you for this opportunity.

  11. Tasmina Perry’s “Perfect Strangers”, whilst an enjoyable story, is somewhat hollow. Although adopting the multi-layered, parallel lives intertwining of international best-selling authors of the Harold Robbins ilk, this 400 page offering is lacking depth. In short, it is the “baby chino” of such an epic style, and as such, I found it rather disappointing.

    In trying to cram so much into a manageable sized novel, the novelist has had to sacrifice much: the characters are not given sufficient background detail and are very cliched portrayals of stereotypes (the spoilt rich girl who falls on hard times, the con man, the hardnosed journalist struggling for a fair deal in a man’s world). Perhaps the biggest disappointment for me was that many of the twists and turns in the plot were too predictable. Normally, a novel in this style is something I find hard to put down. However, I had no trouble putting this one aside when I needed to.

    As a lightweight, interesting story, it is good, and I am sure would be enjoyed by many. Just don’t expect to be held spellbound.

  12. I have read hundreds of novels, and can’t believe this is my first experience with Tasmina Perry.
    I could not put this book down!
    With enough twists and turns to keep the reader wondering, this has something for everyone.
    I really enjoyed getting to know both Ruth and Sophie. I would have liked to have known a bit more about Josh, as a lot was alluded to, but not really explained fully.
    All in all, a great Summer read that I would definitely recommend.

  13. Perfect Strangers is a bit of a page turner! Twists and turns, a plot that had characters and events that seemed so predictable, but not so. Loved the authors style of writing and really enjoyed that I was kept guessing until the very end. I still hadn’t pieced together the ending until the very last few pages, happy that this novel wasn’t transparent like a lot of other murder mysteries. Overall, this was a good read and I would highly recommend it.

  14. WOW – what an AMAZING book… I was kept on the edge of my seat and wanting more with the turn of each page.

    This book is a constant reminder that even if your close to a person you don’t always really know someone, and the more you do more can prove to be a little bit speculative.

    The characters and plot line were well developed and even with the mystery it was easy for me to follow.

    I loved the detail of the story and felt an intimate connection with the characters through the author.

    Great work Tasmina I would recommend to all my book lover friends!

  15. This is my first introduction to Tasmina Perry’s works. Am most impressed and eagerly await all forthcoming novels plus seeking out any previous works.
    Perfect Strangers was unexpected, suspenseful and satisfyingly enjoyable. From the first pages the reader is thrust into and immersed in this intruiging puzzle. Murder, robbery, car chases, this novel has it all; through several countries leading the reader ever onward into more dangerous situations.

    Sophie the main character is the unwitting pawn whom everyone assumes knows all the answers, and so is in the uneviable position of being the one who is being pursued by all including the law. There is of course time for a little romance, and there are
    other interesting characters in the novel.
    In all, I enjoyed it immensely and can recommend it highly.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this; it was a pleasure. I hope to be considered for another review soon.

  16. Having not been an avid reader in the past, I have recently delved into the world of books, and with my first time reading from author Tasmina Perry, Perfect Strangers, I was not disappointed. Although I found it a little frustrating, trying to keep up with what the main characters, only to find I was back and forth between Ruth and Sophie, I found it hard to put it down. Wanting to continue on through the next chapter to find what would happen next, having been left on the edge of my seat by the previous chapter. The ongoing threads of information challenging the reader to figure out the ending, what was to happen to Sophie, would Ruth get her story, who did kill Nick and where was the money from the Ponzi scheme? Perry gave only sufficient information to keep you there, never quite knowing where the story would go next. A thriller, romance, crime story, with that touching end you expect from a feel-good-movie all rolled into one. I look forward to Perry’s next novels and thank Beauty and Lace for opening my eyes to one amazing author!

  17. Thankyou for the opportunity to review this book. I have never read a Tasmina Perry book before so it was a new read. I found it took a a few chapters for me to really get into this book. It was a good read with a lot of twists and turns. I did’nt find it a gripping read though. I did enjoy it when reading it though. The sex scenes did seem a bit out of sync with the rest of the book though. the character, Sophie seems to fall in love very easily, bit unrealistic but the book itself is extremely unrealistic. As much as I enjoyed reading it, I don’t think I would ever reread it or seek out any other books written by this author.

  18. Perfect Strangers – Tasmina Perry.

    Sophie Ellis morphs from a “little rich girl” who has been left with little money after a disastrous investment by her father into a self sufficent, controlled young woman, capable of standing on her own feet, at peace with herself and the world.
    The story begins in a jail and by the end of the first chapter “The Man Who Has Everything” is dead, murdered in the jail. It doesn’t become obvious who this person is or what part he plays for some time only that he was once extremely rch.
    Sophie needs to earn a living after her father, who she adored, dies, shortly after losing the family fortune when investments go seriously wrong. Sophie and her Mum have to come to terms with having almost no money. Sophie is so used to living as part of “The Chelsea Set” that finding work won’t be easy. Sophie begins work at The Red Heart Gym where the owner has offered her free membership in return for Sophie helping out behind the reception desk once a week. It is here that Sophie meets Lana, an immaculate and glamorous brunette. “She was the stereotypical Chelsea housewife, except there was something exotic about her, an accent that Sophie couldn’t quite place.”
    Lana asks Sophie to be her personal trainer, something that comes easily to Sophie and pays extremely well. She also invites Sophie to house-sit her Knightsbridge townhouse, something that appears to be the offer of a lifetime. Lana has given Sophie complete freedom and Sophie and her best friend decide to take advantage of one of the party invitations Lana has left. Availing themselves of Lana’s beautiful clothes and shoes they attend a function where Sophie meets Nick Cooper, a wealthy American businessman.
    Sophie and Nick have a brief, passionate affair. Sophie leaves Nick’s suite to keep an appointment, returning not long after when she realises she has left her mobile phone. She finds Nick dead and immediately becomes the chief suspect in his murder.
    So begins the incredibly intricate series of events with Sophie setting out to clear her name. It soon becomes obvious that Nick is most definitely not the person he appeared to be. Sophie seeks out the only person she knows who knew Nick. Josh McCormack had been at the same function and Nick had introduced them.
    Sophie arranges to meet Josh at his houseboat. As they are leaving the houseboat, planning on meeting Inspector Fox, who is in charge of the case, they are shot at and barely escape with their lives. Josh stays with Sophie who has no idea who would want to harm her, assisting and protecting her as they try to piece things together. Eventually it becomes clear that the people after her believe she has knowledge of where the money her father was involved in is hidden.

    I have no intention of spoiling the story with more details. It is a brilliant book, fast paced and flowing but never losing the thread. The characters are beautifully written, becoming real people. The way Sophie grows as a person in the short, terrifying time that she is running for her life is handled so well, without sacrificing any details and without dwelling on anything unnecessary.
    Every character is well drawn and you do feel that you know each of them personally. The story is told over a fairly short time span but it isn’t rushed. It is beautifully rounded with conclusions so that you feel very satisfied but at the same time there is never a hint of conclusion just for the sake of conclusion.

    I just loved the book, from beginning to end. For me, there wasn’t one weak link. This is my first Tasmina Perry, it won’t be my last.
    Thank you so much, Beauty and Lace and Headline for the opportunity to read and review this excellent book. It is, without doubt, a brilliant read.

  19. First up I must thank Beauty and Lace for this fantastic opportunity to review this book.This is my first taste of Tasmina Perrys work and I love it! An amazing page turning novel that gives a taste of wealth,love,adventure,travel and mystery.When Sophie Ellis is asked to house-sit at a luxurious townhouse, it seems to be the offer of a lifetime. Sophie becomes drawn into the popular circle of the home’s owner, she meets wealthy American businessman Nick Cooper only to be swept up into a thrilling and passionate affair. When Nick is found dead in his hotel suite, Sophie becomes prime suspect for his murder, and soon realises he wasn’t the man he had appeared to be. In order to discover the truth and clear her name, Sophie elude not only the authorities as well as a group of dangerous men who seem to think she has something that they want …..This is a book to escape with – moving from London to New York to exotic countries, and into a world where mistaken identity unravels a the deceit and conspiracy.

  20. Thanks for the opportunity to read Perfect Strangers. The first sex scene did put me off. I thought “Ohno not another Shades Of Grey look a like! But I kept reading and was held captive, the story moved well, always one step ahead of me. Sophie and Ruth grew in strenght as the story progressed. I found it difficult to beleive that Sophie could fall in love so quickly and that Ruth seemed to want ‘a man’ at any cost. This part of the book lacked integrity. However the storyline moved well, building and becoming more entangled with the characters. I will look for more books by Tasmina

  21. Thank you for the opportunity to trial this enjoyable book.

    This is the first book I read by Tasmina Perry and loved it. I found it entertaining with enjoyable characters who all had their strengths, weaknesses and struggles in their personal lives that were believable.

    The plot is interesting with air of mystery as the chase for the truth takes Sophie and Josh over the English Chanel into France and the luxurious Riviera where they are both searching for truth yet running for their lives from the bad guys that were snapping on their heel everywhere they went.
    I am a romantic at heart so I was reading away with fingers crossed that Sophie and Josh end up together.

    I found the novel gripping and very entertaining and will be looking for Tasmina Perry novels in the future.
    Thank you :):):)

  22. The butler did it… Ok, lame jokes aside I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters, storyline and big print all made this a very enjoyable and easy read. It would be a perfect summer read.The combination of mystery and romance is a favourite genre of mine and I will be seeking more Tasmina Perry novels to read in the future. If a Mills and Boon book had a baby with an Agatha Christie novel – this would be it. It may not be the most high brow of literature but we all can do with some interesting escapism every now and again.

  23. Oh my goodness, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I loved it, well written, gripping storyline and great charactor development. Hated it as each time I went to put it down I couldnt due the fact that I didnt want to miss out on what was happening! Some very late nights, and the occasionally locking myself in my room for my fix, I finished it and wanted more!

    Well done, I highly recommend this book and if any other Tasmina Perry books are like this one ‘Count me in’!

  24. If there is one thing I do love it’s a thrilling adventure, suspense crime story, heartache and of course romance thrown in. This novel did have a few very sexy passionate sex scenes that were not your average mills & boon romance but it did make for interesting reading of the characters involved. After reading 50 Shades of Grey the sex themes in this book are quite tame.. believe me.

    The beginning of the book starts with the Prologue which really didn’t hold my attention and had me wondering what I was actually reading. It wasn’t till I started reading the story of Sophie’s journey that I was then intrigued to keep reading. The chapters alternate with another character called Ruth who is passionately in love with her job and in helping Sophie. When Sophie meets Josh we get to travel and feel fear with them.

    I was not let down with the storyline, I was totally absorbed with the other characters involved. You know you are reading a great storyline when you start reading and cannot put the book down.

    One hundred percent I found this book enthralling and was captivated in Tasmina’s writing. She certainly has you on the edge of your seat with each chapter. She makes the characters real and likeable.

    Thanks to B&L for another great book and making me aware of another great author 🙂

  25. Thanks for opportunity to do a review on this book.
    I had never heard of this author but, I will definitely read more of her books in the future. I think she is very talented.
    I couldn’t read it quick enough.
    It was entertaining from the start to the finish.
    I love mysteries with a bit of romance.
    It kept me interested the whole way through the book. I didn’t want to put it down. I really enjoyed it. 🙂

    I love to read….so, I am more than happy to do reviews for you at any time. 🙂

  26. Little did I know what wonderful reading would await when I opened my letterbox to receive this book. It’s rare that I can say my favourite part about a book overall is the way it is written, but this completely applies to Perfect Strangers. The storyline was empowering, fantastic and quite engaging. I was so consumed by the character of Sophie, so intrigued by Nick…I enjoyed reading of their intimacy, it was quite interesting and had a strong sense of mystery attached, particularily when he is no longer. Wow, what an interesting read :))

  27. This book is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the characters – Sophie, Josh, Ruth, Lana are all great. Their stories are interestIng and trying to work out the goodies from the baddies is hard! The story grabs the reader from page 1 and doesn’t let go. I read this book in 3 days – I couldn’t put it down. Made me sad to stop reading it. And sad when it was over!

    Highly recomended. I will be reading all of Tasmina Perrys earlier books and I look forward to to the next one!

  28. The bright colours on the cover of this book makes me want to look at it and read the writing on the front! They say you should never judge a book by it’s cover but you can with this one! The cover is excting to look at and draws me in – just like the story itself: exciting and draws me in!

    Exciting and intriguing this book captivated my attention and lured me to escapism. Twists, turns and touching on a variety of content types this book was a punchy book to read and was entertaining to say the least. Easy to read I could recommend this for anyone wanting to embark of some fictitious excitement in their lives!

  29. Firstly I would like to say what a great book and thank you for the opportunity of doing this review!
    I found it a little bit hard to follow for the first few chapters as you were introduced to quite a few characters very quickly, but then I got into the rhythm and it was very easy to read – i had trouble putting it down after that.
    I became quite absorbed with the storyline and grew rather attached to the characters. I really felt for Sophie and I was amazed at how she grew as a person throughout the book. There were two points where I had tears in my eyes (as lame as that sounds!) but she managed to keep going, i liked how she was quick to trust people and enjoyed her growing relationship with Josh.
    I liked all the twists and turns along the way, it kept me guessing and i think that is why it was hard to put down.
    I thoroughly enjoyed Perfect Strangers and have no trouble recommending it to others! (In fact my sister is taking it to read on the plane to Europe next week!)
    This is the first Tasmina Perry book that i have read, but i will definately look for her others as i really enjoyed her style of writing.

  30. This is one of the most stimulating books I have read in a long time. I found it difficult to put this book down as I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. Packed full of eventure, intrique with many twists and turns.

    Perfect Strangers is the perfect book to draw you into a world of excitement. I loved this book so much.

    Great writing, great story line. It just kept me captivated the whole way through. Highly recommend this book and would love to read the next book this author brings out. If it anything like “Perfect Strangers” then this author has a winning book on her hands.

  31. This was my first time reading Tasmina Perry and now I am a complete fan. Perfect Strangers grabbed me right at the start and flowed perfectly until the end.

    The characters, especially Sophie, were well written and I felt I instantly knew them making me feel every bit of drama going on.

    I will definitely be recommending this book to others and will be looking for more books from Tasmina to read myself!

  32. Perfect Strangers was ‘Mills and Boon meets John Grisham’! I felt little sympathy for Sophie for the shock loss of her affluent lifestyle, but I did admire for her for having the courage to make the changes she needed to in order to get back on her feet financially. However this was short-lived and it wasn’t long before she swept up in murder, mystery, and deceit, not knowing who she could trust. I thought the story was a little far-fetched in parts, but liked the way the ending allowed Sophie to come to some resolution regarding her father’s devastating actions prior to his death. I was a little disappointed with the tidy romantic ending – I prefer to see a portrayal of women as capable of creating their own life independent of men, rather than falling rapidly from one relationship with a virtual stranger to another. These are the sorts of role models that younger women need.

  33. Firstly thank you Beauty & Lace for letting me read and review this book.

    This book was exciting and held my interest from the very first page. I found it very difficult to put down and couldn’t wait to get back to it every time I did leave it.

    Loved the Tasmina Perry’s style of writing, and how she made it possible to really get to know the characters. And I really enjoyed that I was kept guessing until the very end of the book.
    Revolving around Sophie , Ruth and Josh , this story has something in it for everyone; murder , mystery , romance and travel, to satisfy any reader.

    All in all a very enjoyable book, and one that I would definitely recommend to everyone who enjoy romance, crime, suspense and travel. Perfect Strangers is my first Tasmina Perry, it won’t be my last.
    Thanks again Beauty & Lace

  34. I found this book great from start to finish. There was a little bit of something for everyone, with romance, mystery, intrigue & danger. Even though the central character Sophie could be perceived as a spoilt society brat, it’s hard not to feel sympathy for the predicament she’s in, being accused of murder. Ruth, Josh & the other main characters are also full of substance & you do become very involved in their lives and want to see what will happen next. I also like the various settings in London & Europe & found myself picturing the surrounds with great detail. I haven’t read any Tasmina Perry books before but will be keepong my eyes peeled for future offerings. Highly recommended, a great read!

  35. How have I not read a Tasmina Perry book before?! It too me a little while to grasp what was happening in the beginning, and it sort of started out like a normal boy meets girl story, but WOW!

    Twists, turns, bad guys, cunning tactics, flickering of romance, witty comments… this book had it all. The story follows Sophie who finds herself in quite a predicament after presumably meeting Mr. Right. How quickly this changes, and the fun begins with a thrilling chase.

    I loved trying to piece together the puzzle with the clues and hints given along the way. The story alternates, and tells the side of Ruth, a reporter trying to get the next big scoop.

    Overall I give this book a big thumbs up, and will definitely be on the lookout for more of her books. Thanks Beauty and Lace for giving me the opportunity to discover a new author.

  36. Hi All – it seems from reading everyone else’s comments – I’m not on my own. I loved Tasmina Perry’s “Perfect Strangers”. It was a quick read that went everywhere with me over the week – with Tea stains and chlorine water stains to prove it – (sorry Tasmina – kids and life sometimes get in the way of my reading).
    I loved the promised twists and turns and surprises that you didn’t see coming and my favourite – a happy ending which I didn’t see coming.
    Tasmina introduced us to interesting and various characters in a range of different situations – from the very wealthy, criminals, working class and those just trying to survive.
    The story was very easy to follow and I quickly felt part of the action- joining along on the adventure with Sophia and Josh.
    Again I really loved it – and was a little sad my adventure came to an end. I would certainly recommend it to all. Will be sharing my tea stained copy with all my friends. Thanks Beauty and Lace for the opportunity.

  37. Thanks Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read Perfect Strangers. I found the book very enjoyable to read, it was hard to put down.
    It was interesting to see Sophie evolve from spoilt rich girl to being able to stick up for herself in any situation that confronted her. It was like going on a wild ride with her and Josh.
    I loved Ruth and her determination to get to the truth, not only for herself but also to prove Sophie’s innocence.
    The only downside of the book was I found Sophie to be a bit fickle, who falls in love after knowing someone for 5 days? Then he dies and a week later she’s in love with Josh……….I did find that a bit unbelievable.
    On the whole I really enjoyed the book and will definitely read another Tasmina Perry novel.

  38. Perfect Strangers is a fabulous read, action packed with loads of surprises I never expected!

    Easy to read and well written I enjoyed been taken on an exciting and dangerous journey as Sophie and Josh travel to Europe and the US in an attempt to discover the truth.

    I admired the main character Sophie, as even though her life was in limbo she faced each difficult obstacle in her stride and through her experiences grew into a strong and confident woman.

    I also liked Ruth’s commitment to never giving up her ‘story’ in proving Sophie’s innocence which she so easily could have given her own life challenges.

    This book would be great seen on the big screen!

  39. I love Tasmina Perry’s books! Having previously read ‘Daddy’s Girl’ I absolutely love Tasmina’s style of writing and so I knew I would love this book and it didn’t disappoint! 🙂

    The cover art is so attractive and relates well into the even better story inside! So easy to read, each pages flows into the next and I didn’t have to wait long before I was completely hooked! I loved always trying to guess what would happen next and being wrong! I love that because sometimes books that are too predictable can put me off reading them, but this certainly was not like that!

    I loved stepping into the characters shoes and living in their mind. It was interesting and opened my mind to their world. I loved the ups and downs and the adventure kept me wanting more!!

    Now I’m on the look out for more of her novels to delve into because I didn’t want this book to end. I hope she will continue to write for a long time to come as I will be buying her books and adding them to my collection!

    Thank you Beauty & Lace and Tasmina Perry for allowing me to read and review this fabulous novel! One I will no doubt pass on to my sister to read, as she enjoys the same kind of books as I do so I am sure she will love it too! 🙂

  40. Thank you Beauty and Lace for introducing me to Tasmina Perry. I shall be seeking out more of her books.
    Perfect Strangers was a novel with many twists and turns. I found the start a little confusing with the introductions to many characters, but once I knew who was who I was set for a great story. There were so many twists and turns I was kept in the dark and there was no way I could guess the ending. The characters were likeable and I was on Sophie’s side from early on.

  41. From the momemt I opened this book it looked inviting with its attractive cover. The large print layout and end to each chapter kept me hooked to read on.
    The prologue has to be one of the best with its shocking suprise end leaving me eager for chapter 1.Loved reading the parts set in France and England.
    The charactersxwere dense and believable . I was drawn to Sophie early on in the book.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace.
    Sorry for late review but I finished it on holiday with no network coverage

  42. Gosh i’m hooked.. hooked and sucked in. What is happening? Who murdered him. What actually happened with Nick? Who is he? How does this tie in with the prologue?? I am been wanting a book like this to get into for ages since the last Beauty and Lace review. Just what I need before bedtime when it’s time to unwind from work. This is great. Thanks for the chance for the review.

  43. Wow where to start!
    I haven’t read any of Tasmina Perry’s books but I will be all because of Beauty and Lace. I was captured from the first chapter and I couldn’t put the book down.
    I loved the cross-over of characters and the way in which you could loose yourself imaging yourself as the characters and what you would do in there position.

    A fantastic read!

  44. I must admit that although I was intrigued from the start, I was a little confused at the beginning of this book… perhaps my mind was trying to read things into the story that weren’t there 😉
    It didn’t take long to kick into gear (my mind and the book) and I was dragged though the Thames and Paris with Josh and Sophie. I could relate to Sophie and I could feel and understand Ruth’s frustrations with work and trying to figure out the truth. I enjoyed trying to put it all together and trying to figure out who-dunnit.

    Overall a great read! Thank you! (Sorry my review is a bit late, I thought I had done it, but apparently not! )

  45. Thankyou so much or the opportunity to read this book Perfect strangers by Tasmina Perry . I really enjoyed this book a really good mystery story i could really get into it from begin to end it had me in i couldn’t putit down i would recommend this book to any one who loves a good mystery 10 out of 10 for this one can’t wait to read the next one bring it on

  46. First of all my sincere apology for posting late review. I have been traveling and thanks to Beauty and lace I got chance to carry such a lovely book with me. 🙂

    Perfect Strangers is the first book I read from Tasmina Perry books collection and therefore her writing pattern were quite new for me. However as a book-lover I have read good things about her writing and ideas. Thanks to Beauty and Lace, I have ‘been selected to review this amazing book a while back.

    This book is well-written(Of course), It’s different from usual 400 pages novel we often get in this price about rich, pretty looking people who do what rich and pretty people do (Very fantasy but somehow boring to read same stuff over and over..!). However, this book is rather directed on a way of mystery/suspense category. The main and most highlighter character of the book; Sophie unwillingly stuck in difficult situation, when her father loss all money in a Ponzi scheme to make her survival very tough. There is also another the story in a book which runs parallel to Sophie’s story. The story of Ruth, a journalist who finds herself caught up in the middle of Nick’s (her rich boyfriend) death and the aftermath.

    Overall, the book was brilliant, very entertaining, exciting and loved that fact that author managed to keep me hooked til the last page of the book. 🙂 I loved both women characters and their described story but the MOST importantly I <3 the chemistry of Sophie and Josh.;)

    Found: Breathlessly exciting, gloriously glamorous, PERFECT STRANGERS is Sunday Times bestseller Tasmina Perry's most thrilling novel to date.

    I would surely recommend this book to my family and friends( book readers) and/or if they like (which they would), I will also offer them to borrow for as long as they like 🙂

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