Title: Perfect Ten
Author: Jacqueline Ward
Publisher: Corvus Atlantic
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, even 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…
Perfect Ten is a brilliant read packed full of betrayal, rage and good old fashioned revenge. I thought it was a lot of fun and I found myself staying up until the early hours, wanting to finish it.
Main character Caroline is definitely not the most level-headed woman you’ll ever meet – but the more I read about what she’d been through with husband Jack, the more I understood why she felt the anger that she did, and by a quarter of the way in I’d have happily punched Jack in the face myself! Jacqueline Ward has created some truly powerful characters in Perfect Ten, in that they really provoked feelings in me – whether positive or negative – and made me root for Caroline. She was definitely unhinged and definitely extreme but I loved reading about her and was behind her all the way – I was definitely #TeamCaro!
This isn’t all thriller, it has plenty of emotions wrapped up inside it as well, and I like that this novel is a mix of genres – women’s fiction and thriller being two of them! It’s firmly rooted in the 21st century with a lot of Caroline’s revenge centering around Facebook and technology, but this doesn’t cheapen the story like it has with other books I’ve read – it simply made me picture myself in Caroline’s position today and helped me identify even more with her.
Perfect Ten is a lot of fun and addictive reading. Clear a few hours in your diary and enjoy!
Many thanks to Readers First for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.