The Perfect Husband by Chris Taylor

The Perfect Husband

By Chris Taylor

  • Release Date: 2015-11-01
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4
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Description

Isobel Donnelly has a perfect life. Married to a renowned orthopedic surgeon who’s employed at the illustrious Sydney Harbour Hospital, she also has a successful and satisfying career as a pediatric nurse. Life couldn’t get any better.

But then her babies arrive: first Ben and then Sophie and almost overnight, her husband turns into a cold and angry stranger. Her perfect world is shattered the first night he hits her.
Now, she’s trapped in a violent marriage with nowhere to run. Her husband has threatened to kill her and the kids if she ever dares to leave. In public, they’re the perfect couple. No one will believe the charming and charismatic Doctor Donnelly is a monster behind closed doors.  All she can do is pray for a miracle or hope that he drops down dead.

Mason Alexander has left his home in the country to take up his dream job as a pediatric doctor at the prestigious Sydney Harbour Hospital. Recovering from a failed marriage, he’s determined to put the change of scene to good use. The distractions and demands of his job at the Sydney Harbour Hospital are just what he needs to get his life back on track.

Then he runs into Isobel Donnelly and his world is once again turned upside down. He’s loved her since they were children. She’s the reason his marriage failed. But Isobel’s still married to his nemesis: the incomparable Nigel Donnelly, the star of their high school football team. From all accounts, the two of them are still blissfully in love.

Vowing to steer clear of the woman who’s haunted his dreams for far too many years, Mason does his best to avoid her, but Isobel continues to seek him out and he can’t help but notice her assurances that she’s still happily married appear a little forced.

When she arrives at work with a blackened eye, he’s immediately concerned. His suspicions are raised when she offers the flimsiest excuse. There’s no way she fell over toys left in the way. 

The thought that Nigel might be abusing her is abhorrent, but the signs are there for all to see. Will Mason be able to convince her to leave the monster who is her husband…or will they both die trying?

Reviews

  • Not Australian

    3
    By Vectragirl1
    Quite a good book but annoyed about incorrect facts. No such car as a Toyota Magna and Aussies don’t say Mom.
  • The perfect husband

    4
    By @tuck77
    I found it hard to put this book down once I started. A quick moving story that was written with great visual context. It is great to see Chris, an Australian country girl, is fulfilling her dreams of writing. I love that the stories are set in Australia also. Now for the book in the series.
  • Great

    4
    By Teamsarge
    A great suspense romance about a woman who is in an abusive relationship and tries to find the strength to escape
  • Possibly 3.5 stars

    3
    By Nlw68
    Good story but it could've been a bit deeper.. I appreciate the story will highlight what some women go through and I hope we can all take that on board and help stamp out domestic violence! Shame the author must've felt compelled to americanise the story with things like cell phones, ball caps, college and the like. We are Australian and we are different .. Celebrate that!
  • Fake Australian book

    1
    By KizzyKat44
    This book, set in Australia, is inexplicably populated by characters who have grown up wholly American. There is a mom rather than a mum, they went to college not university, and their high school experience included the classic American trope of idolising the captain of the school football team. This is even more ludicrous when you consider that Rugby League is the code of football played in the part of Australia where the book is set. Rather than being ‘hunky’, the captain would have been ‘chunky’. The ideal body shape for a League player is like a “ride-on lawn mower – massive with a low centre of gravity”. One famous NRL player (Glenn Lazarus) had the nickname, ‘brick with eyes’. This is a wholly Americanised world where we have high school graduations (we don't), take Tylenol for headaches (a brand that doesn't exist here), and talk on cells (we call them mobiles). However it was when the abusive husband berated his wife as being as “scrawny as a prairie dog” that the author totally lost me. Why would he compare her to a critter only found in North America? At this point I stopped reading. For purely pecuniary interests (given the much larger North American market) this author has written a book that is so wholly Americanised one has to wonder why she set it in Australia in the first place. Why not plonk the whole shebang down in Portland, Oregon? There is NOTHING Australian about this book. This is a author who treats US readers as too dumb to understand a slightly different English-speaking culture and alienates local Aussie readers.
  • Cover your basics please

    1
    By BekahBek90
    Based in Australia, but spells Mum as Mom? I expect my books to at least have simple things like this correct. Makes the whole book lack credibility and insight if the author can't even get something as easy as spelling right.
  • Great first impression

    5
    By Hotaussiemum
    This is the first Chris Taylor book I have read. I couldn't put it down! A great read that keeps you guessing till the end!
  • Lazy writer - Facts need to be checked

    1
    By cbcory
    1. Australians say Mum, not Mom 2. No such car as a Toyota Magna. These are two separate cars 3. Needs to check the geography of the city they are writing about s ie nearest police station to North Shore is not the Sydney City police station. I could go on. Very predictable and boring storyline.
  • The Perfect Husband

    5
    By JennyD101
    The Perfect Husband first book in the new series by Chris Taylor Called the Sydney Harbour Hospital Series. I thought I would not like it because I loved the Munroe Family Series. However, after reading the first Chapter, I fell in love with the characters and the story. The theme of the book is how the characters handle social issues of domestic violence and how you can find love again. You will fall in love with Dr Mason Alexander and wish that he was your perfect husband. I recommend this book.
  • Brilliant!

    5
    By Kalita28
    Absolutely loved this book. Could not put it down. Vowed many times that I'd quit reading after that chapter and go to sleep. But no, not a chance. Each chapter left you with the need to know more. A must read!

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