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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pamela Lewis Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781436133135
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From the acclaimed author of Speak Softly, She Can Hear, a literary page-turner about a proper New England family and the dark secrets that undo them.

Pony Carteret — the lovely headstrong youngest member of the Carteret family — has always been a strong swimmer. So when she is discovered drowned at the family’s summer home on Lake Aral, Vermont, her red hair tangled in an anchor chain and her baby abandoned on shore, her family is stunned by disbelief.

As the police conduct their investigation, Jasper Carteret, the patriarch, calls an urgent family meeting. Had any of her siblings known that Pony would be at the house that day? Was she having personal problems, was she depressed? Had she ever revealed the true identity of her baby’s father? Neither sister — Tinker, the family caretaker, nor Mira, the moody, thoughtful one — has any information, and ultimately the police rule the drowning an accident.

But William Carteret, Pony’s older brother, can’t accept the explanation that his favorite sister’s death was an accident. Determined to uncover the truth, he eventually learns the disturbing fact that a stranger had been present at the house the evening Pony died. Who was this man, what was he doing at the house, and why hasn’t he stepped forward? As William digs deeper, his investigations quickly lead him to a new and more daunting series of questions, not only about the mysteries in Pony’s life but also about the shadowy details of his deceased mother’s past and even his own. Before long, he has opened a Pandora’s box of family secrets, including one dangerous fact his mother has kept hidden for a generation.

Pam Lewis’s Perfect Family is a masterful, atmospheric tale about the ways in which family secrets, no matter how long they’re buried, can wield their tremendous power.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It was compelling, and the characters are very real. There is, however, no "mystery" to it. Every surprise I saw coming a mile away. Since I read a lot of mysteries, I expect to have to figure things out. Then I thought I'm just being hard on the author because if she didn't intend for it to be a mystery, then it shouldn't be judged as such. Some things remain unbelievable however. For example, Olivia's sister Minerva knows nothing of the first baby Patrick. Why? Olivia would have to have kept the baby a secret knowing that one day she would run off with her second baby and leave her first baby behind. She would not have known that at the time of giving birth to her first child. It doesn't fit in. It's not as if her relationship with Larry was a secret to Minerva. I did enjoy reading the book in the sense that I couldn't wait to find time to read it, but I wish it had been more complex or mysterious. I knew from the moment that Keith inserts himself into their lives that he was the one at the house with Pony. I even knew due to the emails about incest that Keith is probably William's half-brother (at least) and he's Andrew's father. I kept waiting to be shocked, but it just kept turning out to be what I thought it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/10/2014

    " My second favorite non-classical book! I couldn't put this one down either and believe me, it's suspenseful! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/6/2014

    " In my opinion, it reminded me of a typical lifetime movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 karen | 2/3/2014

    " this is a super-low three. will someone tell me why i do it?? i have thousands of unread books here. thousands. and i choose to read a book from an author whose first book was eh. and why do i own it in hardcover?? why am i so impetuous?? why not choose a book from someone whose pedigree is better?? and now i have to go read library science book, so i cant even read anything better for at least 2 days. for a more pertinent review - this was mostly predictable and ludicrous, but i never wanted to throw it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/1/2014

    " This is the story of a wealthy family with secrets. The truth comes out when the youngest daughter drowns in the lake and her brother suspects it was not an accident. The family dynamics keep the story moving. A quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 1/29/2014

    " This is a crappy beach read, a nice palate cleanser amid classics and depressing novels. You'll figure out the entire plot within the first 2-3 chapters, but it's entertaining. Read this if you're looking for something mindless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nette | 1/8/2014

    " I like books about family secrets, but this one stretched credulity. By the end of the novel, my mouth was hanging open. Secrets on that level of hugeness could never have remained secret. An easy read, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlei | 1/1/2014

    " This genre isn't one that I typically read, hence the three stars. But if you like murder mystery, it was an easy read and well written. A little obvious with the foreshadowing, but good nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 12/4/2013

    " What could be better than a mystery with family secrets to entertain? This one held my interest well! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/30/2013

    " This was a book club selection. A decent read but not a great mystery. I felt like halfway through the book - everything was clear. The writing and family relationships saved the book for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 11/26/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book. The characters were interesting and drew me in. But towards the end the plot had too many holes to ignore. Big let down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Knapek | 11/1/2013

    " this is a murder mystery and VERY GOOD!!! Very suspenseful, the of course, it all comes together in the end. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/30/2013

    " This would have been five stars if the ending hadn't been so rushed. Good, compelling story...makes you want to keep going back & reading which is why it was a bummer to have such a "bad" ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Johnson | 10/25/2013

    " this was a okay read, first chapters not quite interesting but I do love a mystery so got caught in the story -although ver easy to figure out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Sarnowski | 5/10/2013

    " Read it in two days; couldn't put it down; disappointed with the ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha-carol | 2/20/2013

    " Good story, would have rated it a 3 and a half stars if I could have. I was able to predict parts of the story, so this made it a little less interesting to me, but a good read. First book to read by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Mccallum | 1/27/2013

    " Predictable-Figured out the mystery halfway through the book and the characters didn't interest me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 11/26/2012

    " Only ok. Took a long time to get to the point and not real interesting when it did. Convoulted and only slightly a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chandra Garza | 12/17/2011

    " Crazy incest and love that makes or breaks a family. This book had me wondering at first, but in the end, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/26/2011

    " This is a story about a family that lives in New England. When Pony, one of the daughters, dies, the rest of the family finds out the truth about the family, things that were never told. Was Pony murdered or was her death accidental? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/24/2011

    " started out slow, almost didn't pick it up again, but then it sucked me in and I finished it in one afternoon in my hammock. No great suprise ending, but it was an enjoyable way to spend a summer afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi/Judith | 1/9/2011

    " Review will follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/18/2010

    " Patriarchal family, 4 adult offspring, tragedy befalls one of them, turns the family upside down, an old family secret comes to the surface. Some of it was unrealistic but I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meega17 | 2/19/2009

    " BEST ONE I'VE READ IN A LONG TIME. FAMILT WITH SECRETS AT THE LAKE HOUSE. SMOOTH WRITING, GREAT CHARACTERS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 11/2/2008

    " This was a perfectly entertaining book, if fairly predictable. However, I really felt like I needed a shower after I finished. Incest? Yuck! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/7/2008

    " From the outside they look like the perfect family, but inside they are filled with secrets. I enjoyed this book and discovering all the secrets. I will admit I did guess one of the secrets early on, but I still enjoyed the story. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.