The Perfect Couple
In this masterful suspense novel, which will appeal to fans of 'Gone Girl', it's clear that the truth is not always what it seems. There are secrets in every marriage . . . and some are more dangerous than others.Sarah and Marco Moretti are the perfect couple. Together they have travelled the globe building high-profile careers as archaeologists. Now, at a dig in Florence, they are on the brink of the discovery of a lifetime.However their marriage is not what it seems.On the very evening that Sarah uncovers the San Gennaro necklace – a long-lost antiquity that will bring them worldwide fame - she witnesses Marco kissing another woman. Blinded by tears, she drives home alone in the dead of night . . .When Sarah wakes up in hospital, she has no memory of the car accident that brought her there - or the 48 hours preceding it.Gone is the knowledge of her husband’s infidelity. But gone too is all recollection of finding the precious necklace.And the loss of those two crucial memories will have devastating repercussions…"Memory can be the difference between love and hate, survival and death, forgiveness and revenge."

The Perfect Couple Details

TitleThe Perfect Couple
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 28th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Random House Australia
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Crime

The Perfect Couple Review

  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A drama told from four family member's viewpoints, Lexi Landsman's THE PERFECT COUPLE is an interesting title choice for a book that's about anything but the perfect couple. As the blurb explains, Sarah and Marco Moretti have travelled the world together as part of their joint work as archaeologists. In Florence this time, they are searching for the famous San Gennaro necklace, once thought lost at sea, it's been an obsession of Marco's for many years. Sarah's discovery of the necklace at the si A drama told from four family member's viewpoints, Lexi Landsman's THE PERFECT COUPLE is an interesting title choice for a book that's about anything but the perfect couple. As the blurb explains, Sarah and Marco Moretti have travelled the world together as part of their joint work as archaeologists. In Florence this time, they are searching for the famous San Gennaro necklace, once thought lost at sea, it's been an obsession of Marco's for many years. Sarah's discovery of the necklace at the site of their dig, late at night, on her own, triggers a series of events that sees the family rapidly unravel and the veneer of perfection wash away.As the story alternates between each character you're right inside their heads, seeing all of the events from their various viewpoints. After the necklace is found, Sarah and her husband agree to put it in the safe at the dig site, but as Sarah drives home that night, she witnesses Marco kissing another woman, and ends up in a car accident that wipes all memories of recent events. She has no idea why or how, but the necklace has also gone missing, but that's nothing compared to what starts to happen within the family as the search for it heats up.As with all these sorts of in the character's head styled books, the reader is confronted with some tricky undertakings. In THE PERFECT COUPLE, Marco is obviously far from perfect - in fact he's a bit of a creep, and Sarah seems to play the victim really well. Then there's the deceitful son, and the daughter who is dragged into the mess in the worst possible way. As each narrative viewpoint switches, the reader is forced into the position of trying to decide who is telling the truth, who is believable, who can be supported or barracked for if you like. The other problem with this sort of narrative style is that there can be a feeling of repetition as events are sometimes recounted by more than one person.It's a brave move by Landsman as it's a tricky undertaking to carry the various viewpoints forward, place the reader into the heads of some complicated and not always sympathetic characters, and keep the momentum of the plot that has that need to consider things from multiple people's points of view. There's also that issue of the cheating husband, and the wife who is seemingly in denial, and seemingly passive about the worst excesses of Marco's behaviour - professional and personal. Needless to say Marco's a prat and frankly it was hard to feel anything much in the way of sympathy or even concern about his precious professional reputation - what with him having staked everything on finding that necklace. Obviously sympathy here is meant to lie with Sarah, who may be a lot stronger than it initially seems, same with the son who is leading his own double life, and has a few barbs to fire at his own father into the bargain.As with all of these styles of books though, a reader's connection and like or dislike of the novel is going to depend absolutely on a feeling of connection with somebody in this story. You're going to have to spend a bit of time in their heads after all and there's nothing more tricky if you can't stand any of them. It will be interesting to see how THE PERFECT COUPLE is received overall.https://www.austcrimefiction.org/revi...
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  • Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-paced thriller that kept me reading late into the night. Full of suspense and secrets, with unexpected twists and turns. One of the best books I've read in a long time!
  • AngelaCipri
    January 1, 1970
    On the very evening that Sarah uncovers the San Gennaro necklace – a long-lost antiquity that will bring them worldwide fame - she witnesses Marco kissing another woman. Blinded by tears, she drives home alone in the dead of night . . .When Sarah wakes up in hospital, she has no memory of the car accident that brought her there - or the 48 hours preceding it.Great thriller, really enjoyed the book!!!
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  • Therese
    January 1, 1970
    I love nothing more than a book that I can't put down, one that I look forward to reading and that I'll stay up late in order to find out what happens next. This is exactly what 'The Perfect Couple' embodied for me. The characters were intriguing, and the setting of Italy with its rich history was the ideal location... as much a character as any of the others within the book. A real page turner that is thrilling, mysterious and beautifully written. As you read through the pages, you'll feel like I love nothing more than a book that I can't put down, one that I look forward to reading and that I'll stay up late in order to find out what happens next. This is exactly what 'The Perfect Couple' embodied for me. The characters were intriguing, and the setting of Italy with its rich history was the ideal location... as much a character as any of the others within the book. A real page turner that is thrilling, mysterious and beautifully written. As you read through the pages, you'll feel like an archeologist yourself as you gradually peel away the layers to uncover the truth. I highly recommend this new novel by Lexi Landsman, it is highly entertaining!
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  • Kim Klamer
    January 1, 1970
    Best book I've read in ages. Loved the story line, characters and the exotic locations described in the book. Really easy to read and a real page turner. Highly recommended!
  • Lynn Shakenovsky
    January 1, 1970
    I was hooked from the first page. This psychological thriller has so many unexpected twists and turns that it kept me guessing until the last page. I read it in two sittings! I strongly recommend this brilliant book.
  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    Fame, family, lust and limelight. The Perfect Couple sees archaeologists Marco and Sarah Moretti make the discovery of a lifetime; the San Gennaro necklace, once thought lost undersea is found only to be lost again in the most suspicious of circumstances. Shortly after the discovery Marco had been working towards for the better part of a decade, his wife is involved in a car accident and has no recollection of the discovery nor does she remember seeing her husband in the arms of another woman on Fame, family, lust and limelight. The Perfect Couple sees archaeologists Marco and Sarah Moretti make the discovery of a lifetime; the San Gennaro necklace, once thought lost undersea is found only to be lost again in the most suspicious of circumstances. Shortly after the discovery Marco had been working towards for the better part of a decade, his wife is involved in a car accident and has no recollection of the discovery nor does she remember seeing her husband in the arms of another woman on that fateful night. Given the couple hadn't gone public with their find, the decision to hide the necklace at the dig site until morning proves to be fatal - and not just for Marco's career, as come morning the necklace is gone, and Sarah is in hospital. The Perfect Couple reads like a family drama with some nicely placed criminal elements delicately dropped into the lives of the Moretti family; a dangerous cat among the pigeons. I particularly enjoyed this family drama dynamic, notably the way Daniel (Marco's son) interacted with his father, which in turn, gave the book more depth and complimented the darker side of the story. My rating: 3/5 stars. An enjoyable read for the most part, however the story did feel a little repetitive at times, but this is a minor gripe. The use of multiple points of view was a good move and provided the reader an insight into the characters, in turn generating a more well rounded feel to the story. Review first appeared on my blog: http://justaguywholikes2read.blogspot...
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  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars for meThe last few chapters have some great unexpected reveals.
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