Novella Review: Perfect Family by H. Lovelyn Bettison

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I’m pretty sure I just read an episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. Perfect Family is a paranormal contemporary quick read.

Sadie is a typical working mom and wife. She has a great husband, Kevin, and wonderful young son, Marcus, and even a non-trouble-making dog. For the past six years, life has been smooth and Sadie content. However, it has not always been that way and it may not remain this simple much longer. Sadie has been hiding a major secret regarding her son, and now she must deal with the consequences as it all comes out.

While I was drawn in to the story by Marcus’ intriguing character and abilities, it was difficult to stay involved. It’s a wonder Sadie and Kevin have stayed married, as both react childishly in many situations with their instinct nearly always being to run away from their problems. Their reactions to the strange situation they find themselves in is surprisingly limited. They only question the oddities around them for a short time, and quickly settle into an easy acceptance of something impossible.

Perfect Family was intriguing, but I felt it only partially delivered on high expectations set in the opening chapters. The story idea is good and the characters are accessible if somewhat shallow. Were this a longer work, I fear it would not have held my attention. It is not, however, so that really does not matter. It did hold my attention for the short duration, and it was a bearable combination of emotion-driven women’s lit and intriguing science fiction.


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