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The Perfect Couple (The Last Stand #4)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  945 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
One afternoon in May, Zoe Duncan's thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing from her own backyard. The police think Samantha ran away because she's unhappy about her mother's upcoming marriage—but Zoe doesn't believe it. In fact, she's willing to do anything to bring Sam home, even if it means losing her job, her beautiful home, her fiancé. Even if it means divulging all he ...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Mira (first published January 1st 2009)
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Oct 13, 2009 jenjn79 rated it it was ok
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
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Nov 13, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Novak and I don't think it'll be my last. The Perfect Couple is the first book in a 3 book series. It's a touchy subject, being mostly about the kidnap and torture of teenage children. It was an emotional roller-coaster for me as the reader with many ups, downs and quick twists.

This isn't one of those where you're constantly trying to figure out who the bad guy is. You already know right from the start who he is. The suspense part comes in with wondering when everyone el
Feb 17, 2010 willaful rated it liked it
Shelves: bye, skanky-villains
A pretty good story, well paced and suspenseful, though quite light on the romance. I was kind of intrigued by the backstory of the heroine, Zoe, a somewhat lost and downtrodden young mother with a history of unsuccessful relationships. As the story begins, she is trying to get ahead in life through marriage to a wealthy man and unfortunately, we never do get a chance to see whether she will pull her life together on her own.

But my biggest complaint is that everyone in the story is so gullible a
Oct 16, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Colin and his wife, Tiffany are the perfect couple. They are nice, thoughtful and ready and willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Well that is what they want you to think.

Zoe Duncan came home to discover her daughter, Samantha missing. Zoe contacts the authorities but they aren’t taking her serious at this time. Even Zoe’s boyfriend believes Sam ran away. Zoe has a mother’s instinct and she feels it in her heart that something terrible has happened to her daughter.

Jonathan Stivers is a p
Nov 30, 2015 Meigan rated it really liked it
I love a good lunatic, and this book had a nice pair of 'em.

Zoe Duncan's 13 year old daughter, Sam, goes missing. Zoe and her fiance are beside themselves and immediately contact the police. There are no leads. Skye from the Last Stand charity (Skye was introduced in a previous Last Stand novel, Trust Me) contacts Jonathan Stivers, a PI involved with the charity, to help Zoe find her daughter. Still no leads. Colin and Tiffany Bell are the "perfect" neighbors, and Colin immediately rushes to Zo
May 03, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it

After being raped at the age of 15, Zoe couldn't imagine what could happen to her daughter 13 years later in the nice suburbs she managed to get in.
Zoe was always poor. Her mom left when she was a newborn, and her father took care of her as much as an addict and sometimes drug dealer could. She got pregnant at 15 when she was raped in her dad's trailer by a junky. She kept her baby, and fought to raise her good. Now she' engaged to a nice and good man and is finally able to provide her daught
Sep 11, 2009 Colleen rated it really liked it
As a parent, this book was so disturbing. Unfortunately, it's about something that could happen to anyone (and I think it did a good job bringing that point to light). The evil villians in this book (the perfect couple) were just plain sick. Novak did an excellent job putting you in their heads. What a bunch of whack jobs! Unfortunately, it just proves that people you think are normal on the outside are the worst child predators.

I enjoyed the relationship between Jonathan and Zoe. They didn't r
Joan Harris
Apr 27, 2016 Joan Harris rated it did not like it
Too gory
To describe this book in one word? Disturbing! Not an easy book, especially for those with children. The villians are downright creepy. The romance wasn't what I had hoped for and left me a little dissatisified at the end. I can only hope the future books revisit them and let us know how they are doing. But it still grabbed me and held on to see the outcome.
Mar 10, 2016 Marianchu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra buena historia de la serie Ángeles Vengadores. Me ha gustado mucho como se ha ido enrevesando la historia e incluso hay un momento en el que no le ves solución y al final la autora consigue darle un desenlace a la altura de la trama.
A destacar una vez más la mente pérfida y retorcida de los malos.
Mi puntuación 8.
Este libro me sorprendió mucho. Es intenso y hay que hacer un par de recreos para soportar tanta crueldad, pero sin dudas, no se puede abandonar.
Una característica de Novak es que no le tiembla la mano a la hora de escribir escenas fuertes. Lo que quiere que pase, pasa. No hay amagues.
De todos los libros de este género, este quizás es el más polémico. No es un escándalo, para nada, pero puede ser una lectura un poco fuerte para muchas.
Ahora, si quieren suspenso, lo tienen. A pesar de que ya sabe
Jun 13, 2014 Nicole rated it it was ok
Knowing who the bad guys were from the very beginning, thus having no mystery, made this book really boring. From about page 100, all I could think was 'For the love of God, just figure it out already." It didn't help that it had an irritantly convoluted plot. Oh, and the main female lead is an idiot(seriously, most of the book consisted of me thinking "Zoe, you are an idiot). The freaking freindzone (gag) angst and relationship angst were annoying. So. Very. Annoying.

Also, Novak really tried to
Oct 03, 2015 Marcy rated it it was amazing
I almost didn't read this book after reading some bad reviews on Amazon, but I'm glad I trusted in Brenda Novak's ability to write an amazing story. This book was so suspenseful and thought provoking. It takes you inside a dysfunctional, murderous relationship and helps you to see why a woman might stay in that situation. You really see what happens in the head of a psychopathic murderer. If you enjoy suspenseful novels, DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP! If you're looking for a syrupy romance, you might ...more
Pat Cromwell
Aug 14, 2009 Pat Cromwell rated it really liked it
It was so good that I not only have the paperback but I also purchased the ebook. The only reason I didn't give it a five star is because I never give five stars. From the very first line this book steam rolls to the last. At the end of the first chapter I was giddy! This book is by far the best of the Last Stand series. The good news is book 5 and 6 are scheduled for Sept and Oct of 2009 for release.

As I read it I was shocked - literally - that it is a MIRA Book. This is the kind of book that
Dec 21, 2009 Cindi rated it really liked it
The Perfect Couple is a Last Stand book where we get to learn more about the P.I., Jonathan Stivers, who volunteers his time there and has been crushin' on LS partner, Sheridan, in previous installments. Now that Sheridan is married he is having a difficult time continuing to work with her; she, on the other hand, doesn't realize his more than friends feelings and has been repeatedly trying to set up time together with her new hubby. Luckily, LS partner, Skye, sends him out to help an acquaintan ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars Short on suspense and heavy on romance, December 5, 2009

This review is from: The Perfect Couple (The Last Stand) (Mass Market Paperback)
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This was a fast-paced but predictable thriller with way too much romance for me. I liked the premise: attractive young couple next door as murdering pair of psychos -- but the whole angle involving the "love at first glance" bit between the mother of the kidnapped girl and the private
Suzanne Barrett
Mar 21, 2011 Suzanne Barrett rated it it was amazing
I admit to being a huge Brenda Novak fan, so reviewing her books is definitely a pleasure and not a chore. In her latest Last Stand book, Ms. Novak delves into the psyche of her antagonists, particularly the character Tiffany.

The Perfect Couple is different in that the reader knows who the villains are by the end of the first chapter. The how and why make for very interesting reading, and it is the probing the depths of Tiffany's persona that is most intriguing. ( Tiffany will remind you of the
Elle (Ligia)
I'm not really sure how to rate this book just yet.

The Perfect Couple was good as it was disturning. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, not when you're writing from the bad guy's point of view. And let me tell you, he was a twisted son of a bee! Just remembering it gives me the creeps!

The suspense was big, it kept me on the edge of my seat all through the end. God, I was freaking out. Majorly! The romance was there too, and it was enough to keep me going, that's for sure. Without it I would
Kelly Moran
Oct 19, 2009 Kelly Moran rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
*NOTE: This was reviewed for the Amazon Vine program and not for Bookpleasures.

Author Brenda Novak is a New York Times best-selling author, with her books receiving critical acclaim and enthusiastic responses from readers. When she’s not writing, she’s working on her annual diabetes fundraiser. She resides in Sacramento with her husband and five children.
A mother faces her greatest fear and a detective faces his hardest case. Zoe Duncan’s thirteen-year-old daughter went missing from her own ba
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Dec 15, 2014 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it

"One afternoon in May, Zoe Duncan's thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing from her own backyard. The police think Samantha ran away because she's unhappy about her mother's upcoming marriage - but Zoe doesn't believe it. In fact, she's willing to do anything to bring Sam home, even if it means losing her job, her beautiful home, her fiancé. Even if it means divulging all her secrets to a private investigator.

Jonathan Stivers is a P.I. who donates his time to The Last Stand, a victims' c
Dec 28, 2015 Kapria rated it really liked it
This was a great suspense story. Now, if you're looking for more romance than suspense, then I would suggest you read the first three books of the last stand series. The Perfect Couple is more focused on the plot than it is with the cheesy romance, and while that was a complaint for some of the readers on here, I found it quite refreshing. The story was centered around finding out what happened to Zoe's daughter, and it did just that. Since the time frame of this story was a week and maybe a hal ...more
Mar 26, 2013 Sandhya rated it did not like it
I would just say one word for the book - depressing!!
I started the book and stopped it after 10 chapters...its very disturbing!! The characters of Colin and Tiffany - which we know from first are the bad characters - are just disturbed characters. It really freaked me out.....after reading one of Colin's or Tiffany's earlier pov chapter! I wanted to stop it then but, thought may be when the characters of Zoe and Jonathan will be introduced, the book might be good, also wanted to read Jon's roman
Jul 08, 2012 Gay rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me,and I THINK I liked it, but, after two years as I attempt to rate and review this book, I remember ABSOLUTLEY nothing about it. I went to the book site, and read all the reader reviews hoping that something would trigger my memory, but I have no recollection of having read it at all. Could it be that I am just getting so old that my memory fails me, or could it be that the book was so bland as to leave no lasting memory in my mind? I cannot say which it is, howeve ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Glenajo rated it it was amazing
One day in May, 13 year old Samantha Duncan goes missing from her own backyard. During the following days, Zoe's life falls apart around her as she hunts for her only child. Jonathan Stivers, a detective who donates time to the Last Stand, a victims charity, tires to find Samantha, knowing that each hour lessens the chances for a safe recovery. Each is struggling with other life problems, while riding the roller coaster of looking for a lost child. The next door neighbors, who seem to lead the p ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
If you love romantic suspense with tons of drama, you'll love the 4th installment in the Last Stand series. When Zoe Duncan's daughter is missing, her life is turned upside-down, and her secrets will be exposed. It's up to Jon Stivers from the Last Stand, a private investigator who's in love with Sheridan and assigned to the case, when he's on the scene. Little did he know, that he would fall in love with Zoe at the same time. During that one week, her world have been turned apart, when she dump ...more
Barbara ★
Zoe Duncan is frantic. Her teenage daughter has disappeared without a trace. PI Jonathan Stivers is immediately on the case and clueless. Luckily (or unluckily) the reader knows who the culprit is right from the beginning. It's usually a good thing to have insight into the killer but this guy is creep city. He is a nasty piece of work and getting worse by the day. The tension racks up and the surprises (both good and bad) follow. This is an amazing book but then again, I've never read anything b ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f
This one is a bit too dark for me. The story seems to focus mainly on the villains and they are fuuuuuucked up. I decided to stop reading and check out a few reviews, but they seem to indicate that things don't get much better. And apparently the romance is pretty much non-existent. So this is not for me.
Melanie Chabrol-
Apr 21, 2012 Melanie Chabrol- rated it really liked it
who,what,where,when,why and how... that is what any good authors focuses on so we can't put it down.
This time Brenda Novak told us the whole story and we found out from the very beginning the entire plot but it was amazing how Sacremento police and PI Jonathan Stivers figured out what really happened to Sam Duncan.
It all started when Sam Duncan's single mother started dating Anton and wanted the best for her daughter and accepted his proposal not only did they have to relocate but she had to giv
Tonya Dean
Jan 27, 2010 Tonya Dean rated it liked it
This book was hard for me to read. I have a 12 year old daughter and this brings up nightmares of all the bad things that can happen, that I would like to pretend never do. But it is good to be reminded every once in a while. It does give you an insight into a very sick relationship and how it got started. The author really makes you see them. It reminds you that people who seem perfectly normal could be totally different behind closed doors. I really didn't like the relationship that developed ...more
Rebecca Hollingsworth

She does it again, in this gripping story about kidnapped children and crazy adults. The author has the ability to get you started on a book and keep you reading every word until the very last!
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