The Perfect Girl

The Perfect Girl

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

4.25 Second chance stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Blurb

To everyone who knows her now, Zoe Maisey – child genius, musical sensation – is perfect. Yet several years ago, Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time. And now she’s free.

Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life.

By midnight, her mother is dead.

The Perfect Girl is an intricate exploration into the mind of a teenager burdened by brilliance. It’s a story about the wrongs in our past not letting go and how hard we must fight for second chances.

Review

The perfect daughter… The perfect mother… The perfect second chance family… but what is it that we say?

if something seems too good to be true, it probably is…

This book sucked me in from the very beginning…. it was a very fast-paced, page turning read, because I just needed to know what was going to happen with this family….

The structure of this book was brilliant… told from alternating points of view… alternating between events before and after the murder…. this book was like an onion, with those layers slowly being peeled off(But I don’t like onions and I liked this book quite a bit)….

Zoe the main female protagonist in this book evoked so much sympathy from me…. Zoe made a mistake, a pretty big mistake…. her dad can’t handle it, so he leaves mom to pick up the pieces…. mom’s way of coping with it is to pretend it never happened, and turn Zoe into the perfect girl…. so now Zoe and Maria have the perfect second chance family, filled with all kinds of secrets….

Can’t give you much more than that, because I’d give it all away….

As you can tell this book started with a definite BANG, but unfortunately it ended with a bit of a poof…. not to say I was not completely satisfied with the ending, it just was a little lackluster…. there was also a plotline in this book, that I’m not entirely sure of the purpose of, but I did enjoy that part of the book, so it wasn’t for nothing….

I absolutely recommend this to all psychological thriller lovers…. it is a quick read, with an interesting structure, and unquestionably keeps you guessing….

This was a Traveling Sister read…. always so fun reading books like this with the girls, all of us trying to figure out what is really going on, it can be amusing at times….

🎧🎧🎧 audio book narration, this was a dual narrator situation, my fave!

Penelope Rawlins 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I just love her posh English accent, and even though V has destroyed my image that all people in the UK speak like this, I still like to believe! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart🌟🌟🌟🌟
First of all imagine having to learn to spell that name in kindergarten! Good narration, just spoke a little quicker than Penelope, so it wasn’t seamless, and truth be told I did like her narration better…

Enjoy,

Berit

Little Liar

Little Liar

Little Liar by Clare Boyd

4 Page turning stars for the book🌟2 stars for the blurb🌟🌟

Blurb

The perfect family… or the perfect lie?

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbour would do: she calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe.

Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma’s picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services.

As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she’s been keeping.

But who has Rosie been confiding in when Gemma’s back is turned? And why has she lied to the police?

When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she finds a little pink diary containing a truth even more devastating than the lie…

Review

This book was very good, kept me turning those pages to see what was going to happen next…. although I would classify this more as a domestic thriller rather than a psychological thriller…. The book did a fantastic job touching on family dynamics….

Gamma was such a relatable character, living out every mothers nightmare…. as a Mom myself, I know there have been times I’ve thought to myself ~I hope nobody was walking by hearing my child scream like that, they’d probably call the authorities~….. well this is what happens to Gamma when her nosy neighbor Mira calls the authorities, after hearing 10-year-old Rosie screaming at night…..

Rosie quite honestly is every mothers nightmare as well…. I have a daughter who has some sass, but things that came out of Rosie’s mouth and her actions were so cringe worthy…. I seriously wanted to reach into the pages and smack the girl myself, she just was a piece of work that girl!

Mira has some major issues of her own…. The woman is so miserable and she has a husband who brings her champagne and chocolate while she is in the bath….who does this? So miserable Mira with the doting husband takes it upon herself to save bratty Rosie…..

Really felt awful for Gamma she was a good person just trying to be a good mother and just put into such a horrible situation…. she did have a pretty good support system with her husband, her mother and her best friend, but even their faith in her dwindles at times….

My only problem with this book was the ending…. there were some lessons to be learned, because lots of things went sideways because people were lying…. also nobody suffered any consequences in the end from behaving badly…. it was a little too much of a fairytale ending with a slight twist….

I would absolutely recommend this to people who enjoy a good domestic drama filled thriller with well-developed characters….

PS: the blurb….. don’t read the blurb….. it really has nothing to do with the book, and it mentions something that happens well after 60 percent of the book is over…. I often wonder who writes the blurbs for these books? Because this blurb does not fit this book…. and it is a good book that deserves a better blurb!

*** i’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review***

Enjoy,

Berit