The Perfect Girl

The Perfect Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew returns with an electrifying new novel about how the past will always find us..."Literary suspense at its finest."— Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby"A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters - for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it's a must read." — Rosamund LuptonZoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same. Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead. In the aftermath, everyone— police, family, Zoe's former solicitor, and Zoe herself— tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9780062476753
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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redoute
Oct 23, 2017

I loved this book. It's not perfect, and my second paragraph contains spoilers, as I discuss the flaws. But it is a well-plotted mystery, with well developed, mostly likable characters.
Spoiler alert -about to discuss important plot points.
A good defense attorney couldhave easily discredited the two hostile witnesses who sent her to prison.
The biological mother was caught in the same trap many women fall into. It's not usually because they are bad mothers or greedy, but frequently is because many women's choices are limited.
The stepfather was written off too easily as a bad, evil man. It's rarely that simple. These men frequently have their own, untreated mental health issues. Which is not to excuse or forgive his actions.
But this is a very widespread problem that is going untreated because so much guilt and shame is attached to EVERYONE in this situation.
This problem needs much, much more attention, and stigmatizing those in this situation doesn't help,

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KiraBoyko
Aug 06, 2017

This is an easy read with fun plot twists that keep you entertained throughout the book.

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matcat44
Mar 23, 2017

What a sad, depressing book, I didn't want to finish it.

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KatG613
Mar 04, 2017

This book fits neatly into the post Gone Girl suburban thriller genre, with plot twists and surprises... At least it's trying for surprise. In truth this book is fairly predictable and would greatly benefit from some editing. My rating for this book would definitely go up if it were 100 pages shorter. It's a fine shallow read, but don't expect to be blown away.

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brittbrew_
Feb 20, 2017

I really liked the short chapters in this book and how it went from one character to another. It made for a short and compelling read.

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JMFreads
Feb 02, 2017

This novel was a very quick read that was good, but not great. The characters were not very complex. Certainly not missing much if you pass this one up.

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vancouverville
Feb 01, 2017

Though the mystery doesn't surface until close to the end, the story was completely absorbing. The story is told from the view point of several characters, which adds to the mystery, since there's some doubt as to who's telling the truth. I read it quickly - partly because it was a Fast Read. Great reading if you're on a long plane ride or at poolside.

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natashanicole2011
Dec 19, 2016

I enjoyed this book, it truly was a page turner. In the end however, I was really disappointed about who the killer turned out to be.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

When English piano prodigy Zoe was 14, she was involved in an accident that killed three classmates. Trying to start over after she serves time, she gets a second chance at 17 when she and her mother, Maria, move to Bristol and Maria remarries. But when Zoe's past comes to light in a very public manner, Maria ends up dead. Unfolding over the course of 24 hours, The Perfect Girl is told from multiple perspectives, including Zoe, her stepbrother, and her stepdad -- both of whom have secrets of their own -- as well as the lawyer who originally defended Zoe. While "who killed Maria?" is definitely the center of the story, it's also a twisty contemplation of justice.

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mjk236sb
Sep 16, 2016

Very enjoyable book - liked the story being told from different voices. Once I got started it was hard to put down, well worth the time.

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