The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

I’m always drawn in by Pretty Little Liars (which I still need to get my hands on!) and loved reading The Lying Game. So, when I spotted this little Sara Shepard gem on the library shelf I just knew I had to give it a go.

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five Girls — Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker — know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke… until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

This book had a great mystery narrative from the beginning which had me hooked straight away. It was off putting, as in I was led down so many routes it was hard to discover the truth on my own. This is the kind of detective style I love to sink my teeth into – and this book definitely delivered.

As promised, this book gave a new twist at every turn. The plot contortions that were being conducted throughout this book was intense. I meant I was constantly second guessing what had happened and who had done. Every time I thought I’d figured it, another spanner was thrown in the work. Very well done, I must say.

I liked the five different girls and I was was interested in each of their stories. I thought they were different and liked learning more and more about each one. I really appreciated the varied narrative. It was great and although it took a bit of getting used to at first, after I found it was wondeful.

I did feel that the police scenes were pulled straight out other Sara Shepard books and found it hard to shake. The scenes almost lifted. It had the right ambiance though.

The writing style flowed easily and found it such a quick book to get through. There was no jaunty parts, a seamless read that was so captivating I had to immediately download the next book. It couldn’t be left like that!


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