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 Lupton
Zoe 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Multiple points of view and a 24-hour time frame make for a taut thriller. Zoe Maisey, a teenage musical virtuoso with a dark past, tries to start over with her mother. But a sudden trauma blows up her plans. How does an adolescent brain cope with and recover from disaster? The Perfect Girl examines a mind under duress and dives into compelling issues surrounding blended families, infidelity, and domestic violence.
Piano prodigy Zoe Maisey, the 17-year-old heroine of this cunningly plotted psychological thriller from Thriller Award finalist Macmillan (What She Knew), and her devoted mother, Maria, have against all odds started a promising second act in Bristol, England, after a night in Devon three years earlier that shattered Zoe's life and snuffed out those of a trio of other teens. Maria has married wealthy entrepreneur Chris Kennedy, and Zoe now has a baby half sister, Grace. All is well until a piano recital brings the past roaring back with devastating consequences. Unfortunately, Zoe and Maria aren't the only ones with secrets, and what they don't know about Chris and his brooding teenage son, Lucas, just might prove their undoing. As the suspenseful, serpentine tale unreels from the alternating perspectives of several key players, readers will be rooting for the resilient, resourceful Zoe all the way to the perfectly executed final twists.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Pretty good. Had a hard time getting into it but glad I read it through.
The book was so intriguing at the start. It was easy to get into, and the characters were wonderful. That ending though...huge letdown. It’s almost as if the author gave up on trying to continue this incredibly detailed store. Overall, the ending ruined the whole thing for me.
Started off strong but...
Disappointed. The main plot twist becomes obvious and all goes downhill from there. The beginning was good but the end was rushed.