How far would you go to create the perfect life?
About the Book
Publisher’s description: Grace Dwyer has it all – handsome husband, adorable child, beautiful home and glittering career. The perfect life. Her new friend Juliette doesn’t exactly fit in. She’s a down-on-her-luck single parent with no money and not much hope. So just what is it that draws Grace and Juliette together? And when the cracks start to appear in Grace’s perfect life, can both of them survive?
My Review (spoiler free)
Seemingly Gracie has the perfect life. She’s a celebrity cook and successful businesswoman. She lives in a designer house with her handsome husband and beautiful little girl. But Gracie’s “perfect” life is starting to unravel. Juliette definitely has anything but the perfect life. She has money problems, is a little bit too fond of a drink and is struggling to bring up her daughter alone following a messy relationship.
The unfolding events are recounted from the points of view of Gracie and Juliette and an unnamed third narrator (the latter through diary entries). I thought the author did a good job of creating distinctive voices for Gracie and Juliette and revealing different aspects of their characters as the book progressed. Gradually, the connections between Gracie, Juliette and the unnamed diarist are revealed resulting in a satisfyingly clever twist at the end. I did guess part of the twist but not all. An entertaining read.
I received an advance review copy courtesy of NetGalley and publishers, Harper Collins, in return for an honest review.
Book facts: 392 pages, publication date 23rd February 2017
My rating: 4 out of 5
In three words: Entertaining, mystery, thriller
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About the Author
Sam read modern languages at Cambridge University and, after a brief spell in advertising she joined the BBC as a General Trainee. She worked as a documentary maker for twenty years and was one of the commissioners for the launch of BBC Four. Quicksilver, her first novel for children, was published in 2010. Since then she has published a sequel to Quicksilver and two crime thrillers for teenagers. She has been shortlisted for several prestigious prizes and nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal for her YA thrillers. Her Perfect Life is Sam’s debut psychological thriller for adults. Author Website
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