T To say that was a real page turner would be an understatement for me. The Perfect Girl is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Zoe Maisey and her Second Chance Family. Chris was innocent of murder. At seventeen she has served her time and her mother Maria plans the perfect comeback--a piano recital. Tonight is mean't to be the culmination of Zoe's life resurrection, performing a musical with her brother in law Lucas. While this is not uncommon being compared to big name books it does heighten my expectations.
. Yet my inner self cries out for it and i'm left feeling dissatisfied despite understanding that this is how real life is. A damning charge for anyone, even more so for a fourteen-year-old who should never have been behind the wheel in the first place and swears blind she never knowingly consumed excessive alcohol. The plans for redemption come to a halt when the father of one of Zoe's victims storms in and confronts her in front of the entire crowd. There are Well it's certainly a high three stars.
The author brilliantly creates her characters and slowly builds tension and suspense, leaving readers on the edge of their seats with their every move. The second time without interruptions, I was immediately pulled into the story. It also means the book lives or dies by what it delivers. So the family fitted together like they were meant to be. This one centres around Zoe, a teenage piano prodigy, a victim of bullying at her expensive private school - and also a convicted killer.
There are a lot of issues dealt with in the story: teenage drinking, drunk driving, infidelity, and murder and the questions raised will give you pause to think. Also, while I praise the author for creating an intriguing story within such a small timeframe, it also seemed to hinder the story a bit. He won't tell them what it's about, but he insists that it's urgent that they read it. How do sisters relate as adults? What mistake had she made that completely changed her life and who she was. Six hours later her mother is dead.
The Perfect Girl is a sharp insight into how damaging the bond between a parent and child simply trying to do their best for each other can be. Chris was never told of Zoe's past run-in with the law and the unexpected reveal threatens to destroy their second chance at life. Full disclosure: I didn't much like either of those, and so it's not all that surprising that this one didn't grip me either. See naked hot babes posing kinky and enjoying the perfect porn while they scream of passion and reach insane orgasms. After Act I, we don't get another glimpse of the script for 217 pages.
I thought it was an important twist for Lucas to listen to her. Gilly Macmillan has a knack for drawing you in where you feel like a fly on the wall, watching the family drama play out before your eyes. This was a Traveling Sister read. Often this can get confusing, I know, but Macmillan handles it very well and her character development is incredibly thorough so that you want to know what each one is thinking and doing.
I found this book compelling. The timeframe of Sunday night through to Monday morning is placed under a microscopic spotlight as Macmillan delivers a blow by blow account of the drama that unfolds, allowing glimpses into Zoe's past to drip feed through to form a clearer picture of just what has brought her and the ever supportive Maria to this point. The writing was snappy and concise and flowed very well. In Zoe's eyes her honesty was never rewarded in the ensuing trial, reflecting just how flawed the justice system can be.
Everything else fades away when she is performing. Not hearing from step-father Chris but merely observing his brooding menace as he struts around his perfect home emphasises the threat that he poses over the fragile calm that holds court in Zoe and Maria's Second Life. This book sucked me in from the very beginning. In her other life, Zoe was convicted of having caused the death of their teenagers. Not the author's fault, I know, but there you are. This title will be released on September 6, 2016.