Review: The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

The Perfect Girl
by Gilly Macmillan

The Perfect Girl

Copyright: 2016

Pages: 464

Read: Aug. 1 –26, 2017

Rating: 3/5

Source: Barnes & Noble’s Serial Reads

 


Blurb
: 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.

Unfolding over a span of twenty-four hours through three compelling narratives, The Perfect Girl is gripping, surprising, and emotionally complex—a richly layered look at loyalty, second chances, and the way secrets unravel us all.


Review: I was excited to see this as August’s selection on Barnes & Noble’s Serial Reads (especially after not being at all interested in July’s selection…). I had never read anything by Ms. Macmillan, but I do have What She Knew on my shelf. So I was eager to jump right into this one!!

Overall, I enjoyed the book. But I did have some issues with it. First, there was all this build-up to the climax and then I was ultimately let down. I mean, you have all these people telling the story how they saw it and then you just end it with a brief mention of an arrest and sentence … and that’s it? It was a little disappointing to me and I felt like there could have been just a little more to the story.

There was also the entire side story with Sam’s character – what was the point of him being mentioned at all? Ok, I take that back…. as Zoe’s attorney for her “incident” he definitely did deserve a mention. But beyond that it felt totally unnecessary.

I keep going back and forth wondering if the fact that I read this book in spurts every day with it being part of Serial Reads hampered my opinion of this one. Maybe then the flow of it would have felt a little more natural? I’m not sure. I’m still pretty sure that when you spend 95% of the book with the entire lead-up to the who-dun-it then you’re going to have a little bit of a let down no matter what because 5% is not enough time to wrap it all up without feeling rushed.

I never really felt entirely vested in any of the characters. Zoe was very off-putting to me. Chris was a slime-ball from the beginning. Tessa was irresponsible. Lucas was just kind of there. Richard was ridiculous. Sam was pointless. It was all one big cluster…. ha! I don’t know. I’m still scratching my head as to how I did enjoy this one so much. I did find it to be very readable. And I was very interested in knowing what happened to Zoe’s mom, Maria.

Either way, I did ultimately like this book and am definitely looking forward to reading more from Ms. Macmillan.

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Mini Reviews

So somewhere along the line I’ve managed to get really behind on my reviews. I’m just going to do a quick round-up of these instead of full reviews.

The Night SeasonTitle: The Night Season
Author: Chelsea Cain
Read: July 7-11, 2017
Pages: 352
Source: Purchased new
Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: I had tried to read this one years ago, after I read the first 3 in the series. I remember putting it aside, not being able to get into it. I thought it was because I knew Gretchen wasn’t going to have any part in this book. But when I picked this one back up this time around, I flew through it. It was really good!

One False MoveTitle: One False Move
Author: Harlan Coben
Read: July 17-20, 2017
Pages: 400
Source: Paperbackswap
Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: I don’t know why I don’t read more Myron Bolitar. I always enjoy these books. And this one was no exception. I enjoyed navigating all the family secrets in this one with Myron. And that ending – it was not at all what I had expected! It definitely made me look forward to reading more Myron sooner rather than later!

Vengeance in DeathTitle: Vengeance in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read: July 21-26, 2017
Pages: 357
Source: Paperbackswap
Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: The last book in this series, Ceremony in Death, left me feeling a little bit flat. So I was a bit hesitant to pick up this one, but I’m sure glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! I loved seeing more about Roarke and Summerset. It definitely gave a new perspective on them individually, as well as on their friendship. This book left me excited for more of these books (and there’s only a gazillion more, ha!)

Breaking CreedTitle: Breaking Creed
Author: Alex Kava
Read: July 28-31, 2017
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased new
Rating: 4/5

Thoughts: I am a huge fan of Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series. So when she introduced Ryder Creed and his dogs in the last installment of the Maggie O’Dell series, I was really excited to see a spin-off. And I thoroughly enjoyed this one. But it felt more like an extension of Maggie (not complaining – I love her character) than it did a new series with a new character. Maybe that changes in the next book. I don’t care either way, I enjoyed it and look forward to more from Alex Kava!!