book review

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

29939066Released Date: April 11, 2017

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Justin’s baseball games. But Justin is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

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*I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is not my first from Lisa Scottoline. I quite like Lady Killer and that made me want to read this one, too. Besides that, the premise looks really intriguing that I just can’t pass on this one (even if it’s a last minute request). Imagine my delight when I got approved.

One Perfect Lie is narrated by four characters. Chris Brennan, who started by applying for a teaching job in high school in a small town called Central Valley. He is charming and every people he met during the application process likes him. Plus his credentials are exemplary so it’s not a surprise that he got the job. He also volunteered to be an assistant coach for the school’s baseball team. The thing is, everything about him is a lie. His name, his credentials and everything he tells to the people in that town. He was in town for a mission and he only has a few days to complete it. He needs to know the in’s and out’s and the who’s who in the town and he needs himself an “accomplice” and the baseball team will provide him that. And he’ll do whatever it takes to finish whatever it is that needs to be done.

Heather Larkin, a single mom who’s struggling to make ends meet with her job as a waitress, a job she’s been doing for 17 years and she’s starting to hate it, and to make sure her son, Jordan, will stay kind and responsible, not to say smart. He just made it to the baseball team and everything is looking good for her son, right now. If only he’d stop hanging out with Raz, an out of control teen and Jordan’s teammate, who might possibly have a violent tendency.

Susan Sematov, the mom of Raz. Everything was perfect in her life until her husband died of cancer and she was left to raise two resentful teenage sons. They were becoming unruly which they weren’t when their dad was still alive. She can’t help thinking that the wrong parent died and she can’t do anything about it but move on, no matter how hard it was for them. She has to think about her kids now before they did something terrible.

And Mindy Kostis, she has the life every woman dreams of. A wife of the rich surgeon and mom of Evan, a friend of Jordan and Raz who happens to be on the baseball team, too. She spends her days on various social events with other housewives in town. She’s suspecting her husband of having an affair, again, and worst, her son might know about it, too, and helping his dad to keep it from her. Her perfect life is starting to fall apart and she has no idea there is worst to come.

It is a mystery-thriller and I assure you it is exactly just like that. One Perfect Lie is never short of suspense and thrill. It started slow with all the character introduction and there is a handful of them. But even if there’s a lot of characters to follow, they all tell equally interesting stories. But, of course, there will always be someone who’s more intriguing than the others. And, yes, it is Chris that will really pique your interest, because it is him who’s hiding the big secret. A mysterious character with a mysterious mission. What is it that he have to do that can possibly jeopardize the safety of the townspeople? But aside from him, all the supporting characters are engaging as well. The three mother’s are all having their own struggles and you just have to wonder what role their kids will play in the impending doom.

It was divided into three parts: Steps One until Three. Which is pertaining to Chris’ mission. The twist was revealed as early as step two but it doesn’t stop there. The story contains a lot of intense twist and turns and revelations which is a delight for mystery lovers like me. Most of them are a total surprise and one that you won’t see coming. My guesses were all off! I’d say, Lisa Scottoline is one clever author and this one just proves that she’s one of the best out there.

One Perfect Lie is a brilliant thriller book and I absolutely love it. It is a gripping story that it will surely be hard for you to put it down once you started. I was so engrossed with reading that I didn’t even realize the time. I stayed up until 3 am just so I can finish this book. I just have to keep reading on to find out what’s bound to happen. It is perfect for people who loves to read mystery and thriller and also for those who want to try the genre for the first time as well. You won’t be disappointed.

One Perfect Lie will be hitting the shelves on April 11. Be sure to grab it and have fun reading.

RATING: 5/5

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