Published by Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) on August 8th 2019
Genres: Psychological Thriller
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Nothing has felt right since she told the lie...
Claire Carmichael leads a charmed life. She has two beautiful sons, Jamie and Joshua, and a handsome and successful husband who loves her. She has been taught well by her mother – the most important thing Claire has is her good reputation.
He said, she said...
Even when she was in school, Claire had it all. She was clever, likable, and after passing the initiation tests, she was welcomed into the society of popular girls – The Queen Bees. So when a scandal threatened to ruin Claire's reputation, the Queen Bees closed rank to protect her, no matter who else got hurt.
Never forgotten, never forgiven...
Claire may have moved on from her school days, but for one person who she hurt irreparably, those memories are as fresh as blood. And all it takes to reap their revenge, is ONE PERFECT LIE.
No joke, The Perfect Lie is the perfect thriller read. From the go, I was sucked into the life and family of Claire Carmichael. The prologue gives a slight hint at what’s to come, but the plot unfolds at a pace that builds towards an aha moment I never saw coming. The last 10 % of this book had me reeling and I literally finished the story with an audible gasp.
As the blurb suggests, Claire’s leads a charmed life. We get bits and pieces of a life-changing moment in her teens where things go sideways, but she comes back from “it”. She goes on to fall in love, build a flourishing career, and create a family. But when she goes back to work after a few years off to spend time at home with her youngest child, she finds the stress at home increase as long hours pull at the threads of her well-constructed life. Nothing pulls harder than the impact of her role “consulting” on a new case her law firm has taken on. With this, her entire world unravels.
We get most of the story from Claire’s perspective, but at one point we are introduced to the inner workings of a truly devious mind, a person from her past. This voice made me incredibly uncomfortable. There’s an “ick” factor but that soon grows into something much more, something sinister and way beyond creepy. As we learn more and more about the event from the past it becomes that not is what it seems. This twist is sublime and brilliant and ultimately gut-wrenching. We are left to wonder where it might go, what could ever right this new wrong.
Upon finishing this book I had enough to time begin a new one, but my mind stayed with this story. It left me a bit unnerved. I’ve snatched up Karen Osmans’ other books and look forward to a weekend binge on her brand of treachery. 5 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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