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 Jordan’s baseball games. But Jordan 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?
Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.
When I was notified that Lisa Scottoline had released a new book, One Perfect Lie, I couldn’t wait to read it. In fact, I read it so fast that I completely forgot about writing my report. When I was reviewing my paperwork the other day, I noticed this book review was outstanding and thought I’d get busy reading the book only to discover I had already read (and loved) One Perfect Lie.
Without anything further, here’s my thoughts:
The first thing I will say is that the “jacket story” immediately had me very curious and excited to read the whole book. I always love a good thriller that contains multiple stories that eventually tie together in the conclusion (which is exactly how this story goes). The book was comprised of short – but very addicting – chapters that had me wanting to turn just one more page. I was lucky enough to be the passenger in a long car ride so I was able to breeze through most of the book in one sitting.
The very first sentence of the book tells people that there’s going to be a great story here:
“Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud.”
That sentence immediately informs readers that this book will be full of lies and questions. Readers are encouraged to figure out exactly why Chris Brennan isn’t who he claims to be, and it spirals until we ultimately discover the “master plan” of the story. Of course, as is the case with most review of thriller-types of stories, to disclose any more of the plot will become a spoiler, which I refuse to write.
Readers will discover why Chris is there, what he wants and what he is willing to do to get it. Trust me when I tell you the book is full of twists and turns that get you when you least expect it. It was fast paced and kept my attention until I turned the last page. I won’t lie though, I was able to pick up on some of the surprises before they were revealed, but it didn’t affect my enjoying the book. One Perfect Lie was fast paced, kept my attention, and was well written. It is one of those emotional thriller types of suburban crime stories that will have readers flipping pages up util the very end.
Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of twenty-eight novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States, she has been published in thirty-five countries, and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film. Lisa also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those stories have been adapted into a series of bestselling memoirs, the first of which is entitled Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog. Lisa lives on a Pennsylvania farm with an array of disobedient pets.
I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy of One Perfect Lie by Lisa Sccottoline in exchange for my post. I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because I loved the story!