About the book: A handsome stranger moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley, and his name is Chris Brennan. He’s applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the local high school, and he looks perfect, on paper. But his name is an alias, his resume is false, and everything about him is a lie. And he has a secret plan – for which he needs a pawn on the baseball team.
Susan Sematov loves her younger son Raz, the quirky and free-spirited pitcher of the team. But Raz’s adored father died only a few months ago, and the family is grief-stricken. Secretly, Raz is looking to fill the Daddy-shaped hole in his heart.
Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who’s dedicated to her only son Justin, the quiet rookie on the team. But Justin’s shy and reserved nature renders him vulnerable to attention, including that of a new father-figure.
Mindy Kostis is the wife of a busy surgeon and the queen bee of the baseball boosters, where her super-popular son Evan is the star catcher. But she doesn’t realize that Evan’s sense of entitlement is becoming a full-blown case of affluenza, and after he gets his new BMW, it’s impossible to know where he’s going – or whom he’s spending time with.
The lives of these families revolve around the baseball team – and Chris Brennan. What does he really want? How far will he go to get it? Who among them will survive the lethal jeopardy threatening them, from the shadows?
Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will keep readers riveted to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.
Published: April 11, 2017
Publisher: St.Martin’s Press
My review: *Warning* Don’t start reading this book if you’re going to have to set it down to go and participate in life. I mean, you can, but you won’t want to. Once you start reading this book you will be pulled into the lives of the characters and you’ll be wondering “Just who is Chris Brennan?”
I received an email from Netgalley one day telling me I was invited to read this book. I had never heard of the author but the book blurb and the cover had me putting the book on my Kindle in a matter of seconds. Then other commitments came up and this book somehow got shoved down, down, down the tbr pile. I was finally able to read it over the weekend and I’m actually glad it got shoved down the pile because it’s one of those books that once you’re finished reading you’re disappointed. Disappointed that you’ve read the book and that experience is over. Yeah I can always read it again but it won’t be the same as reading it that first time when every detail is new and every twist and turn is unexpected.
I’m going to be absolutely honest though and admit that at the beginning I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish the book. There are a lot of characters introduced quickly and I had trouble keeping them all sorted out. But once I did I couldn’t read the book fast enough and or stand to have to put the book down. The characters are complex and Chris Brennan is the perfect “bad guy” character for this story.
The storyline of the book is interesting and I was kept guessing as to what exactly was going on. The pace is excellent and the author has a way of telling a story that leaves you wanting more causing an extreme case of “one more chapter” syndrome. There were many jaw-dropping moments as the story unraveled and I love the fact that I wasn’t able to guess anything before it was revealed.
One Perfect Lie is one perfect story. This was my first Lisa Scottoline book and it definitely won’t be my last. I highly recommend this book!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest, ONE PERFECT LIE, which releases in April 2017. Her previous emotional thriller, MOST WANTED, has been optioned for a TV series. Lisa also co-authors a bestselling series of humorous memoir with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which is based on their weekly Philadelphia Inquirer column titled “Chick Wit.” These witty and hysterical books examine life from a woman’s perspective, and the most recent book is, I’VE GOT SAND IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. The first in the series, WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG, has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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