Paperback Fiction Short Take: The Perfect Girl – Gilly Macmillan

British suspense novelist Macmillan made a big splash in the U.S. with her first book here, What She Knew, which was both a NYT and USA Today bestseller, as well as an Indie Next, LibraryReads and Target Book Club pick. It also won the Edgar for best paperback original novel.

That book won Macmillan a lot of fans who won’t be disappointed by this sophomore effort. Told over the span a few days and from among three narrators, this is sharp, tight, page-turning psychological fiction.

Piano prodigy Zoe Maisey, the 17-year-old heroine of this cunningly plotted psychological thriller…and her devoted mother, Maria, have against all odds started a promising second act in Bristol, England, after a night in Devon three years earlier that shattered Zoe’s life—and snuffed out those of a trio of other teens. Maria has married wealthy entrepreneur Chris Kennedy, and Zoe now has a baby half sister, Grace. All is well until a piano recital brings the past roaring back with devastating consequences…. As the suspenseful, serpentine tale unreels from the alternating perspectives of several key players, readers will be rooting for the resilient, resourceful Zoe all the way to the perfectly executed final twists.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Perfect Girl is a beautifully written story with a heartbreaking plot. It is told from several narratives, unfolding methodically to give us a gripping and complex story… a psychological thriller… a story of second chances or maybe even third chances… a book I could not put down.”
— Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The Perfect Girl (9780062476760) by Gilly Macmillan. $15.99 trade paper original. 9/6/16 on sale.

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