Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid Transworld Digital September 1st 2018
They have it all. And they’ll do anything to keep it that way.
For fans of Liane Moriarty and Lisa Jewell,
Perfect Liars is truly gripping, dark and original.
Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila did something unspeakable whilst attending an exclusive British boarding school. Their crime forged an unbreakable bond between them, a bond of silence. But now, one of them wants to talk.
One wrong word and everything could be ruined; their covetable lives, careers and
relationships. It’s up to Georgia to call a crisis dinner. But things do not go as planned.
Three women walk in to the dinner, but only two will leave.
Murder isn’t so difficult the second time around…
If there is one thing I like when autumn sets in, it’s a good thriller and Perfect Liars fitted that bill perfectly.
We all have friends that we became close to at school, but what if something happened and it binds you together forever. This was just the case for Georgia, Nancy and Lila, past students of a very exclusive boarding school, who meet up years later at the beautiful home of Georgia. Straight away I could feel the tensions between the three friends, their differing characteristics bouncing off the pages.
Nancy, was their leader, a strong, focused woman,who knew what she wanted and made sure she had the power and control over her life and those in it. I found her very cold and her treatment of her supposed fiance Brett, harsh, although there were the odd chinks in her armour as you sensed that she perhaps liked him more than she was prepared to admit. Her control over Lila and Georgia, both in the past and the present was crystal clear and I would definitely not have wanted to be her enemy.
Lila was the loose canon, a woman on the edge, motherhood a complete disaster and a marriage that was equally disastrous. Her coping mechanism was to drink vast quantities of alcohol to forget her present circumstances and more importantly the past. I did feel a modicum of sympathy for her, but got frustrated with her, and many times found myself wishing she would just sort herself out.
Georgia, for me, was the most normal, the most likeable. I think this was because of her working class background, the scholarship girl who attended boarding school, and attended Oxford. She became the perfect wife with the perfect house, perhaps making up for all the things she couldn’t have when growing up. Yet her life was far from perfect, and lacked the children she so desperately wanted, would this push her over the edge, push her to doing things she might not otherwise have done to maintain that perfect lifestyle?
The dinner party itself, was a maelstrom of high emotion, each part of the three course meal like the acts in a play, as the drama and the tension increased.
Reid expertly handled the two and froing between the past and the present and I liked the way each segment was told from the perspective of each of the three women, giving a real sense of their true characters.
From the start you never knew their secret, and could only guess as Reid slowly scattered the narrative with clues. When I did work it out, you had to admire Nancy, Lila and Georgia’s capacity for weaving their string of lies and maintaining their secret for so long. You understood perfectly why the truth had to remain hidden so their lives could continue.
The drama of the latter parts of the novel was brilliantly done, the scene settings, playing their own dramatic part. I have to admit to feeling a chill as I read and especially the ending which was a real intake of breath moment.
This is a novel that will hook you from the very first page, it is highly addictive, fast paced, and could easily be read in one sitting. My only issue is how long I will have to wait for Rebecca Reid to produce her next novel!
I would like to thank Transworld Digital for a copy of Perfect Liars to read and review and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour
About the author
Rebecca is a freelance journalist. She is a columnist for the Telegraph Women’s section, works for Metro Online and has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesmen amongst others.
Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work.
She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015 and Perfect Liars is her debut novel.
Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.
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