Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

Today it is my stop on The Perfect Girl blog tour and I will be sharing my review of this slow burning, gripping book. Check out the other blogs taking part on the tour.

To everyone who knows her now, Zoe Maisey - child genius, musical sensation - is perfect. Yet several years ago Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time, and now she's free.
Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life.
By midnight, her mother is dead.

One of my top 10 books in 2015 was Burnt Paper Sky so I have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Perfect Girl.

Zoe Maisey has paid for her involvement in the tragic event that left 3 teenagers dead. Several years later Zoe has created a new life and is focusing on her piano playing but when she performs one evening in The Holy Trinity Church she would never expect the events that unfold that evening and by midnight her mother is dead.

The storyline is told in the form of short sharp chapters each told from various characters points of views which if I am honest I wasn’t too sure of at the beginning but as the storyline began to build so did the suspicion as we are told through all the characters voices of the events of the evening and although I had a good idea as to who was involved having this multiple point of views did help to keep me guessing. Having the book structured this way I did find the characters were all really well developed and had their own individuality and although Zoe stood out to me each of the other characters all played a key part in the storyline so it is very clever how the author has managed to write from 8 peoples points of views and still all were really well developed.

The main storyline is trying to uncover who killed Zoe’s mother but we have various storylines weaving around this because each of the characters are flawed so we discover not only what happened in Zoe’s past but also secrets that the other characters such as Lucas and Tessa are hiding too.
Although the chapters were short the storyline did flow at a slow pace as we gradually uncover what occurred on the evening of the performance but yet I wasn’t on the edge of my seat eager to get onto the next chapter like I was in the authors previous novel, so although I enjoyed this book it didn’t knock Burnt Paper Sky off of the top spot for me but that is a hard book to beat as that book was totally thrilling and captivating so was a hard book to follow but never the less The Perfect Girl is still a cleverly written read.

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