Book Review: The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacMillan

Dear Bookworms,

You may remember a few months back when I reviewed, What She Knew, by Gilly MacMillan (read here if not), and I absolutely fell in love with her writing style and storytelling, which of course meant I had to purchase her other novel, The Perfect Girl.

Zoe is a 17 year old musical prodigy with a genius IQ to boot. Attempting to settle into her "new normal" life with her mom and newly acquired stepfather, stepbrother, and half sister she is finally starting to feel like she is putting her life back together. After a devastating accident left 3 of her schoolmates dead, landing Zoe in juvenile detention for 18 months it's been difficult to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. An elaborately planned evening piano concert was supposed to be her reemergence back into her former glory days of playing, but before sunrise the next day, Zoe's mother is dead and she finds herself falling down the rabbit hole as she examines her new family under more scrutiny and tries to understand just what happened to her mother. 

Given that the span of this book was over the course of roughly 24 hours and at over 400 pages long, it was incredibly rich in detail. Alternating perspectives between Zoe, Tessa (her aunt), Richard (her uncle), and Sam (her former lawyer) kept the story fresh. It was interesting to see events unfold through so many different lenses and mindsets. The story contained flashbacks and recollections of the horrible accident which sent Zoe to a correctional facility which ultimately played a large part in her feelings and thought processes when faced with a new crime/investigative procedures. It made it all the more threatening for Zoe which ramped up the paranoia and tenseness. The ending was not as much of a shocker for me compared to her previous novel but it was one that I was hoping for which left me satisfied. Overall it was a great read, a perfect thriller to get sucked into!

See ya next week friends!

XOXO,

Coco 

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Book Review: What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

Dear Bookworms,

Another thriller/suspense this week and oh-eee was it a good one!

Rachel Jenner is a recent divorcee, navigating the world as a single mother to her son Ben. A leisurely walk in the woods of Bristol Park one Sunday afternoon flips her world upside down when Bed runs ahead to the tree swing down the path, and winds up missing. So begins a tumultuous week where Rachel is forced to examine every relationship in her life while also coming under the microscope herself as her sons disappearance makes national headlines. Life changing secrets are revealed and lies come to light as Rachel races against the clock to find her missing son.  

This is the first book I've read from Gilly Macmillan and I can promise you it won't be my last (I may or may not have ordered her other novel on Amazon after I finished this one). As any good thriller/suspense book should be, this book was filled with twists and turns, false leads and deception. There are some very startling revelations that I did not see coming which threw some major wrenches in my (many) theories of "who dun it". As a mom myself, this book was particularity gripping and emotional for me. Just the thought of being in Rachel's situation and having one of my children taken from me is enough to send me into anxiety overload. Needless to say I flew through all 467 pages needing some sort of resolution to Ben's disappearance. A good plot is nothing without stellar writing and Macmillan delivers. The novel is well written and paced, Rachels emotions scream through the pages, and as a mother, it was gut wrenching. I would definitely recommend this to all you lovers of a good psychological thriller. 

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Until next week friends!

XOXO,

Coco

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