Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Title:  One Perfect Lie
Author: Lisa Scottoline (Facebook)
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Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 11, 2017)
Length: 368 pages



About the Book: (From Goodreads): On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.
But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Justin's baseball games. But Justin is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon's wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.
At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.

My Review:  Right from the beginning of One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline, I had an uneasy feeling about new school teacher Chris Brennan.  I had so many questions at the beginning, Who is this Chris Brennan?  Why is he is interested in these boys?  Why is he trying to turn the boys against themselves and gain their trust?  I didn’t like the way the story was going.  He was stalking a couple of students and now tries to befriend them.  The three boys from the base ball team, Raz, Justin and Evan are his main focus.  Chris Brennan is definitely not who the other teachers think he is.  Will he be able to keep up his charade to complete the steps of his plan??

Raz, Evan and Justin are friends on the high school baseball team.  Raz is impulsive and a bit of a live wire.  His father died within the last year.  His mother, Susan is struggling to keep her family together and understand her sons.  Then you have Heather, single mom and her son, Justin.  Justin is a sweet young man.  Heather tires so hard to keep her son in his school and maintain a home life for Justin.  She works very hard to provide what little she can for her little family. Finally, we have Mindy, everyone thinks she has it all. The wife of a surgeon with a very popular son, Evan.   Life isn’t always what is seems.  What possibly could be going on in this nice little suburban town? 

My uneasy feelings about Chris Brennan change about 1/2 through the book as the twists in the story start to be revealed. Secrets are revealed, crimes are realized, and everything comes together with a sense of urgency.  Once it starts to unravel you will not be able to put down, One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline.   I found myself actually holding my breathe.   For me, One Perfect Lie was slow to grab my attention, but had me as the action began.   As always, I think I will just read a few chapters with my morning coffee before going to work.  ARGH!!  Lisa Scottoline, you got me, I couldn’t put One Perfect Lie down and arrived at work later than planned!

This is my first time reading a book by Lisa Scottoline.  I have already loaded Most Wanted onto my kindle!   I give One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline 4 stars.  Any book that makes me late for work gets a 4 out of 5 rating from me!  If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, I think you will really enjoy One Prefect Lie by Lisa Scottoline. 


One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline was also reviewed by Chick Lit Central, Red Carpet Crash, Librarian Laura, and BookFan. 

My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing

Happy Reading!

**Disclosure – One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline was received from St Martins Publishing through in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links

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