The Perfect Girl: A Novel

Paperback | August 30, 2016

byGilly Macmillan

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The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew returns with an electrifying new novel about how the past will always find us...

"Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby

“A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters - for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it’s a must read.”
   — Rosamund Lupton

Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same. 

Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.

In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

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The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew returns with an electrifying new novel about how the past will always find us..."Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby“A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters - for anyone who loved Girl on the Tra...

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Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and de...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.16 inPublished:August 30, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062654314

ISBN - 13:9780062654311

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from the girl perfect
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wish I had just asked someone who read this how it ends I didn't care much for the characters to begin with so it became an uninteresting read halfway through. Have not finished it yet, probably won't.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Readd I enjoyed this novel, though I saw the ending coming. It was rather predictable, but still kept me interested.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this. This book, is great in telling about all that we see, is not perfect. Loved it!!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointed I kept looking at this book and thought I would really like it. I was disappointed. There was a few times I almost didn't finish it. I would have to say that the last 5 chapters were the best part. It was events that was told by three (sometimes more) peoples version. This was the first book I read by this author.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Really good book! It was very hard to put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings - just an ok book! When reading the synopsis - I thought this book would be amazing. So of of course I purchased the book with very high hopes. To say the very least, the book is an ok easy read but it doesn't really pull you in and keep you interested. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thriller.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Great suspense/mystery that I could not put down. Skillfully woven, vivid characters. Can't wait for more from this author!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more The ending was a disappointment, definitely not as good as her other books
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Bad, Not Great Was holding out hope right to the end but was disappointed.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really Enjoyed This Book! I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay #plumrewards The ending was disappointing and somewhat predictable.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second novel from MacMillan Gilly MacMillan's first novel, What She Knew, was an Edgar nominated, New York Times Bestseller. Her second novel, The Perfect Girl, is newly released. Seventeen year old Zoe is a brilliant piano virtuoso. Her mother Maria has nurtured her career from the very beginning. An accident three years ago ended with one of Zoe's friends dead. But, she's served her time, she and her mother have moved and they have a new family unit. But while giving a concert in their new hometown, a man bursts in ranting and disrupts the event. And six hours later, Maria is dead...... Who killed Maria is the question that needs answering by the end of the book. And there are a few obvious choices. But it is the exploration of the characters, their lives, their thoughts and their reasoning that make The Perfect Girl a 'literary suspense' novel. There are eight main characters in The Perfect Girl, but only four of them are given a voice with their own chapters. I was surprised at those that were - Tessa and Richard, Zoe's aunt and uncle and Sam, Zoe's previous solicitor. A fifth, Lucas - Zoe's new stepbrother, we come to know through his film script. Zoe is driven to be perfect - in her piano playing and in her behavior. After all, this is her Second Chance with her new Second Chance family in their new Second Chance home. It's heartbreaking to read Zoe's chapters, as we learn of her past and the events that lead to that fateful night. But I found her a hard character to actually like. Maria is also driven as well to make everything 'perfect'. Maria is not given a voice and we only learn about her from others - notably her sister Tessa (who seems to be the most reasonable character) Chris, Maria's new husband, also only becomes known through his actions and dialogue described by others. (But he's a real piece of work) It was Uncle Richard that I was drawn to the most, despite his spectacular lack of perfection. I understand Sam's inclusion in the book, but felt he was quite removed from the 'main event'. These are all fractured people with fractured lives and secrets, some holding it together better than others. It was hard to really like any of them, but as a 'removed' observer, I was caught up in their turmoil. The final whodunit isn't the ending I had predicted, but seems, well, just perfect.
Date published: 2016-09-20

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“With lovely prose, depth of character and an intelligent narrative, Macmillan lifts the level of suspense with stiletto-like precision: a tiny graze here, a shallow cut there and, eventually, a thrust into the heart. At once profoundly unsettling and richly rewarding.”