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One Perfect Lie Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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"In novel after novel, Lisa Scottoline has proven herself a master of stories that combine familial love ― especially that of mothers for their children ― with nail-biting stories of spirited everywomen bent on finding the truth. Her new novel, Most Wanted, demonstrates again her skill with this kind of domestic suspense tale." – The Washington Post
"This is a potboiler of a book, crammed full of agonizing choices confronting appealing, relatable characters. Scottoline has penned more hardboiled tales, but never one as heartfelt and emotionally raw, raising her craft to the level of Judith Guest and Alice Hoffman. Most Wanted is a great thriller and a gut-wrenching foray into visceral angst that is not to be missed." – The Providence Journal
A suburban crime tale told with Scottoline’s penchant for humor and soul-baring characterization."
– Booklist on Most Wanted
"A page-turner that will satisfy." – Library Journal on Most Wanted
"A Connecticut teacher’s long-sought and hard-fought pregnancy turns into a nightmare when Scottoline unleashes one of her irresistible hooks on her." – Kirkus Reviews on Most Wanted
“Scottoline knows how to keep readers in her grip.” –The New York Times Book Review
"A virtuoso of suspense, fast action, and intricate plot." ―The Washington Post
“Scottoline writes with genuine snap, producing smartly structured mystery thrillers.” –Entertainment Weekly
“Scottoline rocks!” –Nora Roberts
“Scottoline is a powerhouse.” –David Baldacci
"Scottoline has plenty of tricks up her sleeve." ―Booklist
"Scottoline grabs her readers by the jugular and won't let go." ―Library Journal
“Scottoline writes riveting thrillers that keep me up all night, with plots that twist and turn.” –Harlan Coben
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First Printing edition (April 11, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250099560
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250099563
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.45 x 1.19 x 9.58 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #428,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is no doubt that Lisa Scottoline can write, she's a wonderful writer in fact, but her story line was hoo-hum, and the characters were so predictable that I didn't really care about them by the end. Maybe there were just too many of them to really give any one character any depth, but my advice to Lisa is, less characters, more developement, and surprise me. This was a beach-read that you can get into even if you are deep into your margarita by the time you finish. Easily put down, easily forgotten, but entertaining if you like a surface read.
I didn't get interested until I was at page 209 and it disappointed again in the 300s. I'm not sure how this author has so many "praise" comments for her work. I didn't enjoy this book at all and the writing is not smooth, even some typos.
I'm disappointed that Barnes and Noble workers recommended this author to me and didn't even feel like finishing the book even with only 50 pages left.
There are some twists in this book but they feel slapped on and rushed, very poorly executed. She's not on the level of Harlan or other thriller writers at all.
Intriguing, compelling storyline with plenty of twists.
Believable characters with distinct personalities and emotions. Thought-provoking and informative dialogue.
'Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky'
'Her goal weight was 125, and Mindy was pretty sure she would be 125 years old before she reached it, then she would be dead. Her epitaph would read, SHE REACHED HER GOAL WEIGHT, THEN DIED OF SHOCK.'
'She felt exhausted, sitting next to her new lawyer, Maxwell Todd, Esq., of Logan & Dichter. Todd specialized in the legal problems of the children of their corporate client CEOs. Mindy would never have guessed there were enough spoiled brats to support a law practice, but maybe affluenza was contagious.'
'If you go through life with your path greased, you could end up on your a@@.'
I will re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
The author sets the tone immediately with a quote just before the opening chapter: "Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others." Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
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Title: One Perfect Lie
Author: Lisa Scottoline
First Published: 2017
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Price on Amazon: Hardback £14.96
On paper Chris Brennan seems perfect but its all a lie. He's landed himself a job as a teacher teaching government and criminology, he is also the assistant coach. Little do the school know his whole resume is fake and all a lie.
Susan has just lost her husband, shes proud of her son Raz, he's a high school pitcher with a promise of a full scholarship, after the death of his father he is vulnerable.
Heather is a single mother and she lives for her son Jordan's baseball games but worries he has fallen into the wrong crowd at school and that he is being lead down the wrong path.
Mindy is swept up in being a surgeons wife, she drinks to much and fills her days with lots of social events. She has no idea her son and husband are keeping secrets. Secrets that could destroy them all.
In the middle of all of this is Chris Brennan, what is he doing here and what does he want? how far will he go to get what he wants?
I got an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I only read eight chapters of this book as i wasn't enjoying it. When i read the blurb i thought it sounded really good and it got me wanting to read it however, once i started reading it i found i just couldn't get into it and wasn't enjoying it. I just found that it wasn't getting me hooked and wasn't pulling me in the way i like books too.
I have given this book just one star as i didn't enjoy it and i didn't finish it.
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