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One Perfect Lie Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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Praise for Lisa Scottoline
"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
About the Author
LISA SCOTTOLINE is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of twenty-eight novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States, she has been published in thirty-five countries, and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film. Lisa also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those stories have been adapted into a series of bestselling memoirs, the first of which is entitled Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog. Lisa lives on a Pennsylvania farm with an array of disobedient pets.
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Top Customer Reviews
Chris Brennan is seemingly perfect. But everything about him is a lie. He is hired to teach at the local high school and he is also going to be the assistant baseball coach. He has his story worked out and everyone seems to love him right from the start. Now he just needs to figure out which kid is going to be the best choice to fit into his plan.
The characters in this book grew on me. I had a hard time connecting with anyone at the beginning of the book but by the time I had reached the end of the story I thought they were great. Most of the characters are just really good people although imperfect. They all have things going on in their lives that impact their behaviors but they seemed to be doing the best that they could under the circumstances.
I loved the writing. There was a lot of action in this book that really kept the pace moving. There were a lot more twists and turns than I was expecting which really kept the story interesting. This story felt very real. While it is a fictional story, everything that happened in this story felt like something that could really happen which was actually quite scary. This was a big story and the fact that it felt authentic was a big plus.
I would highly recommend this book to others. It was a very fast paced story that could be hard to put down at times. I have been a fan of Lisa Scottoline for a number of years and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. I also purchased a copy for myself.
Without giving away too much, the character who is smitten with Chris get pouty and won't forgive his deceiving her even though it was necessary to save tens of thousands of lives. Small minded you say?
Editing seems absent. Several grammatical errors were in evidence. They did not seem to be intentional to give color to a a character. They were just careless. Anther bizarre inclusion was the repeated use of the word 'helo' for helicopter. It is used 44 times in the book by many different characters. I have worked around the helicopter industry for over 30 years and have never heard the term. The word "helicopter" was used zero times.
The plot is simple, straightforward and tediously predictable with very few twists or surprises. Perhaps the only surprise is that there were none.
Give it a miss.