“The Perfect Girl” by Gilly Macmillan


By Gilly Macmillan

In this exciting mystery, the “perfect” female comes in the form of a seventeen-year-old genius who is an absolute sensation at the piano. Named Zoe Maisey, she and her mother became outcasts from their previous community when Zoe was found guilty of driving under the influence and causing an accident that killed three teenagers, including her own best friend.

After serving her penance, her mother Maria, now remarried, has made it a point to erase this fact from their past so that no one will ever know. New husband Chris, and his own teenage son, Lucas, have entered into this family without having any prior knowledge of what Zoe once did. Of course, there are also those people who do know every single piece of mother and daughter’s soiled past, including a former lawyer, Zoe’s aunt, and her aunt’s alcoholic husband, Richard.

But Zoe’s secret is not the only one being kept. Even young Lucas has baggage of his own and Chris, his father, has a penchant for schemes. But the worst comes when, on the night of a huge piano recital that Zoe has planned for, Maria is found dead. It is then that every shaky lie that was holding things together begins falling apart.

In the aftermath of the crime, all the main characters try to figure out what happened, and what ‘ties’ that are supposed to bind will actually be broken for good. As for Zoe, she realizes that reality is hardly ever easy and usually you don’t see that freight train coming right at you until it’s too late.

The plot of this one is extremely interesting and as edgy as they get. Readers who love suspense do not want to miss this one.

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