My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lisa Scottoline excels at making people look past everyday, ordinary events and see what lies underneath. Her new thriller, “One Perfect Lie,” is no different – filled with twists and turns, you’re left turning the last page and thinking, “What are the people I know hiding?”
I’m going to try to keep spoilers out of this, so it may be vague, but trust me, you’re going to want to discover them yourself.
From the first page, we know that Chris Brennan, who is applying for a teaching position in a Philadelphia suburb, is lying to everyone. He’s not really a teacher, he’s part of a plan and he needs to find a student from the baseball team to help him with it. He soon targets three friends, Jordan, Evan, and Raz. Each comes from a family whose mother is struggling while trying to maintain the illusion of perfection. What follows is a tale that weaves its way into these suburban homes and exposes a plan that could have major implications.
The book took me about 5 chapters to really get into, but once I was hooked, I was HOOKED. The twists and turns are a mile-a-minute, with each one making you pause and think, “Could this be someone I know?” That’s really the theme of the book: that what you see on the surface may not be the whole story.
I like books like that, that make you think and keep you guessing. Especially with social media these days, everything may seem out in the open, but it’s really not, is it? Texting, Facebook, etc., feature heavily in the novel, which was interesting. I like that Scottoline is able to incorporate things that people deal with everyday into her work, not only that, but it feels fresh, not boring.
I’m hoping Scottoline does some follow-up with these characters, since there is an opening there for more. I would love to see how things look months down the road for these people, who I really got invested in (a sign of what a good writer Scottoline is).
If you like mysteries and classic “whodunnits,” this book will hold your attention to the end and keep you guessing. Her novels aren’t “blood and guts,” they’re classic suspense and thrills all around!