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One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

One Perfect LieOne Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

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!

Highly recommended.

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People Magazine also loves “Damaged”

I was reading the new issue of People Magazine this week, when I saw that they gave a shout-out to Lisa Scottoline’s new novel, Damaged, out now!

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I recently reviewed Damaged on Goodreads and loved it! Check it out below:
Damaged (Rosato & DiNunzio, #4)Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First things first: This book is fourth in a series, but can be read as a standalone.Some of the story lines continue, but readers can pick up on them quick enough.

“Damaged,” is about a lawyer named Mary who gets involved in a straightforward case: A young boy is being denied the special education services he needs to be successful. He was also involved in an altercation with a teacher’s aid at school and Mary is representing him.

The case quickly becomes more complicated than it first appears and Mary becomes heavily personally involved, perhaps too much, just as she’s getting ready to get married.

There is a bit of a “mystery” element but the main meat the story is in the characters and their journey together. And you really do begin to care about these characters and what happens to them. I and put the book down for the last third. I really loved this book.

This book hits you right in the feels. It’s gut-wrenching at points, from the young boy who is at risk of losing everything, to the family matters which are at the heart of the novel. The emotion is palpable and makes this read very worthwhile.

It’s not for those looking for a high-action thriller, it’s for people looking for a good story about good people. It’s all in those emotions.

I will be reading more from this author and more books in the series, hands down.

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