• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 6, 2016)
From Gilly Macmillan, the international bestselling and Edgar Award nominated author of What She Knew, comes this whip-smart, addictive, and harrowing novel of psychological suspense—perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Kimberly McCreight.
“With tightly drawn characters, a fascinating storyline and absolutely exquisite narration, The Perfect Girl is sure to keep readers up all night. Gilly Macmillan proves once again to be a master of the written word and is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby
Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same.
Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.
In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.
Unfolding over a span of twenty-four hours through three compelling narratives, The Perfect Girl is gripping, surprising, and emotionally complex—a richly layered look at loyalty, second chances, and the way secrets unravel us all.
“As the suspenseful, serpentine tale unreels from the alternating perspectives of several key players, readers will be rooting for the resilient, resourceful Zoe all the way to the perfectly executed final twists.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters – for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it’s a must read.” — Rosamund Lupton
“I DEVOURED The Perfect Girl. An incredible page turner with awesome characters and suspense. Bravo.” — Kate White, New York Times bestselling author
This was such an eerie, haunting read, it would have made the perfect pick for the upcoming season. As it was, I enjoyed the gripping tale of a young woman with a more than dysfunctional family, who would appear to outsiders to be cookie-cutter sweethearts living the American Dream.
Through the twists and turns our path is marked with rich detail and rousing prose, with a good bit of wisdom along the way.
If I were to surmise the main goal of this novel, it would be to entertain, but there’s definitely a lesson (or a few rather) to be learned from its passages.
Family is important, but they are not always right, and sometimes you have to stand up for yourself in the midst of terribly treatment- from the outside or otherwise. Zoe learns this the hard way, many times over, and it can be quite heart breaking when you’ve also experienced some of her journey in your own way, so you begin to hope for the impossible and by the end of it all, you’re weary and ragged like the rest of the cast just needing a warm blanket and a hug from someone you love.
If you’re a fan of fast-paced psychological thrillers, you’ll enjoy The Perfect Girl. Recommended for 17 and up.
About Gilly Macmillan
Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.