Book Review: The Perfect Girl

“I believe that if you are lucky enough to have a child, then you should love them, whether or not society labels them as flawed, whether or not you label them as flawed.” 
― Gilly Macmillan, The Perfect Girl

Book Title: The Perfect Girl
Gilly Macmillan
Publication Date:
Fiction, Murder Mystery
Goodreads Rating:
3.69 Stars
My Rating:
3.5 Stars

To everyone who knows her now, Zoe Maisey – child genius, musical sensation – is perfect. Yet several years ago, Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time. And now she’s free.

Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life.

By midnight, her mother is dead.

The Perfect Girl is an intricate exploration into the mind of a teenager burdened by brilliance. It’s a story about the wrongs in our past not letting go and how hard we must fight for second chances.

1. Not exactly how I wanted to start 2017. This book was good… But not great. And as the first book I read of the new year, I wanted it to be GREAT. There were too many points of view (which I don’t say often because I love multiple POVs), and the story was a bit muddled from the weird skips through linear time, which works for some novels but…

2. It’s no Gillian Flynn. This book LOOKED like it should be Gone Girl. The cover is so similar, and the title is The Perfect Girl. But it was not Gone Girl. It lacked the suspense and BIG TWIST that that book had, and the characters were meh. I liked Zoe and Lucas, but I wasn’t super attached to them. There wasn’t much character development, and there were certainly unnecessary plot lines that just didn’t need to be there.

3. That being said… It was a pretty decent book. If you’re looking for something interesting and not all too intense, this is a good book to pick up. I kept picking it up when I had other things I could have been doing, which is saying something.

While not the best murder mystery ever, this was a novel that kept me guessing and held me in suspense while drawing out the storyline.

“And in spite of everything, a tiny part of me glows, because I feel a little bit happy that we’re going to do this together, that we’re going to do anything together in fact, because that hasn’t really happened for a very long time.”

“Piano playing is like an addiction for me. It’s a path I have to walk down, water I have to drink, food I must consume, air I need to breathe. It’s the only thing that can take my head somewhere safe and everybody tells me its going to give me a ‘bright future’”

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