Author : Rebecca Reid
Title : Perfect Liars
Pages : 352
Publisher : Transworld
Publication date : September 1, 2018 (ebook)
Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila did something unspeakable. Their crime forged an unbreakable bond between them, a bond of silence. But now, one of them wants to talk.
One wrong word and everything could be ruined, their lives, their careers, their relationships. It’s up to Georgia to call a crisis dinner. But things do not go as planned.
Three women walk in to the dinner, but only two will leave.
Murder isn’t so difficult the second time around…
Perfect Liars is Rebecca Reid’s debut novel centred around the rather odd and extremely toxic friendship between Nancy, Georgia and Lila. It reminded me a little of Liane Moriarty and that’s never a bad thing in my book.
Nancy, Georgia and Lila met at boarding school when they were eleven years old. The three of them are very different. Nancy comes from a privileged background and seems to have it all, Lila is adjusting to a new stepmother and Georgia is at the school on a scholarship. They have the oddest friendship but it’s one that will survive to adulthood due to a certain event that’ll bond them together, whether they like it or not.
Now though, the cracks are starting to show. Lila, in particular, seems to be having a hard time. Her drinking is getting increasingly out of control and her friends are getting worried. As they come together at a dinner party at Georgia’s house, things begin to unravel. How far will they go to protect all they have?
Two timelines then. The present at the dinner party and the past at the boarding school, a setting I always enjoy. There are a lot of lies and secrets to discover and a heck of a lot of pretending going on. I thought the secret the girls were trying to protect was rather obvious but I couldn’t at all figure out who was responsible. None of them came across as particularly likeable. In fact, they didn’t even seem to like one another all that much. They had that “mean girls” vibe to them and I doubt very much their friendship would have survived if the circumstances hadn’t forced them to.
Perfect Liars is a thoroughly enjoyable psychological thriller. It’s brilliantly plotted, compelling and addictive. Despite the pace being somewhat on the slow side, I devoured it in one sitting. It’s clear from the beginning, something bad has happened and the ride to find out the truth is one heck of a thrill.
A fantastic debut by Rebecca Reid and I very much look forward to whatever she comes up with next.
My thanks to Becky Short at Transworld for my review copy!
Perfect Liars is available in ebook format!