She’s a girl who is far from per­fect

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvd/Blu-Ray - The Per­fect Girl Gilly Macmil­lan Pi­atkus £7.99

IF you fancy a thriller that will keep you up late at night tear­ing through the pages, then look no fur­ther.

Macmil­lan set off on­theroad­toac­claim with her de­but, Burnt Pa­per Sky, now she is fur­ther ce­ment­ing her best­selling rep­u­ta­tion with this grip­ping psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller. Zoe Maisey ap­pears to be the per­fect girl of the ti­tle – she’s clever, prettyan­damu­si­cal­ge­nius. But, sev­eral years ago Zoe­causedthe deathofthree­teenager­sand­was con­victed of driv­ing un­der­age and un­der the in­flu­ence. Af­ter a pe­riod in ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion, she’s served her time and is free to con­tinue her life. That is, un­til the fa­ther of one vic­tim spots Zoe at a pi­ano recital and Zoe’s world is again turned up­side down. By mid­night that night, Zoe’s mother is dead. Over the next two days of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the spot­light turns on eachchar­ac­ter, in­clud­ing Zoe, her con­trol­ling step­fa­ther Chris, and her step-brother Lu­cas, an­other mu­si­cal prodigy who seems to be hid­ing some­thing. In some ways it’s a tra­di­tional who­dun­nit fea­tur­ing fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters bu­tit’s an o r i g i - nal sto­ry­line. The string of sus­pects kept me cap­ti­vated and­thetwists and­turns hadme gripped. Re­view by Lisa Hyl­ton. Name Macmil­lan’s de­but hit. En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Per­fect com­pe­ti­tion, by Septem­ber 1.

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