She’s a girl who is far from perfect
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.