THE PER­FECT GIRL­FRIEND

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - GARDEN -

Karen Hamil­ton HA­CHETTE, RRP $30 Glenn Close’s bunny-boil­ing movie char­ac­ter looks de­cid­edly timid up against the mon­ster that is Juli­ette in her ra­bid ob­ses­sion to make ex-lover Nate re­alise he’s made a huge mis­take end­ing their ro­mance. She just has to hatch a per­fect plan to set her love story in mo­tion. So be­gins an alarm­ing de­gree of ob­ses­sion, de­cep­tion, lies and in­va­sion of pri­vacy. A change of ca­reer? No prob­lem. Stalk­ing? Check. Spy­ing? Sim­ple. Con­trol? Sure thing. First-time au­thor Karen Hamil­ton does a su­perb job cre­at­ing a scorned woman with a re­lent­less axe to grind as she jug­gles para­noia, in­fat­u­a­tion, ha­tred and re­venge. As chill­ing as Juli­ette’s be­hav­iour be­comes, and even when it seems more than a tad un­re­al­is­tic, Hamil­ton makes sure read­ers are hooked. Make time to read this in one fas­ci­nat­ing and fright­en­ing ses­sion of a woman pos­sessed and ob­sessed. CA­RINA BRUCE VER­DICT: Psy­cho thriller

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