Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid which is available now (links below).
About the book
They have it all. And they’ll do anything to keep it that way. Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila did something unspeakable whilst attending an exclusive British boarding school. 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 covetable lives, careers and 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 the perfect antidote for anyone who thinks they might want more friends!
Georgia, Nancy and Lila are some of the most odious characters I’ve come across in a long while: not Hannibal Lecter-level, like, just hideously manipulative and unpleasant human beings! That’s not a criticism: Rebecca Reid has crafted them brilliantly.
I would hope that most people reading this have much better relationships with their friends than those depicted here (if you don’t, you have my sympathies) so if you want to read about some toxic AF friendships then this is certainly the book for you. The book covers one dinner party over one evening, acting as a sort of school reunion for our three leads and their husbands/partners, in addition to flashbacks from their time at boarding school.
From the start, you know one of the group has now died and that this is all linked to an incident back at school. I was intrigued by both mysteries – at school and the dinner party – and horrifyingly fascinated by the behaviour, actions and personalities of the characters as they unfold. Only one of the whole cast was remotely likeable (I’ll leave you to work out who that is!) and it was difficult to really root for anyone.
The story plays out well, jumping back and forth in time, with more and more revelations in each timeframe and I was gripped by what was going to happen in the past and how things would resolve in the present.
The ending is pretty twisted and if that sounds like your sort of thing plus you like dual timelines, multiple narrators and nefarious characters, then I highly recommend Perfect Liars.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for the copy of the book and to Anne Cater for my stop on the blog tour.
About the author
Rebecca is a freelance journalist. She is a columnist for the Telegraph Women’s section, works for Metro Online and has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesmen amongst others. Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work. She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015 and Perfect Liars is her debut novel. Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.
About the Blog Tour
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