Zoe Maisey is a musical prodigy – a genius but she is also carrying with her a troubled past. She caused the death of three teens due to being intoxicated. She’s done her time and is free now. She wants to begin living her life again and she starts with what should be the performance of her life. However chaos erupts when an unexpected visitor shows up and by the end of the night Zoe’s life will never be the same as her mother is found dead.
I enjoyed this book although not quite as much as the author’s first book What She Knew. While this is a thriller I think I was expecting a bit more thrill. I also found that it was hard to connect to the characters other than Zoe’s aunt. Many of the characters are quite unlikable but that’s not an issue. Quite often that’s what makes a book more exciting. With the main character Zoe I sympathized with her in many ways but many of her actions left me questioning just who she was and what she was doing.
I listened to the audiobook of The Perfect Girl and it is really well done. It’s narrated by Penelope Rawlins (who I have listened to and enjoyed before) and Dugald Bruce-Lockhart. They do a great job of immersing the reader in the various aspects of this story.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Once I started listening to it I didn’t want to stop as I needed to know what was going to happen. It does highlight how difficult it can be to start a new life and move on after a tragic incident. Secrets and lies can lead to devastation and destroy the Second Chance Life that the characters so desire. Recommended for those who enjoy psychological thrillers.