One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
Published April 11, 2017
St. Martin’s Press
Lisa Scottoline has written some of my favorite books. I was really looking forward to reading “One Perfect Lie” After reading the book description, I was very intrigued. After reading the first page I knew I was going to have a hard time putting this book down. If real life hadn’t gotten in the way I probably could have read this in one or two sittings.
Chris Brennan is applying for a teaching job at Central Valley high school and is about to have his final interview. He has passed the criminal background checks and filled out all appropriate forms. On paper Chris looks perfect. He’s also made sure to dress like the other teachers. Appearances are important. But they can also be deceiving. Especially when it comes to Chris Brennan….
Chris Brennan is a fraud.
Everything about him is a lie.
An expert liar, Chris charms the principal. He also applies to be the assistant baseball coach. Chris has already researched the coach and team for his own purposes….especially the team. He needs to befriend a quiet, insecure boy who doesn’t have any good father figures. The same profile that a pedophile would have, but Chris is not a pervert. His manipulation of the boy is only means to an end.
Chris is thrilled when the principal tells him he’s got the job.
It’s now time for him to set his plan in motion.
Only eight pages into this book and I so badly want to know what this Chris Brennan is all about. What are his intentions? What does he mean by only the means to an end? I needed to know! It may have crossed my mind to skip ahead but I didn’t want to ruin the story for myself and I could tell already that there was much more to come.
Chris will be teaching AP Government which will come in quite handy in helping him gain more information. He’s researched each student, and has gained a boat load of knowledge just from social media (Kids really do give out way to much information!! ) but he needs to know more.
“Don’t volunteer so much to complete strangers. Don’t tell them the most personal things. Don’t post every detail about your private life. You have no idea who is out there, preying on you, using that information to their advantage. Like me.”
He starts his experiments in the very first class. These will help him see how the kids negotiate and who has the most power in the class. It will give him insight into their personalities and who may or may not be easy to manipulate.
There are three boys that Chris is paying extra attention to, and all are on the Musketeers baseball team. Evan Kostis is a very popular, rich, and good-looking kid. Jordan Larkin is a nice and quiet kid whose father is not in the picture. Then there is Mike (Raz) Sematov. Raz is goofy and a bit wild. His father passed away from cancer not that long ago. Chris needs to see who is friends with who and use that knowledge to determine the best candidate to help him carry out his plan.
Chris has been given a warm welcome by the other teachers. However, there’s one chatty/nosy teacher who keeps asking a lot of questions about his past. This teacher may be a problem for him.
The story is told from multiple points of view. Most of it is from Chris’s perspective. However, we are also given parts of the story from Heather Larkin (Jordan’s mother), Mindy Kostis (Evan’s mother), and Susan Sematov ( Raz’s mother).
Heather Larkin is a single mother who is very proud of her son, Jordan. But she does worry that he may be easily led by some of his other teammates.
Susan Sematov is a recent widower and mother to Raz and his brother, Ryan. She’s very proud of Raz whose talent may land him in the majors. But the entire family has been struggling since the death of her husband.
Then we have Mindy Kostis. A surgeon’s wife who seems to spend a lot of time socializing and is finding more solace in her gin and tonics than anything else. Lately her husband has been staying out later and later and even her son, Evan is keeping secrets from her.
Everyone is keeping secrets. However, some may be deadlier than others. So where does Chris Brennan fit in? What does he want with all of these people? The answer may surprise you. I know it surprised me. And it was just one of the surprises that Lisa Scottoline had in store. The twists started early and I didn’t see them coming. I thought the story was well paced, with quite a few characters, and I had no problem keeping up.
ONE PERFECT LIE is an emotional domestic thriller with the perfect amount of secrets, intrigue, crime, and maybe even a dash of romance? I love the author’s style of writing and how she develops her characters. I grew to care about and became invested in many of them. This was an exciting, action packed story with intriguing characters and an original plot. All of the individual stories were interesting and it was exciting the way everything came together in the end.
I am already looking forward to Lisa Scottoline’s next book.
Thank you, St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a finished copy of “The Perfect Lie”. All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
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