Sunday, April 16, 2017

One Perfect Lie (Lisa Scottoline's newest novel)

Happy Easter!  I hope all of you are having a very special day and you got some delicious treats from the Easter bunny!  On Tuesday, April 18 The Decorator Who Knew Too Much by Diane Vallere releases.  It is the fourth book in the Mad for Mod Mysteries which is also known as A Madison Night Mystery series.

One Perfect Lie is the newest book by Lisa Scottoline.  Chris Brennan has applied to teach AP Government at Central Valley High School.  He has also requested to be the assistant varsity baseball coach.  Chris has excellent resume and is quickly hired.  What no one knows is that his resume and name are untruths.  Why did Chris position himself at Central Valley High School?  Raz Sematov, Jordan Larkin, and Evan Kostis are three of Chris’ students and they are also on the varsity baseball team.  Raz is going through a rough patch.  His father, Mike passed away a few months ago and Raz is acting out.  Raz has a temper (as well as a hyper personality) and he has yet to learn how to control it.  Evan Kostis is the popular rich kid with a doctor for a father and a mother who copes by drinking.  Jordan Larkin is a quiet boy with a single mother.  Jordan’s mother, Heather works as a waitress at Central Valley Country Club.  Chris quickly gains the boys trust, but he has an ulterior motive.  There is something going on in Central Valley and Chris (or whoever he is) is aware of it.  Is he behind it?

One Perfect Lie captured my interest in the beginning.  It is clear that Chris is lying (to the reader), but we do not know why.  Soon, though, the truth is revealed and the novel is less captivating.  I figured out the plot, the twists and the characters involved long before they are revealed.  I was hoping for a novel with more suspense, mystery and surprises.  I give One Perfect Lie 3 out of 5 stars.  I felt that the book was too long and it had a slow pace.  The pace slows down considerably in the second half of the book. I just wanted more, and I expected more from this writer.  I was disappointed with the romance in the book.  It was unnecessary and did not need to be included.  I felt that too much of the story (especially in the second half) was devoted to possible relationship between Chris and Heather Larkin (especially the end).  There are many characters in this book and the readers get background details on each one of them (I only listed a few of the characters).  I did not like the scenes between Chris and his compatriots.  I finished the book (finally) and was left with unanswered questions.  

I will return on Monday to review Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano.  It is the first book in her Apart from the Crowd series.  May each of you have a lovely Easter.  Do not overindulge in your sweet treats or they will disappear before you know it.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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