The Perfect Lie: the gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother

The Perfect Lie: the gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother

by Karen Osman

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Overview

Nothing has felt right since she told the lie...

Claire Carmichael leads a charmed life. She has two beautiful sons, Jamie and Joshua, and a handsome and successful husband who loves her. She has been taught well by her mother – the most important thing Claire has is her good reputation.

He said, she said...

Even when she was in school, Claire had it all. She was clever, likable, and after passing the initiation tests, she was welcomed into the society of popular girls – The Queen Bees. So when a scandal threatened to ruin Claire's reputation, the Queen Bees closed rank to protect her, no matter who else got hurt.

Never forgotten, never forgiven...

Claire may have moved on from her school days, but for one person who she hurt irreparably, those memories are as fresh as blood. And all it takes to reap their revenge, is ONE PERFECT LIE.

The latest heart-racing psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother. Perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke, Paula Hawkins and Lisa Jewell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786699206
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother. When she's not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

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The Perfect Lie: the gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Honolulubelle 1 days ago
Favorite Quote: After John Griffith, Claire had kissed other boys at various parties. There was Cameron with his braces and saliva, Rich who had licked her teeth, and Tony – probably the best of a bad bunch, with his eager tongue. My Review: This tautly written book hit all the right notes for me. Penned in my favorite dual POV with dual timelines, the original storylines were compelling, intriguing, maddeningly paced, and unpredictable. I quickly fell into the tale and was soon hooked by this clever and sneaky wordsmith’s agile misdirections and deftly handled twists and turns. It was deviously crafted and cast with a bevy of difficult and unusual characters who were actually rather awful human beings. Lessons I learned from this story include: mothers don’t want you to do the right thing if it would potentially cause them embarrassment; selfishly keeping your mouth shut to avoid personal shame will surely backfire; never screw over a highly intelligent person; Queen Bees are an excellent name for an elite pack of vapid mean girls; and what goes around may eventually come around but it pays to manipulate the timeline and help karma along with your own vengeful plotting. I was on edge and nibbling on my cuticles the whole way through and huffed in disbelief at the ending. It was outstanding!
Christinastephanie 3 days ago
⚖️|#partner Thank you to NetGalley, Aria & Karen Osman for the free advanced digital copy! This book is available August, 2019!| . . BOOK REVIEW . . ▪️MY THOUGHTS ✔️I really enjoyed this book. It went back and forth from present day to when the main character was a teenager. The story was written from a few different perspectives which I enjoyed. It gives you insight into characters that you wouldn’t normally see. I thought the story was very interesting and although I knew by the middle of the book what was going to happen - I didn’t know how it was all going to go down. . . ▪️OVERALL RUNDOWN ✔️I thought the book was very well written. It was a story of deceit, lies and revenge. I look forward to reading more from this author! . . ▪️TITLE RUNDOWN Parents Enjoying Revenge Furious Envy Children Truth Lies Intriguing Engaging
JillB1 9 days ago
I thoroughly loved The Good Mother and settled down to read this new novel. I’m all in for a good revenge thriller. I was fascinated with Claire’s narrative in the present. With a back story of sexual assault, there is a parallel story from high school told by Claire and her first almost-boyfriend. While it’s obvious how the story will evolve, I was unsure how it would be resolved as a lie told in school is the catalyst for this story. The plot is great, the high school story was a little longer than I wanted as I wanted to stay in the present with Claire to see how she would handle the scandal in the present due to her lie years ago. I appreciated the ending and overall enjoyed it.
Anonymous 10 days ago
An excellent thriller that proves once again that every decision has consequences, whether immediate or delayed, fate will catch up with you. Karen Osman has written an excellent story line of how our actions of today will affect our tomorrows. The backstory will leave you trying to figure out exactly which character is "good" and which "bad". Skillful writing leaves no room for breaks in the reading of this story. The story builds at such a speed that the ending almost comes as a shock. A great reading experience that I'm recommending to my reading circle.
Bonnie Franks 13 days ago
If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be gripping. I also have to note that the title is perfect. The characters are real, in that we know them. We've met them, worked with them, gone to school with them, we know them. That's what draws you into their lives, is the desire to see where their lives are going. The more information that is provided to us, the more we want. I can't really get into particulars here, but I can tell you that it is a worthwhile read. It will have you thinking for sure. The writing is good, the story keeps you hanging on, and you will enjoy the ride. My copy was provided by NetGalley.com and the publisher, for which I thank them.
CCinME 13 days ago
As a ripple in the ocean can eventually become a tsunami on the other side of the world, a lie will have repercussions. The author did a good job with character development and advancing the story. More of a family drama/suspense than a thriller. My first by this author and I will surely look forward to her next!
M-Harrison1 13 days ago
I loved loved loved this book! Karen has created a gripping and thrilling read that I could not get enough of. After reading the heart pounding prologue, I knew that I was going to be completely absorbed in the story, which I was until the very early hours of the morning! I was torn wanting to savour it, but at the same time wanting to know what was going to happen and how it was going to end. The plot of the story ticked all the boxes for me in what I love in a thriller. It definitely has it all. It is a tale of revenge, secrets, lies and the most unimaginable betrayal, that changes the course of one persons life forever. A life where there was such promise of a bright future, only for it to come crashing down in one split second due to the most unforgivable lie. The characters in the book are all extremely well written in the parts that they each play in the story, good and bad. The main character of Claire had me feeling mixed emotions. As a teenager, she is faced with the age old tale of wanting to be a part of the popular clique, but it does come at the cost and at the detriment of the person she is the closest to. A secret relationship with an “unpopular “ boy that if revealed will cost her, her reputation and the place in the group that she has work hard to be a part of. As an adult, Claire continues to hold her reputation in the highest regard above everything else, but when her own son is accused of a crime, the same crime that she accused her boyfriend of back in high school, she must take responsibility for her actions and comes to terms with how she destroyed his life. I really enjoyed the dual narrative of the story from the present day back to the past, where Karen gives the reader a great insight into the events that lead Claire to make the most careless decision of her life. Karen also uses the technique of just giving the reader enough suspense which she gives off in little waves to a satisfying finale. Although I did predict the outcome, this did not ruin the story it for me. This is an addictive read which I highly recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Karen Osman for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Perfect Lie which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
diane92345 15 days ago
Former mean girl Claire appears to have it all. Married to her high school sweetheart. Two mostly perfect sons. Law partnership with her best friend Julia. But revenge is a dish best served cold when someone she wronged in high school with The Perfect Lie returns twenty years later to upset her perfect life. Good psychological thriller about how one mistake can impact you and your loved ones a lifetime later. It is fun to see Claire try to upright the cascading dominos of her life in this revenge thriller. If you like thrillers pitting two strong leads against one another where it is not clear who to root for, you will enjoy The Perfect Lie. 4 stars! Thanks to Aria Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Janice Lombardo 15 days ago
It seems as if Claire can't just get everything right. Her sons are ages 17 and 5. Claire wants to get back to work, full-time, at her career in law. But! She needs her husband's approval and a nanny. Once back, Claire had forgotten the long hours and the innate stress her job entailed. This, especially since she partnered with her longtime friend, Julia. We see a lot of background on Claire and this is interwoven into the present day Written well, by Karen Osman.' A good suspense story with great character development. Many thanks to Aria Books and NetGalley for a great read!
Janice Lombardo 15 days ago
It seems as if Claire can't just get everything right. Her sons are ages 17 and 5. Claire wants to get back to work, full-time, at her career in law. But! She needs her husband's approval and a nanny. Once back, Claire had forgotten the long hours and the innate stress her job entailed. This, especially since she partnered with her longtime friend, Julia. We see a lot of background on Claire and this is interwoven into the present day Written well, by Karen Osman.' A good suspense story with great character development. Many thanks to Aria Books and NetGalley for a great read!
MKF 16 days ago
Claire's married to her high school sweetie Chris, she has two boys, and a business with her friend Julia. In other words, it looks like she's the prototypical young mom who's got it all. She's also got a big secret and it's about to come back hard. Told in alternating chapters between today and the late 1980s, you'll slowly come to understand why what Claire did- the lie she told about Paul- served as the seed for today. The Queen Bees, the group Claire belong to in high school, were the classic mean girls even if they didn't recognize it in themselves. The damage done....No spoilers. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A page turner with vivid characters and good plot.
GraceJReviewerlady 16 days ago
What a great read! A totally different plot - I loved every bit of it! Claire Carmichael has a perfect life; clever at school, she went onto university and a successful legal career, a perfect marriage with her husband Chris and their two gorgeous children. There was one 'incident' in her school days, but that's all behind her and completely forgotten ... isn't it? Beginning in the present day, we then discover all about Claire's earlier life by travelling back to a couple of different times. The story unfolds slowly but the writing is so fluid and full of detail that I actually forgot about the bit at the start! This is a beautifully structured tale; well-plotted, entirely believable and really gripping! A book I really lost myself in - and the ending! Wow, just perfect! My initial reaction was to jump at the chance to read and review The Perfect Lie as, with Karen Osman as the author, I knew it would be a good read, but it's way beyond that .. it's a cracking thriller and one which consumed me. The characterisation is fabulous, the story even more awesome and the whole package is worth so much more than the five stars I can give it. Would I recommend it? You bet! If you're the kind of reader who loves a psychological thriller, then this is a must read!