Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Perfect Lie by Lisa Renee Jones

Secrets. Lies. A man. There's always a man.
And there's always a truth to be told.

I'm Hailey Anne Monroe. I’m twenty-eight years old. An artist, who found her muse on the canvas because I wasn’t allowed to have friends or even keep a journal. And yes, if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m that Hailey Anne Monroe, daughter to Thomas Frank Monroe, the man who was a half-percentage point from becoming President of the United States. If you were able to ask him, he’d probably tell you that I was the half point. But you can’t ask him, and he can’t tell you. He’s dead. They’re all dead and now I can speak.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Psychological Thriller
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Hailey Monroe has lived her life being groomed to be the first daughter. Her father, if you can really even call him that, is a narcissistic idiot who is unlikeable. When Hailey has bouts of blackouts, she's not quite sure what to make of them. But she presses on and pretends that her life is going as planned.

As Hailey's life spins more and more out of her control and more and more into the power and control game that her father likes to play, Hailey learns some hard truths about herself and her dad. But it's when Hailey's best friend is abducted and thought to be dead that things really start to unravel for Hailey. What is happening to her memory? Who is trying to get to her?

Hailey's life is a series of snippets that we are reading. It jumps from past to present and while I normally don't really like these types of books, this one was fairly successful. It was good to see what was and what is, in order to understand the paranoia and worry that Hailey is going through. And while there are a few men in the story, this is not a romance.

It's a book about finding your own happiness in the face of great obstacles. And without giving too much away, I was slightly disappointed in a few incidents towards the end. It left me wanting so much more. But it was a good thriller where you wanted to get to the end and figure out what was happening just as much as Hailey wanted to know.

This is a psychological thriller full of twists and turns. I really like the way the story is laid out. The start of each chapter has Hailey speaking to us, followed by a trip to the events of the past to tell us the story.

I was easily sucked into Hailey’s world of politics and privilege. I didn’t know who to trust, but I trusted Hailey because she was the one telling the story. The mystery of who did what and why had me eagerly turning the pages. But after the halfway point there is a change in the story. A change of location and a change of pace that had me thinking there weren’t enough pages left for this story to unfold. Disappointingly, I felt like the last portion of the story was rushed and the event skipped over. Even so, still engaged.

As soon as I got to the end of A Perfect Lie I wanted to go back and read it again. Partly because I felt the last chapter was supposed to be some big reveal and no matter how many times I read it, I feel like I missed something, something important. Overall though, I really enjoyed reading A Perfect Lie and if you like twisty stories, I think you’ll enjoy this one, I did.

Lisa Renee Jones is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out series; the Dirty Money series; the White Lies duet; the Tall, Dark, and Deadly series; and The Secret Life of Amy Benson series. Murder Notes is the first book in the Lilah Love series.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Perfect Lie by Lisa Renee Jones to read and review.

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