One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"Scottoline keeps the pace relentless as she drops a looming threat into the heart of an idyllic suburban community, causing readers to hold their breath in anticipation." - Booklist

"Readers can be assured that the author nails the high school milieu, from athletic rivalries to sexting...they're in for one thrilling ride." -Kirkus Reviews

"Entertaining...This fast-paced read culminates in a daring chase that would play well on the big screen." - Publishers Weekly

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz's father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Jordan's baseball games. But Jordan is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon's wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn't know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her - secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won't soon forget.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250099563
Branch Call Number: FIC Scott
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm

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bridgetmf
Oct 01, 2017

Thought Part 1 was intriguing, but by the ending I was disappointed by the far fetched implausibility of how the book ended.

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kdangle
Sep 22, 2017

This was a quick read, but I wouldn't spend my time on it if I could have a "do over."
It was truly written for those that have mastered suspension of disbelief when reading.

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Cn1234
Aug 31, 2017

Do NOT waste your time on this book. I couldn't even finish it.... One of the worst books I have ever read.....

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McAnnieG
Aug 28, 2017

Part One: We meet Chris Brennan, Central Valley HS's newest Government Studies teacher and varsity baseball assistant coach. Except his real name is Curt Abbott and he's interested in which of his students can be turned into a terrorist bomber. (Excellent)
Part Two: We learn who Curt Abbott really is and how he's manipulating CVHS staff and the parents of the boys he has targeted and why. (Interesting)
Part Three: As the bombing countdown has begun, just how far will Chris/Curt go when up against all the alphabet agencies and his own bosses. (Thrilling until the end......then.....not)

If you like True Lies (movie) and Happy Ever After stories then this would bring a better rating. I found the ending so 'off' that I still can't figure out what Ms Scottoline was thinking!

Nail biter until the end.

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zoethedog
Aug 08, 2017

One of the worst books I have ever read. Totally far fetched plots and poorly written with excessive descriptions.

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cfullinwider
Aug 06, 2017

Really enjoyed book...fairly predictable ending, but didn't know so until end....

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Butterfly121761
Aug 01, 2017

Part 1 was exciting and then I hit Part 2 and was REALLY????? I decided to plow through even though I was disappointed. While it didn't keep me glued to the story or on the edge of my seat, it did keep me turning the pages.

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pharra19
Jul 29, 2017

The story races along at breakneck speed, making you want to turn the pages faster to find out what happens.
Despite some obvious gaping holes in the plot, it was a very good read!

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Libbyann1
Jul 23, 2017

The book began well but but the author did no stay true to the theme. After the plot was revealed, the story went downhill and was never actually resolved.
The dialogue was forced and didn't add anything to the story.

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Eil_1
Jul 14, 2017

Rented this because I've thoroughly enjoyed Scottoline's books. It began and continued to be an engrossing story. The plot and characters came alive and I found it to be a real page-turner! Without wanting to give anything away, I found the conclusion to be somewhat contrived. Nevertheless, I did like the book.

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