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Perfect Liars

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  718 ratings  ·  115 reviews
They have it all. And they’ll do anything to keep it that way.

For fans of The Girlfriend and Liane Moriarty as well as TV hits Doctor Foster and The Replacement.

Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila did something unspeakable. Their crime forged an unbreakable bond between them, a bond of silence. But now, one of them wants to talk.

One wrong word and every
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Corgi
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Kylie D
"You do realize," he had said to her once, years ago, "that you are actually supposed to like your friends?"

This is a story of three school friends, Nancy, Georgia and Lila. It's set both in the past during their school days and in the present, when they all get together at Georgia's house with their significant others for a dinner party. Yet they clearly don't like each other. Georgia and Nancy spend the whole evening sniping and trying to outdo each other, while Lila does what Lila does best,
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was an interesting and compelling debut from journalist Rebecca Reid. Based around the lives and secrets shared by boarding school friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila. Each character is incredibly unlikeable, and they do fit the cookie cutter mould of pretentious, entitled, spoiled young women, exactly what you expect in a book surrounding boarding school goings on, so in a lot of ways the characters are stereotypical and superficial. That said, it didn't make the story any less enjoyable ...more
Mandy White
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Perfect Liars was like a horrific train wreck that you just can't look away from. Such nasty characters, especially Nancy that are just so unlikeable and their toxic friendship.. but you just have to keep reading. I read this in 2 sessions, I was dying to know what they were lying about and how they got away with it.

16 years ago at an elite English boarding school 3 teenage girls did something unspeakable that sealed their bond. Nancy, Lila and Georgina have kept their secret all this time, but
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Where to begin? And how to review this book.....
This is an unnerving story about 3 women, Nancy, Georgia and Lila and years after being party to something terrible all meet at a dinner party as one of them is close to giving the secret away
Pretty standard fare of a psychological thriller? Oh its all there, the intrigue, the back story, their partners who are at the dinner party and the ‘terrible thing’ that happened and why one of them wants to ‘come clean’, like I say everything you sit ( or li
Liz Barnsley
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfect Liars is a perfect tale of toxic friendship, made more so by the fact that they all have something to hide…
I really enjoyed this- I love a past/present narrative especially when the past includes school days. None of the three friends are particularly likeable which makes it even better and the tale is gorgeously twisty and full of edgy and intriguing interpersonal relationships.
Its an interesting vibe as you cannot imagine these women being friends if they didn’t have the past event hol
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfect Liars is Rebecca Reid’s debut novel centred around the rather odd and extremely toxic friendship between Nancy, Georgia and Lila. It reminded me a little of Liane Moriarty and that’s never a bad thing in my book.

Nancy, Georgia and Lila met at boarding school when they were eleven years old. The three of them are very different. Nancy comes from a privileged background and seems to have it all, Lila is adjusting to a new stepmother and Georgia is at the school on a scholarship. They have
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was quite a good read! Very unfortunate that it's compared to Big Little Lies on the tagline - those two books have completely different tones.
Full review soon!
Joanne Robertson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I obviously have a “type” of book that I find rather juicy as Perfect Liars is also a book with unsavoury and unlikeable characters! But this time in a book that shows the nasty side of female friendships showing that, unfortunately, it’s not just at school that women develop toxic relationships with their peers! The tagline on this book should really be “With friends like these….”

Old school “friends” Lila, Georgia and Nancy are having a dinner party at Georgias house. Nancy has flown in from th
Rachel Hall
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Lightweight psycho thriller of toxic friendships that falls apart in the second half (with added histrionics)!

Journalist Rebecca Reid’s debut novel centres on a trio of frenemies bound by their dark pasts and compelled to uphold the pretence of their friendship to ensure their shared secret remains undisclosed for fear of its implications. Sixteen years after they all left prestigious Fairbridge Hall boarding school, Georgia, Lila and Nancy are still in contact and integral to each other’s lives
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three friends are forever bonded by something terrible that happened fifteen years earlier at boarding school - something which is destined to come back to haunt them in the present day. So far, so standard psychological thriller territory.

Except Georgia, Nancy and Lila aren’t bonded at all, or at least not in any kind of remotely positive way - in fact, they seem to thoroughly hate each other. Their “friendship” is about as dysfunctional as it’s possible to get, characterised by passive-aggres
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished this book and what a read it was! Utterly gripping, page turning and full of suspense. Simply brilliant.
Perfect Liars was hugely compelling. I wasn't able to put it down for very long and each time I did, I was constantly thinking about the characters and what was in store for them next. It's well written, believable and kept me guessing . Would definitely read more from this author.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I really enjoyed this book, although I didn’t like the characters very much. The two different time frames were interesting in that the reader got to really understand how the three girls became the women they would be as adults. The boarding school pages were far easier to read for me, the adult versions of all three girls were just not particularly nice. The ending left me with a feeling of “is that it?” though, which was a shame. #NetGalley
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New voices: Read a debut novel.

Yaawn. This was yet another miss for me. I keep looking for captivating thrillers that will glue me to the page, but most of them glue my eyes shut instead.

Perfect liars: Jumping between now and then, we learn the story of how three friends got to share a secret, and how it frays them when the secret is close to spilling.

Except that these people are not friends. Honestly, I've had some fucked up friendships, but I do not get
Listened to in audio format.

Georgia was from a working class family when she won a scholarship to prestigious Fairfield Hall boarding school. At the school she became best friends with wealthy Lila and Nancy. During sixth form the girls were involved in a tragedy during a camping trip that affected their adult lives.

Sixteen years later Georgia was happily married to Charlie an up and coming MP. Nancy was living in Boston and had a toy boy called Brett. Lila was married to Roo and had recently ha
Emma Curtis
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this tale of three frenemies entertaining and compelling. Georgia, Nancy and Lila get together for a dinner party despite the fact that the relationship that started at school is fractured to say the least. I loved both the present action of the dinner party – a clever framework - and the events in the past, equally enthralling. The character that comes off best is Brett, Nancy's tolerant fiancé. The rest are equally flawed. Very enjoyable.
Renita D'Silva
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Keeps you guessing
Molly Moore
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firstly thank you to #NetGalley for the advanced e-copy of this book. I have read lots of what Rebecca has written as a journalist, I also love a psychological thriller and so was excited and intrigued to get my hands on a copy of her book.

I devoured this book in 2 days. Staying up until 2.30am on Monday morning to finish it because I just had to know. That is a sign of a good book in my opinion.

There is not a likable character in this story though. The three main characters, Georgia, Lila and
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
I must thank netgalley for the advanced copy of this book. I started this not quite knowing what to expect and not sure if I would enjoy it.
I found it to be fantastic! Based around 3 girlfriends, who have known each other from boarding school and the story is written by flitting from the past then the present, every chapter being either past or present. They seem to love to hate each other and are all as pretentious as each other in their own ways. There is a secret holding them together as we
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic read!

Most part of the novel takes place at a dinner party one evening, with flashbacks to earlier years when the main characters were at a boarding school.

The story itself flows beautifully and was very gripping. I really enjoyed reading this!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfect Liars is the perfect antidote for anyone who thinks they might want more friends!

Georgia, Nancy and Lila are some of the most odious characters I’ve come across in a long while: not Hannibal Lecter-level, like, just hideously manipulative and unpleasant human beings! That’s not a criticism: Rebecca Reid has crafted them brilliantly.

I would hope that most people reading this have much better relationships with their friends than those depicted here (if you don’t, you have my sympathies) s
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Liars was a brilliant twisty novel that had me hooked. It starts with a funeral of an unnamed person. You don’t find out who they are until the end. The rest of the novel is dual time frame with 3 different narrators. I don’t think there will be many readers who like all of them.
I will describe my feelings about each of the three but will keep their identity private, to reveal too much will spoil the read. One of them I quite liked, I understood her a lot more than the others and definit
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really don’t like giving such a low rating to a book that someone has put their heart and soul into but this one was not for me, though I acknowledge I’m in the minority of reviewers. It didn’t draw me in to the storyline and I found the characters to be one dimensional and stereotypical. There was what I felt to be over detail and I found myself zoning out. I’m sorry to say I gave up as it really wasn’t my cup of tea!
Katherine Sunderland
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
So this is about three school friends, Lila, Nancy and Georgia who met at an elite boarding school in the English countryside. Now in their thirties, they have all since grown up and tried to move forward chasing the lives they wanted, but it's hard to move on when you are haunted by an incident from your past - haunted by something unspeakable that happened at school and forged an unbreakable bond between them. Now one of them wants to talk and this threatens everything they've worked so hard t ...more
Nicola Smith
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all, if you need to like at least some of the characters in the books you read then Perfect Liars is probably not going to be for you. I don't think I have read a book where all the major players are so loathsome and unpleasant. However, don't think for one minute that that means I didn't like it. I guess I don't need to like the characters as long as the story is strong as I absolutely loved this book.

The story centres around three women: Nancy, Lila and Georgia, and around two specifi
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Nancy, Lila and Georgia are old school friends that go way back to their time at boarding school. Something happened to them whilst at 6th form that will tie them together forever.

Flashing forward to the present day Georgia has invited her old school friends round for a dinner party (with Nancy travelling from the US with her new fiancé) as she's worried that Lila seems to be unravelling with the heavy weight of the burden that they all took on as school girls. Can Nancy and Georgia help her? Or
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of three school friends; Lila, George and Nancy; something from the past linked them together and now is time to meet again. Will their friendship survive their past?
I really liked this story but at the same time it was strange, how can you dislike your best friends? You have to admit is quite weird, these three woman will spend a night together after two years without seeing each other and instead of being happy and enjoy their time together they are trying to stab each other
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I completely love a book that will sneak up out of nowhere and then knock your socks off, which is exactly what Perfect Liars did. I flew through this book in one delicious sitting - its one of those stories that you dive into and realize halfway through you aren't going to be able to set back down until the mystery is unravelled.

Moving between a present day dinner party and sixteen years prior, when three friends did something unspeakable, the tension is ratcheted to ten from the very start. G
Cheryl M-M
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Georgia, Lila and Nancy share memories, experiences at boarding school, friendship and they also share a very tragic secret. The kind of secret that changes and influences lives. The kind of secret that may make you question whether your friends stay in touch because they care about you or keep in touch to make sure their secret stays hidden.

The relationships between the three of them are driven by their upbringing, their new socio-economic statuses and their dominant personalities. Their intera
Teagan C.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Perfect Liars is not a novel for the faint of heart. It's not for readers who dislike stories with unlikable characters. Almost every character is unlikable, even irredeemable. They are manipulative, secretive, emotionally destructive, alcoholic, dependent, and sometimes greedy, sly, and immoral. Reid has done a remarkable job of writing these characters as fully-fleshed human beings. They may be unlikable, but they are also very
Laurie Ellingham
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing and brilliant!! Perfect Liars delves into the darker side of female friendship and the lives of three women tied together by their past. A very refreshing psychological suspense and an outstanding debut.
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