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Perfect Liars: Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  56 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
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Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: 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,
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Lou
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
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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
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Eva
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
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Mark
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
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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
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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!
Sheri
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
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Denise
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.
Julie
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
Stephanie
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. 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 u
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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
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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
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Laura
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!
Julia
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
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Joanna Beesley
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three ‘so called’ friends from school and university, Georgia, Lila and Nancy, meet up at Georgia’s for a dinner party with their partners. Nancy has flown over from the USA with her new fiancé, Brett, as the request of Georgia as she is worried about Lila.

These are not pleasant women and the story is told from the present day and their sixth form school days at a boarding school. It soon become apparent that Lila may be about to give away some sort of secret from those school days.

Looking back,
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Lydia
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twisty, compulsive, dark and gripping with sharp observations about society, class and the intricacies of female friendship. My one criticism would be that I wanted more detail about how Nancy, Lila and Georgia became friends. I'm no stranger to toxic female friendships and I love to read about them but these women were so vile to each other that I occasionally struggled to believe that they were ever friends in the first place. A little more background about the bonds that held them together wo ...more
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
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Hayley
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
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Maria
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
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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
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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
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Ti.Me
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A trio of self-absorbed boarding school girlfriends reunites in their 20s to deal with an old secret, while their men dumbly look on. Deliciously cold and dark!
Sinéad Kelly
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow what a brilliant book! I loved it and couldn't put it down, brilliant storyline and brilliant characters as well,
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.
Bucks, Books & Beyond
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This for me was an addictive read with some very dark angles. It’s not so much a twist at the end, as the synopsis already implies that one of them dies ‘three women walk in to the dinner, but only two will leave’, but the way the story unfolds that gets you to the end of the dinner party is a twisty path filled with tension!

Very enjoyable writing form this author and a good debut novel. I look forward to reading what she writes next.
Christine Rennie
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the book in exchange for an honest review.
Perfect Liars is the story of three women who meet at boarding school and remain friends bound by a guilty secret. The three main characters are not particularly likeable women and even their partners/ husbands are not especially likeable characters.
It is however an easy to read book.
Christine Rennie
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley

With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the book in exchange for an honest review.
Perfect Liars is the story of three women who meet at boarding school and remain friends bound by a guilty secret. The three main characters are not particularly likeable women and even their partners/ husbands are not especially likeable characters.
It is however an easy to read book.
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