One Perfect Lie
Chris Brennan has an impeccable resume and his references check out. He is applying for a job as a high-school teacher. He’s ready to step in as assistant baseball coach, too. What could possibly go wrong?
Susan’s son is the star pitcher of his baseball team. But after the recent death of his dad, Susan fears ...more
He did not actually get the truck. He was just checking into where he would get one and/how.... and if anyone would be willing to…more *spoiler alert!*
He did not actually get the truck. He was just checking into where he would get one and/how.... and if anyone would be willing to rent to a kid under the age of 18. I think he was trying to determine if someone could rent a truck from either location. It was misleading and I did not like how at one point he seems like the one who will be bombing the place and then at another he is suddenly a good guy. I agree it was done to mislead the reader and throw in more twists in the story but it was not very smooth in the transition. (less) (hide spoiler)]
Lisa Scottoline has written some of my favorite books. I was really looking forward to reading "One Perfect Lie" After reading the book description, I was very intrigued. After reading the first page, I knew I was going to have a hard time putting this book down. If real life hadn't gotten in the way I probably could have read this in one or two sittings.
Chris Brennan is applying for a teaching job at Central Valley high ...more
I’d like to start off by saying how much adoration and respect I have for Lisa Scottoline. She is uber successful, writing multiple books a year with thousands upon thousands of followers and fans, all while being completely approachable and down to earth. She’s also a super huge advocate for animals; I know, she’s perfect, right? When I had just begun to get my baby of a blog off the ground last May, I was struggling with attempts to make connections with authors and publishers, as we ...more
Chris Brennan (AKA Curt Abbott) arrives in small-town Pennsylvania with the goal of embedding himself into the community. Under the guise of both high school teacher and baseball coach, he now has the opportunity to befriend one of his students to assist him. But to assist him in what exactly? Something sinister?
Up to this point I kept wondering what possible diabolical plot he could be cooking up in Pennsylvania. Blow up ...more
Whilst Brennan has ...more
One Perfect Lie has many secrets and lies and the most perfect one is the one you tell yourself. I enjoyed the characters in this story and their perfect lies and secrets There is a lot going on in this story. It has a mystery, suspense, crime, little romance and lots of drama. The kind of suspense and drama that provides me with an escape, quiets my mind and kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. Sometimes that's all I need.
This is my first book by Lisa Scottoline and I will be ...more
Where to start? I guess the beginning would make sense, and let me also say, I do enjoy a Lisa Scottoline read.
The first few chapters pulled me in "hook, line and ...... ah, but alas, the "sinker" was lacking. As I read through the pages, I was begging for some red meat to sink my teeth into. The twists and turns of the plot line were finally on full display around the 50% mark and I became totally intrigued.
Soon there after, I felt I was in the midst of a soap opera followed by a syfy ...more
Trio of friends Raz, Evan and Jordan were obviously close – it was also clear to Chris that Evan was the leader in their little group; Raz was the trouble maker and Jordan a ...more
This stand alone novel by veteran author, Lisa Scottoline shines the spotlight on the sad and dark secrets behind the closed doors of the seemingly ideal community of Central Valley.
Chris, the new high school teacher and baseball coach is a consummate liar and has everyone in Central Valley misled, from the faculty, the students, and their parents.
Susan, mother to Raz, is a recent widow struggling with intense grief ...more
I am a huge fan of Lisa Scottoline. I have read many of her books and praised them all equally, and was over the moon to receive a copy of her new novel, “One Perfect Lie”.
In “Lie”, a handsome stranger moves into a small community, taking up a position as a teacher and baseball coach at the local high school. However, we quickly find out that this stranger (let’s ...more
I know that it is going to seem like I am being secretive about the plot, but the less you know ...more
Jordan, Evan and Raz are friends with each other and they play for school’s baseball team. Jordan’s mother, Heather, is a single mother. She is a waitress and she hates it. She is proud of her son. Jordan is a quiet and shy boy.
Mindy, Evan’s mother, is a wife to a surgeon. Their life is a beautiful and perfect but just from afar. They are rich. Her husband’s and Evan’s secrets are bothering her. So one day when she gets really angry, she decides to confront them but the things that she ...more
Nonstop Action kept me on the edge of my seat. My favorite place. Lisa Scottoline painted a doomsday scenario that loomed over America. A terrorist attack of epic proportion that could result in the death of thousands. Too real to imagine. An uncanny plot unfolded before my eyes that moved me in a fearful way. This superbly written narrative gained momentum from the ...more
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I have been a fan of Lisa Scottoline ever since I read “Every Fifteen Minutes” one of my all time favorite thrillers. I like her stand alone novels the best and “The Perfect Lie” is a great one. This book has something for everyone, great character development, a twisty thriller, even some romance thrown in.
The story begins introducing us to Chris who has just accepted a position as teacher and coach at a high school outside of ...more
Chris Brennan is a liar. He's just moved to town, and applying to become a coach and teacher at a high school. His references are perfect. He's handsome and friendly. He's well-spoken. It's all a carefully crafted lie.
It's soon very clear that Chris is observing the young men ...more
A twisty suburban domestic crime thriller, keeping you on the edge-of-your-seat, classic Scottoline style.
“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others." — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Chris Brennan is applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he is not forthcoming about his past. He had ...more
Chris Brennan is a big fat liar. Everything from his name to his resume to where he grew up is a lie. After applying for a teaching position at Central Valley High School, he is called in for an interview with the principal. He’s charming and eloquent, winning her over and getting the job, not just as a teacher but also as an assistant baseball coach. He goes above and beyond to ingratiate himself with the students and faculty, easily ...more
I really don't understand the high ratings, but - and it's a big but - this is a well-known, best-selling writer, with, most likely a huge fan base. Even so, I bet this is not considered one of her better books.
Dull characters, mundane situations, and an under-suspenseful plot. I kept waiting, waiting...
Several yawns later, not much has happened. A substitute teacher with a possibly nefarious plot in mind moves into a small, rural town in ...more
There are three boys he focuses on, and thus, three stories of mothers and sons and their complex relationships.
This novel gets more fast-paced and exciting the more you read, with all the twists and turns of ...more
― Lisa Scottoline, One Perfect Lie
One Perfect Lie is also one perfectly fun read.
The first sentence basically introduces us to Chris, the mysterious new athletic coach at a school in small town Pennsylvania. And warns the reader that everything we know and will learn about him is a complete and total lie. He isn't who he says he is. This is all in the first few SENTENCES!
It is great story telling ...more
There are so many twists and turns I don't know how I can do this novel justice whilst keeping them a secret.
Chris Brennan takes on a new position as a high school teacher and varsity baseball coach in Central Valley, Philadelphia. Everybody loves Chris! Especially the young, easily-lead boys on the baseball team. Little do the boys and their families know they are all just a pawn in the deceptive and ...more
Chris isn’t the only one ...more
April 11, 2017; St. Martin’s Press
I still remember my first Lisa Scottoline novel, The Vendetta Defense, which is the sixth book in the Rosato and Associates series. I loved the main character, Judy Carrier in the legal drama as much as I enjoyed the story and the quirky secondary characters. While the novels in the series are serious for the most part, there is a slight bit of humour that makes it endearing and realistic. As soon as I finished The Vendetta Defense I decided I ...more
Would have been such a good book if not for the preposterous ending!
So let's get the ending out of the way first before I have a stroke about it. Honestly, other than being a bit predictable (which I'll get to later), I was really enjoying this book, but then it was like the author thought she had to write some big Hollywood blockbuster of a climax. All she ended up doing was writing something that so completely stretched the bounds of reality that I suddenly realized I had left "reality-based"
We learn why about half-way through the book when the suspense intensifies with a big twist. At this point I was turning pages quickly to find out what happens.
I truly enjoyed this latest book by Lisa ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I have to say that there were a few surprises along the way in this story and I really like surprises. Especially in books. I started reading this book thinking that things were going in a certain direction until everything changed and I had no idea where this book would end up. That is exactly the kind of reading experience that I like to have. This was one of those books that kept me guessing.
The book is divided into two parts, Step one where Chris bonds with the community and Step two where his reasons and master plan is explained. Along with Chris’s story we get involved with the three boys ...more
I just checked on my status updates, and all it reminded me of was how annoyed the author kept calling helicopters 'helos'. I wondered, was I missing anything?
I didn't love it, but did enjoy it more than the only other book I've read from this author. I do like a bit of romance thrown in with suspense though, I have to say!
Thanks to St. Martins press for this copy in exchange for review.