Zoe Maisey is a teenager with a past. A musical genius who is a convicted killer. She made one tragic mistake a few years ago and it nearly destroyed her life. Three of her friends died because of her mistake. Her parents divorced because of her mistake. She did time in the "Unit" because of her mistake. A few years have passed and Zoe is out of the "Unit" and living with her mother and their "Second-Chance Family" in their new home far away from where the accident took place. Zoe has a new Step-Dad, a new Step-Brother, and a new baby sister. performing a recital in her new community with her new step-brother when the father of one of her deceased friends interrupts the concert. The secret that Zoe and Maria have kept from their "Second Chance" are coming to light and jeopardizing all that they have built. And then Zoe wakes up to find that her mother is dead. She is terrified to live a life without the one person who has always been by her side. But worse, what is going to happen to her when the police realize that she is a convicted killer. They wouldn't think that she killed her mother, would they?
The Perfect Girl was one of those books that quickly sucked me in. The author tells the story from various viewpoints. Zoe, both in the past and the present. We get an insight into the accident that destroyed her life. We also get to hear her from Zoe's lawyer, and her aunt Tessa. It makes for an interesting timeline, but one that easily puts you in Zoe's corner. Almost from the beginning, I got bad vibes about the new Step-Dad and Step-Brother. It is revealed that they were keeping their own shocking secrets. Zoe was the most sympathetic character, even with her past, you couldn't help but want to protect her. When the truth is revealed about the night her mom died I was surprised at how Zoe constructed the plan she did. It was a little bit devious but completely brilliant. - CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS -
Bottom line - The Perfect Girl is one of those books that you will read in one sitting. The characters are compelling, the story is gripping, and you can't wait to see what happens in the end.