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Saturday, April 15, 2017

(33)One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Central Valley High School has a new baseball coach.  Chris Brennan was hired to teach Government and be an assistant coach on the baseball team. The kids take to him right away, but he seems to be paying special attention to just a few of the kids.  Jordan is the only child of a single mom, Evan is the spoiled son of a wealthy family, and Raz just lost his father to cancer.  All three boys have good reason to seek out a father figure like Chris.  But Chris is hiding some pretty big secrets that could put tall of them in jeopardy.  He is not who he says he is.  He is hiding a secret that will turn the small school upside down if it is revealed. What is Chris's secret and what will happen to the small community when Chris's real identity is revealed.

One Perfect Lie was a fast-paced mystery novel.  The author did a great job of keeping the reader in the dark regarding Chris's secret.  I really didn't know where the story was going, but then when the secret was revealed it made complete sense.  The other characters in the book were interesting, but not like Chris.  I think Evan's mom was the most interesting to me.  She was not about to sit by when she thought her spoiled son had done wrong and I liked her fesitiness.   Once Chris's secret is revealed the book seemed to race to a conclusion that wrapped things up nicely.  -- CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS

Bottom line - Lisa Scottoline is a master at her craft.  Whether it is a legal thriller, a book of essays written with her daughter, or a stand-alone mystery, she knows how to craft a story that will keep the reader engaged right up to the very last page.