Perfect Girls by Alison James

Perfect Girls by Alison  James

EXCERPT: It’s all so easy. The website had promised ‘a super-slick check-in process’, and it is.

A message with the address and directions arrives twenty-four hours in advance, and another suggests an arrival time, stressing that this is negotiable. On the day, there’s a quick hello, a mention of a couple of important things to remember, handover of a printed list of instructions and a set of keys, rounded off with wishes for a pleasant stay and the promise of help being at the end of the phone.

It really is that simple.

The next part is just as simple too. The blow from behind is quick and clean; its deadly trajectory neither seen nor heard. A reverberating aftershock follows, the temporal lag of realisation that this has actually just happened. That this is all it takes; the work of less than three seconds. Grab. Swing. Strike.


ABOUT THIS BOOK: Phoebe. Tiffany. Melissa. They all made one little mistake…

When twenty-five-year-old Phoebe Stiles opens the door to her perfect apartment she doesn’t realise it’s the mistake that will kill her…

The body of the beautiful English girl is discovered months later – dumped behind the back of a department store. But who was the stranger she let into the safety of her home?

As Detective Rachel Prince pieces together the mystery surrounding Phoebe’s death, another young, blonde girl is found brutally murdered and abandoned in the grounds of an old theatre.

In the most dangerous case of her career, Rachel must track down the faceless individual to stop the body count rising. But to uncover the shocking truth, Rachel has to put herself at risk… can she catch the twisted killer, before they catch her?

MY THOUGHTS: I was hooked by the end of chapter one. And the tension really never let up. I had read the first book in the series, Lola Is Missing, but somehow managed to miss the second. Silly of me for not paying attention! But it hasn’t impacted at all on my enjoyment of Perfect Girls. And enjoy this I did.

Perfect Girls is a fast-paced read with plenty of action, although there are a few occasions when the reader is required to suspend belief, hence the four stars rather than five.

I like that Rachel is a well rounded character, with faults, but without the major hang-ups that so many leading female protagonists seem to be saddled with. She is stubborn, but has a sense of humor, and of the ridiculous, which I enjoy. I also enjoy the friendship between Rachel and Mark, but really don’t want to see this develop into a romance. So far it hasn’t, and fingers crossed it never will.

This series is definitely worth reading, and I look forward to the next in the series. I am going to find a copy of Now She’s Gone, the second book in the series, because I really don’t want to miss out on anything.

Although this is a series, each book that I have read can easily be read as a stand-alone.


THE AUTHOR: I was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of my formative years abroad. I studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after my two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, I worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Perfect Girls by Alison James for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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