Her Perfect Life by Rebecca Taylor


EXCERPT: ‘Tell me a story, Clare.’

Her eyes flew open, the sound of Adam’s voice still clear in her mind, but also, it was as if she had heard it in the room. His sound, his exact pitch and tone, the lifetime she’d lived with that voice – the eternity it had been since she’d heard it.

‘Adam?’ she whispered into the room. Only the sound of her own heart rushing in her ears answered her. Twenty years. In a few months, it will have been twenty years since that night. The thumb of her left hand pressed against his ring on her finger.

She opened the journal and stared down into her eleven-year-old handwriting. Looking at the loopy and irregular, slightly wild cursive that had improved only a little in the last twenty-seven years, Clare read the first line she’d ever put down into the world.

‘Mama said Daddy isn’t coming home.’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Reclusive Clare Collins crafts her novels like she crafts her life: perfectly. So the world is stunned when the famous author is found dead on the beach from a self-inflicted gunshot — the morning after her latest book hits the shelves.

Her sister, Eileen, is at a loss. Clare led a charmed life: success, mansions, money…why would she throw it all away? But while reading through her sister’s latest—and greatest—novel, Eileen discovers a clue that unravels the fiction and reveals the painful truth. Suddenly, the life that Eileen had envied doesn’t seem so sparkling . . .

MY THOUGHTS: You know those days when you’ve forgotten your lunch, so you stop and buy a sandwich out of the cabinet on your way to work, and it looks fine, but by the time you get to it, it’s kind of dried out a little and curling round the edges? That was my experience in reading Her Perfect Life by Rebecca Taylor.

Unfortunately, I didn’t become enthralled or captivated by either the characters or the storyline, which I had figured out early on.

This is a rags to riches story. Small town girl makes good – leaves behind her tragic past and triumphs over it. Only, you know what they say . . . you can run away, but you always take yourself with you.

The two sisters, Clare and Eileen, couldn’t be more different, their only similarity being their artistic talents. Clare is beautiful, talented, a successful writer who churns out a number of bestsellers each year. She is ridiculously wealthy and adored by both her agent husband and her fans. Clare’s daily life is filled with stillness and silence, her mansion home reflecting this. She is also complicated and secretive. A mystery. She keeps her life carefully compartmentalised. ‘To know Clare, truly, was to accept the fact that you couldn’t ever know what was swirling beneath her beautiful surface.’ And this is, perhaps, her greatest attraction.

Eileen’s life is constant chaos. It’s filled with her children, her dogs, her phone and her husband. She struggles to make a living as a photographer, relying on taking family portraits to keep afloat. She is an open book.

The two sisters have never really understood one another and, as a result, have never been close.

The story is told by both Clare, narrating the years that led to her suicide, and Eileen, coping with the aftermath of Clare’s death while also dealing with issues of her own.

This is a quick, easy read, but for me it wasn’t a satisfying one.


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‘Time hated her – and it was clearly personal.’

THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Taylor lives in sunny Colorado with her husband, two teens, and two tragically spoiled dogs. Her Perfect Life is her debut novel.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Sourcebooks, Landmark for providing a digital ARC of Her Perfect Life by Rebecca Taylor for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbler. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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