#BookReview : A Perfect Girl by @GillyMacmillan @PiatkusBooks

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To everyone who knows her now, Zoe Maisey - child genius, musical sensation - is perfect. Yet several years ago Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time, and now she's free.
Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life.
By midnight, her mother is dead.
The Perfect Girl is an intricate exploration into the mind of a teenager burdened by brilliance, and a past that she cannot leave behind.


Review:


The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan was a beautifully crafted story. 

It is a rich and enticing story of how one mistake can turn yours and your wider community’s world upside down and leave you feeling lost, alone and scared. 
Zoe Maiseya young teenage girl trying to find her way in the world and tread through the minefield of friendships and relationships, is at a school where others believe she should not be. 

It was night and whilst out with her ‘friends’ a terrible and fatal accident occurred. Lives were lost and Zoe, who had been driving was found guilty of causing their deaths. 

You can never be sure of what really happened that night, but for Zoe the truth never came out and she never got to prove her innocence. 
Zoe went to a detention centre where she served her sentence before being released. 

Zoe’s family broke down because of the trauma and her parents split up. Her dad believed she should have accepted responsibility, whilst her mother wanted her to defend herself and prove her innocence. 

On Zoe’s release she went to live with her mum, near her Aunty and her husband. This was to be the start of a new life for her and her mum. 
In time Zoes mum met a new man and they married. Her husband, Chris had a son from a previous marriage.
  
It was this relationship that Zoe was told that she could now have the perfect life. Nothing was to sully it and so Zoe’s previous life was never to be discussed. 

Zoe is an amazing pianist and the story begins with her playing at a recital; her first since being released. It is at that recital, in that church, that Zoe’s world turns upside down again. 

There are many layers to this story and just as you think you have it worked out Gilly Macmillan brings in another element that keeps you hooked and intrigued as to what is happening. 

Is there such a thing as a perfect life? A perfect girl? At what cost to you, your family and your friends can you make it possible? 

I like things to be right and done to the best of my abilities, but to say I was perfect (which I might occasionally in private say) would place far too much pressure on myself and others. 

I envisage to have a perfect world and perfect life would require you to give so much of yourself, to give up so much of yourself and after reading this I still believe that. 

The story is told from Zoe’s and her family’s point of view over the course of a few days and this keeps it fresh, exciting and difficult to put down! 
This book offers you romance, death, murder, suspense, love, hate and intrigue; something for everyone. 

I have been left with a desire to know more about Zoe; perhaps a prequel to lead you through what really happened that fateful night, or a sequel to know what life throws at Zoe once she is an adult. 
There was so much more to learn and read about Zoe and that goes to the credit of Gilly Macmillan. 

I have not read Gilly’s debut novel Burnt Paper Sky but this is now on my to read list after the success of The Perfect Girl. 

Rating:

★★★★★ 

This review was written by Hannah. Follow her on Twitter.


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