Heidi Perks - Three Perfect Liars
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When Laura returns to her job after six month of maternity leave, she expects Mia, who substituted her in this time, to be gone. Yet, the young woman is still there, at Laura’s desk and with Laura’s most valuable customer and: she got a permanent contract. Laura is furious and soon convinced that there is something wrong with th... When Laura returns to her job after six month of maternity leave, she expects Mia, who substituted her in this time, to be gone. Yet, the young woman is still there, at Laura’s desk and with Laura’s most valuable customer and: she got a permanent contract. Laura is furious and soon convinced that there is something wrong with that seemingly sympathetic colleague who makes friends with everybody easily. The more Laura digs into it, the more paranoid she gets, neglecting her husband and young son, her mind only circulating around how to dethrone the enemy. Mia actually has something to hide and yes, there was a reason why she rushed to this rural area and wanted explicitly to work in this company. Janie, Laura and Mia’s boss Harry’s wife, on the contrary, is a full time mom and at the moment totally frustrated. It is not just that she has given up a splendid career, something is nagging on her and slowly destroying her marriage. When one evening, the offices burn down, all three of them seem to have had good reasons to destroy the company. But, did they also count on killing somebody inside the building? Heidi Perks’s mystery is a marvellous story which hooked me immediately and keep me reading on as soon as I had started. Three female protagonists are very different from each other and hard to see through at the beginning. But the more you see them interact with each other, the more suspicious you get and while I was reading, I was constantly shifting sympathies since every piece of information added to the picture and slightly changed it. At first, I felt compassionate for Laura. Coming back after months at home now struggling with her new role as mother and having a career at the same time. Her husband’s constant criticism – even though completely justified – and having somebody younger and attractive stealing her post while her boss lacked supporting her: I could easily understand why she felt like losing all confidence in herself and increasingly getting obsessed with Mia. I didn’t really like the later at first, mainly due to the fact that she was presented through Laura’s point of view, she seemed like an intruder with evil intentions. Yet, there was also another side which she kept from the office and which told an entirely different story. I didn’t know what to do with Janie, was it just lamenting at a very high level? Having a wonderful family and lots of money, what did she have to complain about? It was herself who suggested giving up her career. She was certainly the character least tangible of the three and her motives of ending her marriage remained quite blurry until the end. A brilliantly crafted plot with a very female and perfidious fight between the three. There was also something really tragic about the story when the motives were finally revealed which kept me pondering about the fact that how easily you put together an allegedly coherent picture of a person or a situation while you might be totally wrong.
Three Perfect Liars
from the author of Richard & Judy bestseller Now You See Her
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***THE UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NOW YOU SEE HER***
'Slick, gripping and compelling. I couldn't put it down' LISA JEWELL
GOSSIP SPREADS FAST.
LIES CAN BE TOXIC.
SECRETS CAN KILL.
When Laura returns from maternity leave to work in a marketing agency, something isn't right.
Mia was only supposed to be temporary cover for Laura, but now she's staying permanently. Struggling with the burdens of work and motherhood, Laura starts to feel her life is slipping away.
Then comes the fire - gutting the agency's offices - and the body pulled out of the wreckage.
The police want to talk to three women.
There's Janie, utterly devoted wife to the CEO.
There's Mia, the agency's bright new talent.
And there's Laura, a loyal employee of many years.
Their lives might look perfect from the outside.
But their secrets won't stay hidden forever...
'It Heidi Perks's understanding of different types of women, and the fact that office politics is so often just a brutal playground for acting out unresolved issues at home, that makes this a winner' DAILY MAIL
Praise for Three Perfect Liars:
'Vivid ... well observed ... a winner' DAILY MAIL
'Simmering tensions and double crossings will have you racing to the dramatic finale' SUNDAY MIRROR
'This tense and tight thriller builds to an explosive conclusion' BEST
'Highly addictive and thrilling' HEAT
Readers love Heidi's thrillers:
'This is a read not to be missed!!!'
'Family secrets, mystery and intrigue. This is the perfect book that won't disappoint'
'This is one of those books that you start to read and right from the outset it becomes completely addictive.'
'You find yourself unable to trust anyone!'
'A surprising plot and lots of twists with interesting characters. I loved the writing style and the setting of the story'
'Easily the best thriller I've read in a long time'
'Lots of twists and turns, guaranteed page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end'
'The ending took me by surprise'
'Couldn't put this one down - just one more chapter became something of a mantra!'
'I loved the book and the fact it kept me guessing till the end'
Heidi Perks worked as a marketing director before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer. Her first novel,
Now You See Her, was a
Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Heidi is a voracious reader of crime fiction and thrillers and endlessly interested in what makes people tick. She lives in Bournemouth with her family, where she writing her next thriller.