Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

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Synopsis: Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

 

Author: Karen Hamilton

Title: The Perfect Girlfriend

Publisher: Headline

Date: 2018

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After being part of the cover reveal for The Perfect Girlfriend last year, I was looking forward to reading the book. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but let me just say…

…This book blew me away!

I have never sat there in such stunned disbelief, staring agape at my kindle, unable to believe just how twisted this character is. The things she did, the things she planned, all in the name of love… Creepy does not begin to cover it!

I’m being very cautious writing this review. The best bit about the book is that I literally had no idea what was going to come next, if the character(s) were going to get away with it or what the final outcome was going to be. It gripped my attention in a vice and kept tightening the screws. I won’t ruin the reading experience for anyone else.

Being with Nate was as though I’d begun a homeward-bound train journey, only to be booted off halfway through, on a winter’s night, and instructed to reach my destination on a series of replacement buses.

Juliette is the most messed up, twisted character I think I’ve ever read. I had a very strange love/hate relationship with her. She’s the main character and the view point that the reader follows. She’s not evil, she’s not cruel – not deliberately, anyway – and yet I’m sure her humanity got lost somewhere on the way. I want to say she’s irrational and crazy, but that’s just it…she’s not. She thinks everything through, plans meticulously and plays the long game.

She has qualities (other than manipulation) and she cares deeply (who else takes a spare key of a new friend, just so they can go and tidy the towels while said friend is away?). You can’t connect with her on an empathetic level (at least, I hope for your sake, you can’t!), but at the same time, this is her story and you want to know the outcome.

Like I said, you love to hate her.

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It took me a couple of chapters before I really got into the book, as initially you don’t realise what is going on. In retrospect, the gradual unravelling of the scale of what is going on is cleverly done – just as the pace/tension eases up, you find out something else. However, stick with it if you aren’t initially grabbed in chapter one because you are going to be in for a heck of a ride.

The pacing is good and the tension builds. Despite dramatic events that happen at the end of the book, the tension peaks for me a little before that, when Juliette takes things to the extreme in Vegas. It’s from that moment on that I spend the rest of the book in disbelief at how far things are going.

I feel this is a rambling review because I’m trying so hard not to give anything away. My mother had to listen to me ranting every few chapters because I couldn’t work out what was going to happen, or what I wanted to happen.

The Perfect Girlfriend is a mind-twisting, spine-chilling tale of what could happen when love goes wrong. Definitely worth a read!

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