One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie

by Lisa Scottoline
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One Perfect Lie 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for her next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can always count on Lisa Scottoline to deliver a great story with wonderful characters and lots of twists and turns. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Het best book evet. Couldnt stop turning the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another home run!
Anonymous 16 days ago
Great read
Anonymous 7 months ago
Was good couldn't put down it was an easy read enjoyed it
Anonymous 9 months ago
Good story kept me guessing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding!!!! Highly recommend. Warning: be prepared to lose sleep, because you won't be able to stop turning pages!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and exciting
Cynthia181 5 months ago
Intriguing & Thought Provocative I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I was not compensated or required to give a good review. When I started reading this book I started hating the main male character Chris because he was trying to get a teenage boy to help him plant a bomb, but as you start really reading it, you start to like him but then you see the interaction between how each of the boys he working with on his assistant baseball coach looked up to him. Then you get to part 2 and it all comes together. This book makes you think both as American, parent and a decent citizen. When you think about radicals now we forget that we have had a few of our own home grown bad guys who have or still mad how the government does things. We remember 9/11, but lets not forget Oklahoma and loss of life from one of own. This brings it back into the for front. Lets not forget those lost lives also. Thank you Lisa for writing a book that makes you think.
Anonymous 7 months ago
The whole plot was unbelievable.
Chris721 9 months ago
Wow so many twists and turns! What I thought was going on, it wasn't! A great thriller of a book and kept me guessing the entire time! I love Lisa Scottoline's books and this one was no exception! Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good read
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pet1210 More than 1 year ago
My perseverance has finally paid off. Until One Perfect Lie, my experience of books by Lisa Scottoline hadn't been too positive. I read Most Wanted and Every Fifteen Minutes and was disappointed. I REALLY enjoyed One Perfect Lie though. When the protagonist, Chris Brennan, an expert liar, charmed his way into Central Valley High School becoming its new Baseball coach and AP Government teacher and started befriending some of the boys, I was hooked immediately. I loved that sinister perspective. I was pretty much convinced I had the story all figured out. That was until the twist that had me thinking "oh, here we go again, it's going downhill from here." But once I recovered from the complete surprise, I was actually on board with it all. The story was different from what I had expected, but I tend to like a good high-school, small-town saga with a lot of family drama and this fit the bill. Much of the story is from Chris' perspective, but there are also the point of views of three of the mothers whose sons Chris is coaching. Each family is struggling with their own set of problems and secrets. The characters drew me in and all the secrets and mysterious happenings kept this interesting all the way. Crime, suspense, action, family drama and even a bit of romance, this had a good mix of everything. I felt it went a little over the top towards the end but still remained entertaining throughout. A very creatively plotted and unique story. So, third time lucky, I can now see why this author has such a following, and I will continue reading her books hoping to pick up a few more like this one.
cupid92 More than 1 year ago
Loved it-read it in a day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is this what we are going to with her novels?? fast food fiction very disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is this what we are going to with her novels?? fast food fiction very disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline is a highly recommended thriller. When Chris Brennan moves to Central Valley, a small town in Pennsylvania, he lets us know right from the start that he's not who he says he is. His name is not really "Chris Brennan." His impressive credentials as he applies to teach at the high school are fake. He's an assistant coach in baseball, although he's never coached before, so he can find the perfect teenage boy. Chris has some kind of secret plan that involves a making a bomb with ammonium chloride fertilizer and it looks like he wants to find a teenage boy to help him pull his plans together. He's only planning to be in Central Valley for a week and he is looking at a boy from the baseball team to assist him. There are three boys Chris is looking at, and Scottoline follows the point of view of the mothers of these boys and Chris in their alternating narratives. Susan Sematov's son, Raz, is a member of the team. Her whole family is suffering because their father died a few months ago. Is Raz vulnerable enough to be the one Chris is looking for? Heather Larkin is a single mother raising her only son Jordan, who is a rookie on the team. Jordan is reserved, but growing up without a father might make him susceptible for Chris's plan. Mindy Kostis's son Evan is the star catcher of the team. They are a wealthy family. Her husband is a surgeon, Mindy leads the baseball boosters. Evan has grown up without need, was recently given a new BMW, and has a sense of entitlement. Could boredom lead him to look for something more dangerous? The opening chapters of One Perfect Lie are pretty grim and there is an ominous, dire feeling as you read them wondering what are Chris's real plans and what boy is he going to pick to use to accomplish what must be some nefarious activity. Meeting the mothers of the boys adds to the tension and the backstory of the boys and their home life. Just before the half way point of the novel, the narrative does a huge double flip twist that will shock and surprise you. After the twist, things take off at a break-neck pace to the exciting conclusion. The characters are all well-developed and finely drawn with a depth of emotion and reality that is nice to see in a thriller. We know Chris's inner thoughts and those of the three mothers. The family life of the boys is explored and depicted in a realistic manner. Scottoline captures the difficulties of raising teenagers today and the realistic struggles many families go through. The writing is excellent. Scottoline will really throw readers for a loop in this one, especially with one of the twists. Some of the others were easier to predict. This is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller and is a perfect stuck-overnight-at -the-airport book which will keep you entertained for hours. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of St. Martin's Press.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
I have not read much by this author and it was so long ago that I did, that I can't tell if this is her usual style of writing or not. If it is then I am afraid that I won’t be reading anything else by Ms. Scottoline. It took 40% of this book for any action to really happen, and when the ‘twist’/truth finally came out I was already to the pint of wanting to skim the rest of the book. The interaction between Chris our main character and his bosses are, in my opinion unbelievable, and bland. In fact, bland is how the entire book felt to me. I admit that my heart broke for those boys who had lost their fathers, but the relationships between the boys felt forced, the relationship between Mindy and her husband was predictable (and annoyed me) and the sexting and how that worked out was a bit too over the top - although yes I have heard of this happening in real life. I just felt that it added an unnecessary diversion from the main part of the book.
MissMOLY More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Lie... Is there such a thing as a perfect lie - especially when we know what happens in the dark always come to light. Ok! I'm going too far dissecting the title of this book. The cover caught my attention right away - the synopsis was short and sweet. I already knew starting this book someone was lying, and I was ready to find why. Chris Brennan knows how to finesse his way out of every situation he encounters. So it's no surprise when he charms the whole staff at Central Valley High School to secure a job as a teacher. Being a teacher is the furthest thing from his mind, but he needs to be in that position to pull off his plan. What are his plans? What does it have to do with the students of Central Valley High? Those are the questions I had at the beginning of the book. Why was Chris focusing on particular students? Author Lisa Scottoline is known for keeping readers on their toes with her novels, and she has the twists and turns coming in this book. The beginning of the book I was cheering so hard because I knew Chris was going to take me down a dark road. Then came the twist - Chris... Curt... did a complete 360 and now the story was taking me down another road. After certain things were revealed - it became a different read for me. I was no longer on pins and needles - some of the excitement I had earlier in the read did dissolve just a bit. I just wish certain things wasn't revealed to the readers so soon. Overall, One Perfect Lie is an entertaining read. (Orsayor)
MissMOLY More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Lie... Is there such a thing as a perfect lie - especially when we know what happens in the dark always come to light. Ok! I'm going too far dissecting the title of this book. The cover caught my attention right away - the synopsis was short and sweet. I already knew starting this book someone was lying, and I was ready to find why. Chris Brennan knows how to finesse his way out of every situation he encounters. So it's no surprise when he charms the whole staff at Central Valley High School to secure a job as a teacher. Being a teacher is the furthest thing from his mind, but he needs to be in that position to pull off his plan. What are his plans? What does it have to do with the students of Central Valley High? Those are the questions I had at the beginning of the book. Why was Chris focusing on particular students? Author Lisa Scottoline is known for keeping readers on their toes with her novels, and she has the twists and turns coming in this book. The beginning of the book I was cheering so hard because I knew Chris was going to take me down a dark road. Then came the twist - Chris... Curt... did a complete 360 and now the story was taking me down another road. After certain things were revealed - it became a different read for me. I was no longer on pins and needles - some of the excitement I had earlier in the read did dissolve just a bit. I just wish certain things wasn't revealed to the readers so soon. Overall, One Perfect Lie is an entertaining read. (Orsayor)
Mkgrammy More than 1 year ago
I have read several Lisa Scottolini books. I've always liked her character development and story line. This book was a huge disappointment. I had to finish the last 100 pages basically skimming the text. THis book is all over the place. It seemed more like someone's first book and not a very good one at that