The Perfect Girl




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. It’s a story about the wrongs in our past not letting go and how hard we must fight for second chances.




When Zoe and her mum were lucky enough to be given a second chance after a tragic events had stolen their lives they took a breath and ran with it. The only thing is fate is a bitch and can be there waiting for you in the future to take a bite and knock you down when you least expect it. That is the case for them.

This is one of those stories that catches up with itself as although it is mostly set over a compact time frame of Sunday and Monday events have to unfold from the past. The story is told through a variety of people in Zoe’s life rather than just her. This gives a more balanced feel to the events that have happened. I know that not everyone took to Zoe but I did as I saw her as a child that just wanted to fit in but struggled. There is no hiding the fact of the conclusion of either past or present events this story is the truth about how each got there. I liked that no one in this story was perfect and some had more to hide than others. I really loved how Lucas told his side of the story.

I wish to thank Netgalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for an honest review

This is a very compelling and thought provoking novel that makes you think about the outcome long after you have finished reading.



Gilly Macmillan


Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in Northern California in her late teens. She studied History of Art at Bristol University and then at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family, and since then has done some lecturing in ‘A’ Level photography.

Gilly lives in Bristol, UK with her husband and three children and now writes full time. She’s currently working on her third novel.

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