One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
Suspense > Thriller > Mystery
At the start, all we know is that nothing about Chris Brennan—including his name—is real. He’s applying for a job as a teacher and coach in a town where there is a deep divide between the haves and have nots. He wants to befriend a junior boy on the baseball team for some nefarious purpose.
There are three boys he focuses on, and thus, three stories of mothers and sons and their complex relationships.
This novel gets more fast-paced and exciting the more you read, with all the twists and turns of any great suspense novel, but unlike most suspense novels, this one delves into the challenging relationships between mothers and sons, giving it more substance. (It does not make being the mother of teenage boy look like any fun, especially in the age of cell phones.)
One of the mothers seems a little too perfect—the hardworking, blue-collar single mom, Heather. But the other two moms are satisfyingly flawed people.
I can’t say more about the plot without giving anything away, but trust me, this was super fun—I even got a little teary in places toward the end, which I’m pretty sure I’ve never done in a suspense novel.
It had been a while since I’ve read Lisa Scottoline, but I’ll definitely be reading more.
Thanks so much to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.