There are three sections to this fast-paced thriller. I had a difficult time with the first section. It was interesting but I was getting frustrated because I didn't know where the story was heading.
The second section completely changed that for me, and I was hooked right through to the great ending. Lisa Scottoline did a fabulous job portraying the mothers and sons involved. The main character, Chris Brennan, was a bit over the top but otherwise a fantastic book.
It starts with the main character sounding like a bad guy & I'm wondering how he's going to get caught.
But then, he turns out to be a good guy.
What happened in the middle ?
The storyline doesn't jive.
Thought Part 1 was intriguing, but by the ending I was disappointed by the far fetched implausibility of how the book ended.
This was a quick read, but I wouldn't spend my time on it if I could have a "do over."
It was truly written for those that have mastered suspension of disbelief when reading.
Do NOT waste your time on this book. I couldn't even finish it.... One of the worst books I have ever read.....
Part One: We meet Chris Brennan, Central Valley HS's newest Government Studies teacher and varsity baseball assistant coach. Except his real name is Curt Abbott and he's interested in which of his students can be turned into a terrorist bomber. (Excellent)
Part Two: We learn who Curt Abbott really is and how he's manipulating CVHS staff and the parents of the boys he has targeted and why. (Interesting)
Part Three: As the bombing countdown has begun, just how far will Chris/Curt go when up against all the alphabet agencies and his own bosses. (Thrilling until the end......then.....not)
If you like True Lies (movie) and Happy Ever After stories then this would bring a better rating. I found the ending so 'off' that I still can't figure out what Ms Scottoline was thinking!
Nail biter until the end.
One of the worst books I have ever read. Totally far fetched plots and poorly written with excessive descriptions.
Really enjoyed book...fairly predictable ending, but didn't know so until end....
Part 1 was exciting and then I hit Part 2 and was REALLY????? I decided to plow through even though I was disappointed. While it didn't keep me glued to the story or on the edge of my seat, it did keep me turning the pages.
The story races along at breakneck speed, making you want to turn the pages faster to find out what happens.
Despite some obvious gaping holes in the plot, it was a very good read!
The book began well but but the author did no stay true to the theme. After the plot was revealed, the story went downhill and was never actually resolved.
The dialogue was forced and didn't add anything to the story.
Rented this because I've thoroughly enjoyed Scottoline's books. It began and continued to be an engrossing story. The plot and characters came alive and I found it to be a real page-turner! Without wanting to give anything away, I found the conclusion to be somewhat contrived. Nevertheless, I did like the book.
At first, it was enjoyable reading about Chris turning up at a secondary school to teach and to coach, and reading about 3 varying families whose sons were in Chris's class, but then I wondered where is the plot? Half way through the book, the author informs the reader about the plot she has in mind and what Chris is really up to at the school. I thought the basis of the plot was ridiculous, but I was by then hooked into finding out what was going to happen to the teens. The ending was all action, even though it was highly imaginative - nothing that could really happen.
One of the worst books I've ever read, halfway through the main character goes through an one eighty degree change in character. It is like a new author took over, writing not good enough to carry this off.
The good news first, this book drew me in then threw a plot twist at me and then kept me on the edge of my seat. It is difficult to combine a thriller and a family social drama in one book and Scottoline did it well. The main plot points were believable while still giving the reader a hit of adrenaline
Now for the bad news and the reason I took off a star: I have read all of Lisa Scottoline's books, but found myself a bit frustrated with some sloppy editing in this one. There is the name switch of "Justin" instead of "Jordan" on the bookjacket, crickets chirping in April (they don't get going until fall in Missouri and we are further south), bugs hitting the windshield while Chris is driving at night (again more like a summer than spring detail) and I noticed some sentences that were missing a word or had incorrect grammar.
I love this author and her books! This one was particularly interesting in that it provided twists and turns that were completely unexpected. Not to give away too much of the plot, but the main character was less than lovable until further on into the story. Totally recommend the book!
So I was part way through this story and was thinking I’d have to start over again as I was sure I had missed something because this paper perfect character, Chris Brennan, is just too perfect and he is hiding something and I couldn’t figure out what. I decided to give it one more chapter before starting over and am so glad I did. As his motive was revealed and then the rest of the story was spent trying to figure out who-dun-it. A great combo of thriller and family drama.
"One Perfect Lie" is that unique combination of a thriller and a family drama. The family scenes were heart rending and the red herrings in the thriller component were believable. Would recommend this book strongly.
Another great read from Lisa - fast moving -full of landmines ( no pun intended) - and plot twists. It captures your interest right from the beginning and you will find yourself holding your breathe as you wait to see what is going to happen next. Once you pick this up you will not be able to put it down - so be sure that you are free to finish this in one sitting. And just hang on to your seat as you get to the dramatic finish.