Perfect Little Lives
Amber and Danielle Brown
published December 5, 2023
About the book
LibraryReads December Bonus Pick!
ON ASHER LANE, SOME SECRETS ARE WORTH KILLING FOR…
Simone’s mother was murdered when she was thirteen. When her father was convicted, everything changed. Overnight, Simone went from living in a wealthy white neighborhood to scraping by.
Ten years later, Simone has given up on her dreams and lives a quiet life, writing book reviews and getting serious with her boyfriend. But with a true crime documentarian hounding her for a scoop and a surprise encounter with her childhood next-door neighbor, Hunter, the past seems set on haunting her. And after Hunter reveals that his father and her mother had a years-long affair, Simone is determined to find out who really killed her mother.
Simone is convinced that all evidence points to Hunter’s father, a renowned judge who had everything to lose if his affair—and his nascent love child—came to light. Playing the game from all sides, Simone enlists Hunter’s help in her investigation into his family—whether he realizes it or not. But is she so desperate for closure that she’ll risk imploding her carefully rebuilt life?
I read someone Had to Do It last year and loved it, so I was excited for this tour. I like the voice the author’s write in. Something about it makes it stand out from the other thrillers I’ve read.
I could not figure out where this one was going and it kept me guessing. I could say I figured it out, but since I suspected everyone, including the narrator, I am not sure I can brag about my guessing correctly. And this one has a little of everything. While the main focus is the mystery of who killed Simone’s mother. There is also a romance and work and family relationships. And while unraveling the mystery, I got to know Simone pretty well. I’m always a fan when there is deep characterization in my mystery read.
If you are a fan of a slow burn suspense, then you need to pick this one up.
About the author
Amber and Danielle Brown both graduated from Rider University where they studied Communications/Journalism and sat on the editorial staff for the On Fire!! literary journal. They then pursued a career in fashion and spent five years in NYC working their way up, eventually managing their own popular fashion and lifestyle blog. Amber is also a screenwriter, so they live in LA, which works out perfectly so Danielle can spoil her plant babies with copious amount of sunshine. Their debut Someone Had to Do It, was a Library Reads pick.