The Perfect Girlfriend, a review by Kristin

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The Perfect Girlfriend
By: Hayley Smith

Publication Date: July 20, 2023
Published By: Bookouture
332 Pages

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BLURB: He loves me. He trusts me. He shouldn’t.

Jay and I have only known each other a short while, but whenever I gaze into his deep green eyes I tell him he’s the one. His little house by the deep forest’s edge is perfect for the two of us – there’s no internet, no phone signal, and no neighbours. I’m about as far from my past as I could be. No one knows where we are, and I need to keep it that way.

He wants me to stay here where he can keep me safe from the outside world. I don’t question him, I won’t challenge him. I have him exactly where I want him. He has to think I’m the perfect girlfriend, far better than the one before. Because I know what he did.

All I have to do now is play my part and bide my time. So I tell myself Jay doesn’t have a clue who I really am. I’ve been so careful. Haven’t I?

MY REVIEW: This book wowed me. I thought that the book was going to go in one direction, but it went in a different direction all together – only, you don’t realize the direction it’s taking until later in the book, which gave it a huge WTH moment! Beyond that, there were reveals that I didn’t see coming. This book also felt refreshing. We all know that there are only so many tropes, but it’s how an author goes about handling those tropes that makes the difference. (I can’t say more than that without giving anything away). I really enjoyed Lauren and I was rooting for her the while time. Smith did a great job of making me hate Jay and be suspicious of his friends. If you’re looking for a fast paced, refreshing thriller, then you need to check this book out.


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