The Perfect Girl – Review


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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.


I am not on a roll lately. I keep picking books that are falling flat. I was so excited for this one too. Ugh!

Here it is again, another book that is compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Come on, people! If it is not as good, don’t compare it to those! 🙁

Anyway, this was the first book I’ve read by Gilly Macmillan. I’m not sure if it should be the last, or if I should give the other one a try. Of course, this was a ‘whodunit’ type of book. However, I couldn’t help but to feel blah throughout the whole thing. It took me a while to get into it. Some of that was because there were too many perspectives. I’ve voiced my opinion on this before, so I won’t here. But… I truly feel that the various perspectives only hurt this book. I think 3 would have been fine, but it might have been pushing that line.

Moving on. I did enjoy Gilly’s writing, her style, her voice. It was interesting, but to me, it wasn’t anything to write home about. (Which is ironic since I am writing this review… Haha). This book was a miss for me. None of the characters were relate-able, and they weren’t as complex as I had hoped. They were developed though, so it’s not like they were one-dimensional. It is clear that Gilly is a skilled writer.

*I received a copy from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest review.


gilly 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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  1. Oh, no! I was really hoping this would be a good one!! I loved her book What She Knew.

  2. Avatar novelgossip says:

    Bummer that you didn’t like this one! I can see why if you don’t like a bunch of narrators though.

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