My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley for this free Ebook.
Naively, when I requested this novel from Netgalley I did not realise that it was part of a series. Whether it was this that made me incredibly frustrated with Perfect Lies I do not know. But what I can say is that it felt like a chore to read. Hooray for it being short.
White has written using alternating POVs – some chapters from Fia’s point of view, and others from Annie’s. Normally I’m fine with this, but I hated the way in which the time changed over the chapters (Four Months Before then Five Days Before then Three And A Half Months Before) . It takes a while to get used to this, but I found it incredibly tedious. Especially as the chapters are fairly short, I would have rather had longer chapters with less changes I’m time. But that’s just me.
However, I was curious about Fia’s character. Whilst she is difficult to like she was really well developed. She’s crazy and her sense of right and wrong is all over the place, but that’s what makes her an interesting character. Maybe I would have enjoyed this book more if I was all about her, who knows?
In conclusion, my negative opinion of Perfect Lives will most likely not be the same as someone who has also read Mind Games. Therefore I would not reccomend it unless you have read the first book and enjoyed it. I personally don’t think it is great as a stand-alone novel.