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Three Perfect Liars

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I would give this book 3.5, maybe even 4 stars, but had to settle for 3. The story and characters made this one memorable and I would not hesitate to recommend it, but there were parts of it that needed more or could have been revealed earlier and actually added to the story that brought this down to a 3 star.

PROS: I really enjoyed that this was written from 3 different perspectives. I like seeing different sides of a story and hearing different narratives, especially when each of the 3 main characters all had great like and hate factors, meaning you like them in one scene and hate them in the next. There was no favourite. I thought seeing the event through the eyes of three different perspectives was a great touch and made this story memorable. 

CONS: I think the mystery/revelation took too long and was unnecessarily dragged out. The first half of the book I couldn't put down, and then the story became a little repetitive and dull without any major reveals and just completely slowed down for me. When the reveals/outcome finally came out, I felt like the wow factor just wasn't there and it all could have been out sooner. The story would have been just as interesting and actually could have included more details about all the circumstances that led to the fatal fire which would have been so much more interesting. I wanted more background as the story behind it all was much more intriguing. 

Overall good book, but should have been less mystery/thriller and more drama. 

Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the eArc.
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As thrillers go, this one had lots of twists and turns, but what was more surprising to me was that I was actually less focused on who did the thing, and more interested in the lives of the three women the story followed. So I'd say this is the kind of thriller that works for those looking for that traditional twisty goodness we've come to expect from thrillers but also will speak to those who get caught up in character development such as myself.
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Thank You to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Laura is about to return to work after her maternity leave comes to an end. 
Mia is the one that was covering Laura's maternity leave but is now staying on at the company permanently.
Janie is the wife of the ad company executive that Laura and Mia work for.
All three women have connections to each other that they don't know about. Their actions and motivations are about to collide in a spectacular downward spiral.

The story will keep you guessing to  just what these three woman could possibly have in common. 
A fast read that will hold your attention till the very last page.
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Three Perfect Liars was a dramatic, domestic thriller that keeps you guessing throughout the entire book! It gave me Pretty Little Liars vibes initially but the ending was something entirely different! This book tells the story of three different women, Laura, Mia and Janie. Three very different women at that. You will become sucked into the office politics and drama between Laura and Mia as well as Janies lifestyle as a rich housewife (but former prominent defence lawyer). You will learn things along the way that you don’t expect as the twists and turns get you! Also, the cliffhanger ending is perfect! I will definitely be reading more of Heidi Perks after this one!
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TW: mention of rape, sexual harassment 

This novel has a central feminist theme that focuses on discrimination against women in the workplace. Specifically, this novel talks about how women have to work harder than men for the same achievement, and once women start to have children, they are expected to focus more on their family than their career. I’m glad that the author brought these things up because as a society, we need to recognize and correct this disparity and unfair expectation on women. But that’s all I really liked about this book. The sections with police interviews were unrealistic, I didn’t like Laura’s personality, and none of the other characters had much to offer. The plot “twist” came out of nowhere and really didn’t make sense considering the first half of the book had no connection to it. Although the author brings interesting and relevant viewpoints for discussion, the actual story didn’t work for me.
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My first Perks novel and definitely not my last ...

First just let me say, her writing is excellent! Love a book that pulls the reader right into the pages. I often felt as though I was right along side the characters. Though I do have to admit, I'm still not sure if I really liked or connected with any of them. Usually unlikeable characters aren't a win for me but they definitely worked here!! 

The story is an interesting one that will hold your attention. The three women, Laura, Mia and Janie are all connected through a successful advertising agency. All with their own stories and agendas. A devestating fire sets the tone for the story with alternating chapters between a police investigation and each of the women. The advertising agency has been destroyed and everyone is a suspect. 

I really enjoyed this book. It will keep you guessing! Huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada - Gallery Books and Netgalley for my review copy.
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Thanks to Netgalley for my copy

Secrets, lies revenge and arson make for another compelling read from this talented author. Three very different women but all equally unlikeable to me, someone knows the truth.

The story is told by the three women's POV and police interviews. I liked the interspersing of the police interviews and thought it was quite an inventive way to keep me invested in the three women. The ending was good and the twists believable.
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Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster Canada and Netgalley for my copy of this book. This was a fast paced, enjoyable little thriller with a great plot and some twists that got me! 

It centers mostly around three women and is told through their different view points, which I enjoyed. Laura is a star at her company and is just coming back from mat leave and is feeling the pressures of work. She also feels as though her temp has replaced her completely and she isn't happy about it. She will go to every length to find out what that woman's problem is. That woman is Mia, the temp who has taken over Laura's job while she had her baby. Mia has some secrets in her personal life and her reasons for wanting this job aren't clear, especially since she appears to have lied on her application. Then you have Janie, the Boss' wife who is jealous of Laura and her close relationship with her husband. All three women have secrets, all three women are hiding things and eventually, all three women are suspects for murder and arson when the office building burns to the ground. 

This book had quick chapters, which I'm always a fan of. I liked they way it all came together and the story did manage to keep me guessing. The ending did surprise me. I thought I had it figured out and I was almost correct, but not quite. I love when a thriller can trick me! Overall, this was a great read and fans of secrets, lies and office drama will enjoy this one!
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Thank you to Netgalley and Simon Schuster Canada for an advanced copy in exchange for my review.

Three women, a fire & office Drama - I'm in!
Laura returning to work after mat leave and struggling with work home balance discovers that the woman she hired to cover for has no plans to leave.  She feels blindsided, and untrusting towards her replacements motives to stay.  (Her husband is an angel and so forgiving)
Mia, the supposed temp has become the star employee and everyone’s friend except for Laura ...
Enter Janie the wife who gave up everything to support her husband and his successful agency.  But it seems she has secrets to protect ...
Three Perfect Liars is a quick office drama suspense read written in POV’s and alternating timeline.  I enjoyed the writing style but the police interviews fell short for me.  I found “the whodunit” to be predictable but ended up with a bit of a surprise in the end.  I really enjoyed the entertaining office drama and how the three women’s stories developed.  
This was a first read by the author and I look forward to adding more to my shelves.
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Three Perfect Liars, but Heidi Perks is an enjoyable thriller with a complex plot.

The story surrounds the events leading up to a fatal fire at an up-and-coming advertising agency.  There are several people who may have had motive to start the fire. The three main suspects are Janie, the company head's wife who is no longer happy with her marriage and is exploring for a "way out". Laura, a new mom struggling to adapt to the demands of family while putting her career back on track , as well as navigating a tense professional  rivalry with Mia who was supposed to be her temporary replacement during her maternity leave, and Mia herself, who is keeping secrets and lied on her application.  

What I liked about the this story was the complex plot line.  The three women's stories tangled and woven into one another made for a solid base to this story.

Unfortunately, for me, there were a few factors that resulted in this story not quite meeting its full potential.  The story seemed to move a little slowly and drag a little at times. This may in part have been the result of the heavy use of police reports as a vehicle to tell the story. While a popular method of disseminating information in crime thrillers, I personally find the method clunky, repetitive,  and disturbing to the momentum of the story. I also did not find the characters particularly likable. The ending was a little soft as its believability seemed to be a bit of a stretch for me. 

All in all, a good story, but one that fell a little short of its full potential.  

Happy Reading,
Christine
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Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Arson ... murder ... a career driven mother back to work from maternity leave ... a young ambitious woman in the office .... the boss’ jealous wife at home ... secrets... and lies.

This book had a few things going for it... and a few things not going for it. 
There was way too much mom/career woman dilemma that just didn’t appeal to me ... the two women fighting for the one job in a male dominated world just didn’t really sit well for me either especially at the beginning of the novel

The arson and the way the story unfolds was a bit different than most M/T I’ve read recently and I enjoyed that . 

Book rating :3.5 ⭐️
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Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks is a thriller that will keep you guessing. Told from three different perspectives of the suspected arsonists along with interviews conducted by the detective on the case, this book is a page-turner. It is a novel that not only looks at motive for setting a building on fire, it also digs deep into the roles women play in society.

This book starts off at the scene of the crime and then winds its way back to how it all began. The  concept is intriguing and the snippets from the detective’s interviews add an interesting element to the story. At times it seems obvious which woman is responsible for the fire. However, the story yanks you down a new path just as you start to piece things together.

❀ FLAWED MAIN CHARACTERS

Each of the main characters is flawed and very relatable. Not one of them is all that likeable, yet their life choices are defining and it is enjoyable to read each of their perspectives. Laura is a new mom trying to make her way back into her career, while Mia is just starting out. Janie, on the other hand, is a successful attorney taking a step back to be at home with her kids. I really appreciated how the author was able to present these women with different backgrounds and show the importance of supporting women and their life choices.

❀ A TWISTY THRILLER THAT KEEPS YOU HOOKED

If you enjoy a twisty thriller that keeps you hooked, Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks is one to try. The concept is exciting and the characters are intriguing. I am looking forward to what this author has in store for us next.
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Suspenseful and outside my normal read but was hooked and surprised at how into it I got. Definitely a binge read, which is why I'm so picky about reading this genre. The idea of having to know what happens NOW is a high bar to set and easy to be disappointed. This had enough pull to keep me interested and of course a twist that was surprising.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest review.
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Well-kept secrets will eventually be exposed.  And when you have three women, each holding tight her own set of lies, you know that there is going to be a twist or two that will force the truth to the front.

The controversial advertising agency burns to the ground one night, and our three main characters watch as a body bag is removed from the debris. Who knows what happened? Who died? And what was the motive?  Was it Laura, just returned from maternity leave and concerned that her juicy job has been given to the temp? Is it Mia, the young temporary, who is outgoing with her coworkers, but shares nothing about her background and family? Or is it Janie, the owner's wife, who is conflicted about playing second-fiddle to his job?

Told from the perspectives of the three main characters, the story is balanced and intriguing, with twists and turns along the way. And the ending puts the tale to rest in a satisfying and fitting manner. The story dragged a bit in the middle, and was a bit predictable as it progressed.  While I am absolutely okay with characters that I don't like, I still need to be invested in them, and I didn't find that I was captivated enough with any of these women to truly root for, or hate, them.

A quick read, with plot twists and deception galore.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced reader copy, in exchange for my honest review.
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Laura, Mia and Janie are three perfect liars but the truth will always come out.

Laura has completed her maternity leave and is returning to her job at Morris and Wood, an advertising firm.  She’s not impressed to find Mia still sitting at Laura’s desk on her first day back to the office.  Laura had hired Mia on a temporary basis to cover her mat leave and she fully expected Mia to be gone on her first day back.  Instead Mia is not only still sitting at Laura’s desk but she has finagled a permanent job at the firm and has also poached Laura’s biggest client.  Now Laura is determined to uncover what Mia is so desperate to hide.

The other liar in this story is Janie, the wife to Harry Wood who is the owner of the advertising agency.  Janie has given up her prestigious, lucrative job as a Barrister to be a full-time stay at home mom to their two children.  Things are not always as they seem and Janie is also hiding from the truth.

When an arson fire burns down the advertising agency one evening, fingers are pointed at these three women.  Did one of them set the fire, and if so, which one and why?

I enjoyed this story and I felt that the author did a good job of keeping me guessing right to the end.  One thing the novel really made me think about was with respect to the storyline of Laura trying desperately to get her biggest client back from Mia.  At the end of it all, it made me wonder if sometimes we fight so hard for the win not necessarily because we want it so badly, but because we don’t want the other person to have it.

Copies of this review will be posted on my blog and social media sites on publication date.
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Overall, I enjoyed this book. I think it dragged a little in some of the story and kept the "secret" a bit too long. I found it slow going without too much happening for a long time. And many of the characters annoyed the hell out of me.

By the end, with the reveal I was satisfied.
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I enjoyed this book and there was nothing wrong with it, but it didn't blow me away.  It had a gentle, meandering plot and I liked that the perspective kept switching between the three women.  At each chapter we are given a bit of the police report with the other staff of agency and I found it definitely helped to draw suspense and show the tension between the different parties.  Overall I wasn't able to guess most of the secrets and the ending did catch me by surprise, it just wasn't the roller coaster that I had expected.
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A page turner, how the lives of Laura, Mia and  Janie connect.

Laura worked for Janie’s husband Harry, she had acquired an account in the firm that brought in a great deal of money.  Then Laura gets pregnant and takes 6 months off, so she is asked to hire ‘Temp’.  This is where Mia comes in, she is interviewed by Laura and insists she just wants just a temporary job.......but is she telling the truth?   Mia has left her well paying job to return to her childhood home to help her Mom look after her sister.   When Laura returns expecting to get her job back she discovers Mia has taken over her top account and Harry supports the decision.   Laura is devastated and tries to persuade Harry to give her back the account.  He refuses!   Then the sparks fly in all directions!

A fascinating tale, with all three women having secrets that you will be eager to discover.     Highly recommended, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Did you love Big Little Lies? Well this one definitely gave me similar vibes. A slow building plot, strong female characters with dark secrets, police transcripts used to unravel the truth…I couldn’t get enough! If you are a fan of all of the above, I highly recommend checking out Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks.

From the publisher – “From the author of Her One Mistake , hailed as “chilling, captivating” by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda, comes a riveting new suspense novel about three ambitious women whose lives are turned upside down in the aftermath of a horrifying fire, which destroys a successful advertising agency and threatens to expose a tangled web of lies.
Laura has returned to work at Morris and Wood after her maternity leave, only to discover that the woman she brought in to cover for her isn’t planning on going anywhere. Despite her close relationship with the agency’s powerful CEO, Harry Wood, she feels sidelined—and outmaneuvered—as she struggles to balance the twin demands of work and motherhood.

Mia was only supposed to be a temporary hire at Morris and Wood, but she’s managed to make herself indispensable to everyone. Everyone, that is, except Laura. If people only knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not want her to stay.

Janie gave up everything to support her husband and the successful agency he runs. But she has her own dark secret to protect…and will go to any lengths to keep it safe.

With signature prose lauded as “breathtaking” and “bone-chilling” by USA TODAY bestselling author Cristina Alger and plenty of shocking twists and turns, Three Perfect Liars is an unputdownable thriller for fans of Watching You and The Couple Next Door.”

I am a thriller fan (aka head of the self proclaimed Shari Lapena Fan Club), so hearing all those comparisons to other titles I’ve read, made me very interested to read this and I’m glad I did!

The story is told from the perspectives of three women (Laura, Mia and Janie) and begins in medias res. It contains flashbacks to two months before the fire and moves forward to the night in question. This helps to build suspense and develop strong backstories (and motives) for each character. I found myself going back and forth between who I thought was responsible for the crime. I will say I did not have this one figured out in advance (which doesn’t happen often). Perks does a great job keeping the reader on their toes as the story unfurls.

I found myself sympathizing with Laura throughout the novel. As a mom with very young children, I understood the struggle between family and career and how difficult it can be to let go of your previous life goals. I was rooting for her throughout. She and the other characters were flawed, yet still engaging. I loved how female focused this story was.

I will say the ending was a bit anti-climatic. As a thriller fan, I was hoping for more of a jaw-dropping twist, as opposed to the slow burner this one was, but this does not take away from the reader’s overall enjoyment of the story.

I would highly recommend if you are looking for a well-written mystery with a strong female presence.
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3.5 rounded to 4

A fire, a body bag and three women with secrets? Sign me up! Our three perfect liars are Laura, Mia and Janie, all initially connected through an advertising firm. Laura returns to work at firm after mat leave to find out that her replacement Mia has taken over her role and her largest client. Mia has her own secret reasons and agenda for being at the firm. And then there is Janie, the wife to the boss who doesn’t trust her husband or his female employees and has her own secrets to hide. 

This was my first read by the author and I liked Park’s writing style and in particular, the multiple POVS of three women, transcripts of police interviews, and the alternating timeline of before and after the fire, including a police interrogation that was very Big Little Lies. This is a quick read and whodunit that was easy to put together for me as I was able to connect the clues given by each woman. Because of this, I found the ending and reveal to be a bit anticlimactic.   My favourite parts of the book were the work environment and how the dynamics between the women were created and changed throughout the book.  Overall, an entertaining read for fans of books like Big Little Liars and workplace suspense.

Thank you to Netgalley and Simone & Schuster Canada for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Pub date is August 18th, 2020.
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