My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Calling all Caroline Kepnes fans! All the Caroline Kepnes fans to the building, please. Because if you enjoyed You and Hidden Bodies, chances are you will enjoy The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.
I struggle a little bit with rating this book. It falls somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me. I very much enjoyed the first half of the book. Hamilton presented this idea of a flight attendant using her position in the airline industry to perform these manipulative tricks to her stalkerish-advantage. And it was fascinating to gain some perspective into the life a flight attendant in general. I was on board with the mystery and suspense. Juliette was definitely mentally unhinged and her character was written in a way that portrayed that perfectly.
But right around halfway through, it started to unravel a bit for me. I found the story overall very far fetched and unbelievable. I mean, it’s a thriller. And most thrillers require you as a reader to suspend reality to some extent. But this was a bit beyond what I would typically think of as a reasonable level of plausability. Do we think this stalker girl can get away with breaking into houses without being caught? Do we think she can continue to plan these “coincidences” and chance meetings with her stalkerish prey? All I’m saying is you need to go into this book with the understanding that you’re reading for pure entertainment because the translation to real life is a bit tough.
I also struggled a bit with the subplot about the main character’s brother drowning (not a spoiler… this is the prologue). I wasn’t entirely sure how it related to the overall story, particularly because it was the prologue. I was waiting for it to somehow play into a twist somewhere by the end, and it just never happened. While it was mentioned again at various parts in the story, it could have probably been left completely out of the book and wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the story.
I mean, all of that being said, it was entertaining and did keep me reading to find out what would happen next. There wasn’t a point where I wanted to put the book down and be done with it. I was a tad disappointed with the ending. It felt very rush and unresolved in my opinion, but perhaps the author was trying to leave us with a little bit of mystery to ponder on our own.
Overall, it was just an okay read for me. It did not blow me away, but if you’re looking for something similar to the You series by Caroline Kepnes, this would be a book to check out.
Now on to Book #5 in the Winter Reading Challenge, The Lost Man by Jane Harper!
-I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Karen Hamilton, and Graydon House Books for the opportunity to review.-