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 and a past that she cannot leave behind.
©2016 Gilly Macmillan (P)2016 Oakhill Publishing
"A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters - for anyone who loved The Girl on the Train, it's a must read." (Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister and The Quality of Silence)
"With tightly drawn characters, a fascinating storyline and absolutely exquisite narration, The Perfect Girl is sure to keep readers up all night. Gilly Macmillan proves once again to be a master of the written word and is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. Literary suspense at its finest." (Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby)
Praise for Burnt Paper Sky: "One of the brightest debuts I have read this year - a visceral, emotionally charged story." (Daily Mail)
"...heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut...an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates from the word go. A must read." (Sunday Mirror)
"If you love Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep, you need to read this. (Closer)
"What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. Burnt Paper Sky kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me)." (Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband's Secret)
"Burnt Paper Sky is that rare thing in reading - a book which hooks you and keeps you focused on it until the end. (Shotsmag)
"This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning - it's completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read." (Saskia Sarginson)
"Every parent's nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened." (Rosamund Lupton)
"Tightly focussed and fast-paced. You won't rest until you really know what happened." (Lisa Ballantyne)
"What an exciting debut! Burnt Paper Sky kept me up until the small hours, from the nightmarish moment when a mother first realises that her son has disappeared, to the dramatic denouement. Gilly Macmillan's voice is innovative and confident, and she creates a cast of very human characters. There's a page-turning urgency, combined with an insightful exploration of the emotional fall-out after the abduction of a small child. Meanwhile the media and internet community are shadowy figures whose pitiless speculation and harassment seem all too believable. Burnt Paper Sky is written with passion and insight. Bravo, Gilly Macmillan." (Charity Norman, author of After the Fall)
"Deft, tense and utterly gripping, Burnt Paper Sky stays with you long after the final page has been turned." (Tim Weaver, author of Never Coming Back)
"This pacy, emotional and expertly characterised novel's sure to follow in the footsteps of fellow thrillers such as The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl by soaring to the top of the best seller charts." (The Media Eye)
"A powerful page-turner and damning commentary on this age of the internet, where everyone has an opinion and a forum in which they can voice it." (Woman's Weekly, New Zealand)
"A VERY Disappointing second novel"
Let's see- some suspense, excitement, characters with personality., a storyline ..for starters.
I knew within the first few chapters exactly how the story would play out. After her brilliant first novel, Ms. Macmillan should be ashamed to have given us this ridiculous, boring..and I MEAN boring..novel. I kept listening just to see if my predictions were right, they all were.
Characters were not likeable with one exception, and he plays a minor role.
Everyone except for Richard and the baby.
The narration was amazing. The book is horrible. Nine hours wasted.
"Great book, through and thorough!"
It was a great book, great performance. An absolute must listen! For more words here..
"Engrossing but ultimately disappointing"
Really compelling story that makes it hard to stop listening, but a weak ending that that leaves too many things unresolved
"Interesting premise, but..."
This story has an interesting premise. I bought it purely because I play piano like the protagonist, and generally like mysteries/light thrillers (which is what I thought this would become). Without wanting to give too much away, I'll admit I'm disappointed that the author didn't do much with the main character's back story. Although it was well written and reflective, I suppose I was hoping for more twists and turns and gritty revelations about her past. Instead the book primarily focusses on the death of her mother (mentioned in the synopsis) and the events that follow. Also, the book is narrated in turn by all of the main characters. This is easy to follow and linked in well, but I feel the author brought in a lot of sub plots (essentially one for each character to help explain their back story), most of which were never fully resolved, at least not to my satisfaction. Although their back stories were just to add extra depth, not following them up or rounding them off made it seem redundant. On a separate note, I did find the voice of Lucas also very hard to adjust to, but that's personal taste. Overall it was well presented, and some interesting themes which leave you thinking.
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