One Perfect Lie
St. Martin's Press
April 11, 2017
One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will keep you guessing until you turn the very last page. On the surface, it tells the tale of the struggling single mother of a high-school pitcher, a shy kid so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But the mother fears that she’s losing her grip on her son because he’s being lured down a darker path by one of his teammates, a secretly disturbed young man from an affluent family, whose excellent grades and fun-loving manner conceal his violent criminal plans. Add a handsome stranger who comes to town and infiltrates the high school, posing as a teacher but with a hidden agenda all his own. The mix becomes combustible when a beloved faculty member turns up dead as a suicide, in circumstances equally consistent with murder. Only then is the true identity of the fake teacher revealed, and the single mother finds herself engaged in a battle for the future, the soul, and the very life of her only son. One Perfect Lie is a riveting and suspenseful family drama, and by the time you close the book, you will realize that nothing was as it seemed at the beginning.
You can always count on Ms. Scottoline to craft an unputdownable novel, and she doesn't disappoint with this new one. The pacing was perfect, with a great cast of characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing. What you think you're seeing at the beginning, is definitely not what you'll get by the end! I loved the sports team aspect of this one, and I really immersed myself into the lives of all these families. You will find yourself changing loyalties as the story goes on, which made for an interesting plot twist. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, which I felt was a bit over the top in the rescue department. I also thought that the reasons why certain people were involved in the horrific plan were not as fleshed out as they could have been. I still really enjoyed this one, it just left me scratching my head a bit more than I might have liked.
Another great addition to the novels of Lisa Scottline. Pick this one up if you want something that will pique your interest until the very last page. This one is a great read, especially if you like a little baseball on the side.