Title: Three Perfect Liars
Author: Heidi Perks
Goodreads Rating: 3.79
Source: Borrow Box (Audio)
When a body is pulled out of an office fire, three women are first in line for questioning. All of them have reasons for wanting revenge against the company’s CEO.
It could be Laura, who has returned to work to find that her maternity cover isn’t leaving. The CEO insists he’s doing what’s best for the company. Laura isn’t convinced he’s telling the truth.
Or there’s Mia. Brought in as temporary cover for Laura, she has quickly made herself indispensable – and popular with her colleagues. But if people knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not welcome her so freely.
Then there’s Janie, wife to the CEO, who gave up her courtroom career to support her husband and his business. She has her own secret to protect – and will go to any length to keep it safe.
They never thought it would come to this.
I have never read or listened to a Heidi Perks novel before and this one was pleasantly surprising. Listening to it was fantastic as it had three voices creating more of a play feel.
The story was told in a reversed timeline (not sure if that’s the correct description) but we basically start on the night of the fire and then skip back to 6 weeks before, to watch the drama unfold that led to that night. In between there are police interviews that provide snippets of information that left me intrigued and wanting to keep listening.
Out of the three women I related most to Laura. Being a mum of two I know the guilt that comes with returning to work. Luckily for me my hours are quite flexible so I was able to cater to what me and my family needed but had I been in a career such as Laura’s I don’t know how I would of done it. I also liked the Heidi Perk’s included the stay at home dad scenario and POV. I found Mia that hardest to warm to, from the start she seemed to sweet and innocent. Her perky attitude was grating and I kept telling myself that she was a slippery character to watch out for. Her story was one that definitely changed my opinion of her and her final actions made me admire her in some ways. Janie was the most interesting. From the outside she had the perfect life but she was deeply unhappy. I wanted to shake her at times and get her to talk to someone. Had she done that then a lot of the mess could of been avoided!
The unravelling of the story, the side stories and the police interviews all made for a compelling and thrilling read. I had guessed the who dunnit towards the end but not until the very last minute so the journey getting there was still enjoyable. I’ve now added some more of Heidi Perk’s books to my list to read!
This makes number 12 on my 20 books for Christmas Challenge and number 3 of the Readathin! With this book I can cross off ‘Read an EBook’ prompt too.