One Perfect Lie - Lisa Scottoline

One Perfect Lie

By Lisa Scottoline

  • Release Date: 2017-04-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 39 Ratings


"Scottoline keeps the pace relentless as she drops a looming threat into the heart of an idyllic suburban community, causing readers to hold their breath in anticipation." –Booklist

"Readers can be assured that the author nails the high school milieu, from athletic rivalries to sexting...they're in for one thrilling ride." –Kirkus Reviews

"Entertaining...This fast-paced read culminates in a daring chase that would play well on the big screen." –Publishers Weekly

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher 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 Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Jordan's baseball games. But Jordan is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon's wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.


  • Very good!

    By smpereira6
    I did receive this book free from netgalley in order to give any feedback and/or reviews. I do not think this effected my review at all. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was suspenseful and I would have never guessed the ending. It is a very easy read for the days of spring and summer. I was a bit disappointed in the ending but overall I liked this novel .
  • One Perfect Lie

    By AbbsE
    Reads as if it's a teen book. "He created his own resume, identity, whatever..." If works w the FBI, they would have built alternate ID. Presented as it is, sounds like a terrorist planning an attack. Jumps around too much, too quickly. Makes it hard to track. No 'anchoring' of lead protagonist - as well as his "investigation methodology" is epic fail. Gives strong impression that he's a terrorist bent on using a young person to commit terrorist act, as opposed to investigating a possible crime. Repetitive setting up situations to "test" his subjects using psych-type references comes off as just silly. Author verbiage such as, "Rolled her eyes adorably;" "Shooed those feelings away" etc. Sounds like a bible school teacher. Didn't finish it. Gave it a couple hundred pages in hopes it was just a slow start, but it wasn't. Sounds like an author under pressure to write SOMETHING-no matter what. I've enjoyed the Rosatto series. This smacks of an author trying to break out of a mold, but unsuccessfully.
  • Almost great

    By CentralCALady
    Clever plot. Slightly clunky writing, promoting ignorant left wing propaganda towards the end. Did she write this or did her assistant?
  • Impossible To Put Down!

    By pegg12
    One Perfect Lie is a gripping, perfectly paced and cleverly written thriller. I loved every page of this captivating book.  A suspected terrorist bombing was about to go down in Pennsylvania. And, ATF Special Agent Curt Abbot knew that he had only a week to prevent it. His gut was telling him that Central Valley High School was involved and playing a key role in the attack. Everyone fell in love with, Chris Brennan, the new assistant coach, and teacher at Central Valley High School. He was handsome, charismatic, and knew just how to spin a tale to make everyone believe his lies. Chris studied people so he could manipulate and exploit them easily. To Chris, people were just a means to an end. That was, until, he met the good folks, in his new small Pennsylvania town. Unlike him, they were genuine. He hated deceiving them, especially, Jordan, one of his students, and Heather, the kid’s single mom. Chris had always been a loner. But for the first time in his life, he wanted more. He wanted Heather, her son, and a normal life. Chris didn’t want to see their faces, though, when they discovered what he had done and just how he had betrayed them. What a terrible time for him to grow a conscience. I thoroughly enjoyed reading One Perfect Lie and highly recommend giving it a read. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.