The Good Girls – book review

The Good Girls

The Good Girls is the shocking and suspenseful sequel to The Perfectionists, written by Sara Shepard.

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. They all talked about killing the rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, but of course they wouldn’t actually do the deed. It must be simply a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned, right? Except Nolan wasn’t the only one they fantasised about killing. When someone else they names dies, the girls begin to wonder if they’re being framed. Or are they going to become the killer’s next targets?

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Like the first book in this series, The Perfectionists, I completely fell in love with The Good Girls. I’d go so far to say that it’s even better than the first one. This book was extremely well-written, the characters were complex and even more developed in this novel, and the twist in this book was phenomenal. This book was addictive and almost impossible to put down!

The thing I loved most about this book was the twist. Everything else was pretty good, but it was the twist that I fell really head over heels for. As you might know, I’m a huge fan of twists and unexpected turns in books. I love books like We Were Liars and Vanishing Girls and I was taken completely by surprise to find that this book was more similar to those two titles than I had initially realised. I was completely taken aback by the ending of this novel and I loved that. I never saw the twist of this book coming and I love that I was so unsuspecting, if not a little slow. The surprising ending was the best part of the entire book for me, and because of it, I’m beyond eager to get my hands on the next book in the series! This book is 20% romance, 40% crime, 40% psychological thriller, and 100% awesome.

Another great thing about this book was how easy it felt for me to just pick up this book without remembering much about the first one. Sometimes I completely forget everything about a series and have to relearn the characters names and what the general idea of the story is at the beginning of the book I’m reading. However, that wasn’t the case in The Good Girls. The author did a really good job of recapping the previous book so that I immediately remembered where we were at. On top of this, The Good Girls was very suspenseful and I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time. I simply couldn’t get enough of this book.

Like the previous book, I really enjoyed spending time with all of the characters. I loved reading all of their different points of view and as usual, I always knew whose viewpoint I was reading from. Each of the main characters were so distinct, unique and complicated in their very own ways. Even the minor characters were very intriguing. I loved getting to know some more characters in this book and found that they were all fun to be with. And by fun, I mean that I couldn’t completely trust any of them and I was constantly wondering about their intentions and motives. But you know, fun.

I think my only criticism of this book would have to be that it was too short! Perhaps I felt as though this book ended too quickly simply because I was so wrapped up in it, but I honestly didn’t want it to end! I’m desperate to know what’s going to happen and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. So in a strange way, my only criticism is a good one because it ensures I will be reading the next book!

Okay, please tell me I’m right in assuming there’s going to be a next book. There has to be, right? Because I’m beyond excited to read it. I want more. I need more. I need to know what happens next and what happens to all of the characters. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and the plot twist was definitely my favourite part. I’d give The Good Girls by Sara Shepard a score of 9 out of 10. Have you read this book? What did you think of the plot twist? Did you see it coming? If any of you have read this book or The Perfectionists, I’d love to know!

Thank you to Hot Key Books Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! 

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