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! 

The Perfectionists – book review

The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists is a gripping and mysterious book, written by Sara Shepard.

The handsome and rich high school senior Nolan Hotchkiss is one of those lucky kids who always had it all – the looks, the money, the power to do whatever he wanted without being questioned. No one could touch him and no one would even try. Until now. The self-centred bully treats everyone around him like dirt and it’s time for payback.

Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker don’t seem to have much in common except for one thing – a deep hatred for Nolan Hotchkiss. The five girls each have a very good reason to end Nolan’s reign of terror. It’s time for them to put words into actions and play this player at his own game. They come up with the perfect murder – hypothetical, of course. It’s wishful thinking… until they wake up and find that their wish has come true. Nolan has been killed in exactly the way they had planned, but the girls didn’t do it. So who did?

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I really enjoyed reading The Perfectionists. In my opinion, it got off to a crazy start. Neither good crazy nor bad crazy, but hectic crazy. It felt like there was so much going on in the beginning and it was initially hard to wrap my head around the personalities and motives of all five girls. This book reminded me of the book Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian because they’re both fundamentally about a group of girls wanting to get revenge on someone and working together to try and achieve that. I felt as though The Perfectionists would have perhaps been more successful with only four girls instead of five. I feel like I didn’t get to know them as well as I would have liked to, and as well as I could have with one less main character. I wanted to be able to fully understand all of them, and that could have also happened if this book was a little longer. It didn’t feel long, but I’m under the belief that this book is the start of a series of I-don’t-know-how-many books. So perhaps I’ll get to know these characters more in the next book. I would love to see them more, that’s for sure.

The thing I loved most about this book was the plot. I really enjoyed having to constantly guess as to how everything would play out. The storyline was intense and gripping, and I never found myself bored in the entire novel. The pacing was really good and made me want to keep reading. I really liked the style this book is written in. I hadn’t read any of Sara Shepard’s books before and I found myself really liking it. This book was written from each girl’s point of view. Initially, I had a bit of a hard time adjusting to reading from five points of view, but I soon got into the motion of how the book was going to run its course and really liked seeing the lives of these five very different girls.

The characters in this book were all very different and unique. A lot of the characters seem to be derived from the typical high school stereotypes, but Sara Shepard puts an original twist on them, making every character exciting to read about. I liked not ever feeling like I could trust most of the characters because it made me curious as to whether they could be fully trusted. I found that the people I thought I knew in the book turned out to be completely different from my initial impressions of them. I really liked that aspect of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I’ll definitely be looking out for the next book in this series because I’m eager to know what’s going to happen next! I’d give The Perfectionists a score of 8 out of 10. If you like a mysterious and gripping book, I definitely recommend giving this one a try!

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