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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton book cover

AD* | You've never read a love story as twisted as this.

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain...


Tense and unsettling, The Perfect Girlfriend is a gripping psychological thriller.

Juliette is a troubled soul, struggling to put all the different pieces of her life into order. She dotes on her ex, Nate, and is prepared to do anything to win back his heart. The story is told from Juliette's point of view, affording insights and glimpses into her actions and motivations. As the story progresses, her calmness and sense of purpose are terrifying in themselves. 

This is a slow burner yet is well-paced to avoid becoming dull. It's mysterious and suspenseful, packed with twists and turns you won't see coming. Perhaps the scariest part is that the story is believable and even relatable, to a degree. Juliette and Nate's story certainly doesn't seem exaggerated and this authenticity adds to the creepy atmosphere created throughout.

Although the plot definitely held promise, I have to admit I felt let down by the ending. The entire book has been building to the conclusion, then the final part is rushed, unclear, and unsatisfying. The positive is that it leaves you wanting more; the negative is that it detracts from the entire rest of the novel. 

However, with that in mind, this is still a good story worth reading. Juliette is an intriguing character and as more of her backstory gets revealed throughout the book, certain things soon slot into place and you can begin to piece together the different threads of her life. 

The Perfect Girlfriend is an unnerving thriller about one woman who really is determined to do anything for love.

Rating: 3 stars

The Perfect Girlfriend is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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