Poppy has a secret.
It was a whirlwind romance. And when Drew, caught up in the moment, suggests that he and Poppy don’t tell each other anything about their past lives, that they live only for the here and now, for the future they are building together, Poppy jumps at the chance for a fresh start.
Drew says he has nothing to hide.
But it doesn’t take long for Poppy to see that this is a two-way deal. Drew is hiding something from her. And Poppy suddenly has no idea who the man she has married really is, what he is hiding from her or what he might be capable of.
Drew is lying.
Which is more dangerous, a secret or a lie?
💭MY THOUGHTS 💭
After reading that synopsis I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into this story. Luckily, I was surprised with a child free afternoon and I made the most of it by reading. And, this book was so dam good I managed to read it all in one sitting. That is a great achievement for me. But, this just goes to show how good the story was. I couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what these secrets were.
You know when you read a book and it gives you the jitters? You kind of feel all anxious about what is about to unfold. This is exactly how I felt with this story.
The story begins like a fairytale. Poppy is down on her luck after just being fired. Along comes Drew her knight in shining armour. Whisking her away to his beautiful holiday home. Within a month they are married. Now doesn’t that sound wonderful? Well obviously it isn’t going to be all rosy is it? They both have secrets that they don’t want the other to know about. And here lies the jittery part for me. I just loved the way Reid plants seeds into the story of things to come. Little titbits of information about each character that makes us stop and think.
The story is told in a dual narrative. We have the present storyline of Poppy and Drew’s relationship and how things are panning out. And, alongside this we get Poppy’s backstory from the past. Slowly we get to uncover what Poppy’s secret is. However, what is excellent about this story is the fact that there is no ‘past’ storyline for Drew for us to read. He is truly an enigma, it made me nervy because I just couldn’t put my finger on what the deal was.
Not only do we have the secrets and lies of Poppy and Drew to tend with. But, also their new house (or mansion) that they have set up home with seems to be steeped with mystery. As soon as the house is mentioned in passing to the locals they all seem to turn weird and want nothing more to say about the place.
This story is full of suspense and mystery. It will take you on a breathtaking journey of deception. That will have you guessing as to what’s on the next page. Believe me when it’s all revealed you will be on the edge of your seat.
Many thanks to Emma for my stop on the blog tour. And to the publishers for my gifted copy of the book.
✍🏼About Rebecca Reid✍🏼
Rebecca is the Digital Editor of Grazia. She has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesmen amongst others.
Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work.
She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015 and Perfect Liars was her debut novel.
Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.