Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn is essentially a mystery/thriller, centring around two women leading very different lives. Gracie Dwyer appears to have it all on the surface; on top of being a generous and loving person she has a wonderful husband and family as well as an amazingly successful career.
Juliet, on the other hand, has none of those things. Down on her luck with border-line alcohol dependency and a nasty ex-husband threatening to take away her daughter, she desperately wants re-ignite her foundering PR career. She cannot help but trace the source of her troubles to the time when Gracie Dwyer turned down her offer to help market her new catering business.
Told from both Gracie and Juliet’s perspective, the scene is set for a thrilling novel that culminates in a plot twist of unexpected proportions, a-la Girl on the Train or Gone Girl.
Unfortunately, Her Perfect Life falls a little flat. The writing, although engrossing and descriptive is just not up to the standard set by Gillian Flynn or Paula Hawkins. The story itself is very clever and the twist at the end definitely unexpected but it also felt very rushed and there wasn’t the usual build up. The suspense was lacking, as was the impact. It is a shame as I expected so much more but Her Perfect Life just didn’t deliver.