US Publication – June 2, 2020
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Pretty Revenge—a “gripping tale of subterfuge, betrayal, and retribution” (Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish)—comes the story of a journalist obsessed with finding a crime novelist who disappears after a deadly attack on her beloved daughter.
As a mother and a famous author, Ward DeFleur has it all. She lives in a beautiful estate in picture-perfect Connecticut, along with her teenage daughter, Stevie, where nothing can go wrong. Until, one night, when Stevie is brutally murdered and Ward’s entire world is shattered. Consumed by panic and grief, Ward vows never to put pen to paper again.
Enter Bree Bennett.
Bree is a recently-divorced, former-journalist-cum-housewife, desperate to fill her days with something other than Pilates classes and grocery shopping. So she decides to start writing for the town newspaper. What begins as Bree’s effort to tell Ward’s tragic narrative turns into a fixation with finding her favorite author. Unfortunately, Ward doesn’t want to be found. Even worse, Stevie’s killer is still on the loose…
This harrowing tale of one woman’s infatuation and another woman’s fear is full of explosive surprises, perfect for fans of The Night Olivia Fell and Then She Was Gone.
Ward DeFleur has a perfectly good life. She lives with her teenage daughter, Stevie in a beautiful house in Connecticut. She is a successful author starting her latest book tour when the unthinkable happens. Stevie is found brutally beaten and dies. Ward, consumed with grief, disappears leaving her friends, fans, and life behind.
Bree Bennett is a former journalist, recently-divorced, and trying to get her career and life back on track. She becomes obsessed with Ward’s tragic story and is determined to find out where Ward has gone. What starts as an article for her newspaper, quickly turns into a game of cat and mouse. But who is the cat and who is the mouse? To Bree, nothing, not even the fact Stevie’s killer hasn’t been caught will stop Bree from finding Ward.
I loved the alternating chapters between Ward and Bree. As Bree searches for Ward, we get to see into Ward’s past and what her life looks like now. Chapters are short and I flew through this book, almost as obsessed as Bree to find out what happened to Ward. Bree’s daughter was an enigma to me, but she was a minor character and overall, she didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for Perfectly Famous. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the ending and if this ended a few pages sooner, it would have been an almost perfect read.
I received a DRC from Gallery Books through NetGalley.