March 25, 2019

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton


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Publication Date: March 26, 2019

HER LOVE IS A DEADLY OBSESSION

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...

The Perfect Girlfriend intrigued me in ways that I did not see coming. First and foremost, I thought I knew what Juliette/Lily was all about. Obviously she’s obsessed with her ex-boyfriend, Nate. But as the details of her extreme stalking unfold, the reader slowly pieces together the roots of her psycho behavior, until the full, sad picture emerges.  Somehow, despite the scary lengths she goes through, I still felt sympathy for Juliette. The twisty truth complicates how the reader perceives Juliette, even as she does the unbelievable.   I condemned her but still couldn’t stop reading, wanting to see how it all plays out and at the same time wanting her to get away with it on a sick level.  

“Ribbons of anxiety knotted together, kneading my insides and evoking the familiar feeling of injustice.  It wasn’t fair, I’d been the perfect girlfriend.  He couldn’t do this to me. My dreams were slipping out of reach and I wanted to claw them back.  However, in the midst of all this was a moment of stark clarity. If this did have something to do with another woman, if Nate was lying, then she’d better be afraid, very afraid.

“Because I knew that if I found out someone else was the cause of my broken dreams, I’d have no qualms about breaking theirs.”

Reading The Perfect Girlfriend reminded me of You by Carolyn Kepnes.  Like You, with The Perfect Girlfriend, I was at once aghast by, and in a way rooting for the anti-heroine.  

“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they’re yours.  If they don’t, make them.”

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