One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

  • Title:  One Perfect Lie
  • Author:  Lisa Scottoline
  • Genre:  Thriller
  • Pages:  384
  • Published:  April 2017 – St. Martin’s Press
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Justin’s baseball games. But Justin is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them. 

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.  (publisher)

My take:  One Perfect Lie is the first of Lisa Scottoline’s books I’ve read. It would be a perfect beach/pool read or one to read on a plane (I read it in a day). It could be described a few ways but I’ll stick with a suburban crime page-turner that picks up more steam with almost every turn of the page. One Perfect Lie is filled with characters who certainly can’t be trusted and then a few chapters later you’re not so sure. I enjoyed the twists that kept me guessing. The dramatic scene near the end played out in my mind’s eye as if on a jumbo screen. I loved that. Not wanting to risk a spoiler, I’ll stop here – except to say I look forward to reading more of Lisa Scottoline’s books.

LISA SCOTTOLINE is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of twenty-eight novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States, she has been published in thirty-five countries, and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film. Lisa also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those stories have been adapted into a series of bestselling memoirs, the first of which is entitled Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog. Lisa lives on a Pennsylvania farm with an array of disobedient pets. Visit Lisa at, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at @LisaScottoline


“Entertaining…This fast-paced read culminates in a daring chase that would play well on the big screen.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Readers can be assured that the author nails the high school milieu, from athletic rivalries to sexting, and…they’re in for one thrilling ride on the roller coaster” Kirkus Reviews

“Scottoline keeps the pace relentless as she drops a looming threat into the heart of an idyllic suburban community, causing readers to hold their breath in anticipation.” Booklist


17 thoughts on “One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

  1. It’s funny that you are reading your 1st Scottoline. I have never read any of hers either. I’ve always been tempted but just have never pulled the trigger. Maybe one of these days…


  2. I loved this book, too…in fact, I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by the author, including her memoirs, which read like a conversation with her.

    Thanks for sharing…glad you enjoyed it!


  3. Hi Mary,

    I know that I have read at least one book by this author, although that was many years ago and I have no recollection of the book’s title, or what I thought about it.

    At face value, Lisa’s choice of storyline seems very akin to that of J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), I don’t know if either you or any of my fellow commenters would be able to verify that?

    I do enjoy a quick and easy to read mystery, every once in a while, so thanks for sharing this author.

    Have a great weekend 🙂



    • I haven’t read any JD Robb books but I’ve read a handful of NR books. Not enough to answer your question though. Thanks for visiting, Yvonne.


  4. I generally like Scottoline books but, this which I tried on audio was a DNF for me. The story seemed to be going no where fast–maybe it was my impatient mood of late LOL


    • Sometimes a book just isn’t the one for you. Do you have one of hers you’d recommend? I’d like to try her again.


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