Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks, 4 Stars

Women at work. Ugh. Am I right? Of course, I can only say that because I am a woman. And for the record, I’ve mostly gotten along with my coworkers. But there is all that unspoken pressure of just being a woman.

There’s that sinking feeling when you have to announce to your boss that, no, you’re not quitting. But you will need maternity leave in about five months. And there’s the things that then come up with a little one at home that feel like you’re asking for something special. But it’s just life. And sometimes I think I worried more about it than I needed to. Typing that right now, yes, I worry more about it all than I need to.

Three Perfect Liars by Heidi tells the story of three women just like you and me, who just happen to work together, or be interconnected through their place of employment. And while this tale, is slightly more sinister than your average office, it’s not all that different really.

From the Publisher:

Laura has returned to work at Morris and Wood after her maternity leave, only to discover that the woman she brought in to cover for her isn’t planning on going anywhere. Despite her close relationship with the agency’s powerful CEO, Harry Wood, she feels sidelined—and outmaneuvered—as she struggles to balance the twin demands of work and motherhood.

Mia was only supposed to be a temporary hire at Morris and Wood, but she’s managed to make herself indispensable to everyone. Everyone, that is, except Laura. If people only knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not want her to stay.

Janie gave up everything to support her husband and the successful agency he runs. But she has her own dark secret to protect…and will go to any lengths to keep it safe.

With signature prose lauded as “breathtaking” and “bone-chilling” by USA TODAY bestselling author Cristina Alger and plenty of shocking twists and turns, Three Perfect Liars is an unputdownable thriller for fans of Watching You and The Couple Next Door.

My Review:

Laura has just returned from maternity leave and is livid to find someone else sitting at her desk. Okay, I get that. It’s awkward.

And while her boss does give her back her desk immediately, he is keeping the women who she hired to just fill in for her while she was on maternity leave, permanently. And he is giving the new girl their most important client.

Oh the horror. And I really should identify with Laura, but she seems so unlikeable. Mia, the “temp” has befriended everyone in the office, won over the client and seems to have the best intentions, so what if she came across the job in a different way.

Then there is Janie, the boss’s wife. She was a prominent defense attorney but left to be a stay at home mom in the burbs when her husband builds an office there. Hmm. Why? That doesn’t add up. Unless she had enough of the rat race and was just done?

So which is the protagonist? Who’s the antagonist? Well, just like in any office with all the politics, there isn’t a clear cut answer.

I really enjoyed Three Perfect Liars. I totally identified with the characters and their struggles and enjoyed the well-place twists and turns. So much of the readability of a book relies upon the characters, and Perks nailed them. She writes from the perspective of three super relatable characters with real-life struggles. It’s super readable.

And I haven’t even said anything yet about the fire. Just like in Little Fires Everywhere, the narrative arc is set around a fire. Who started it and why. And who did the fire claim? It works so well as a catalyst who cares if it’s been done before

Special thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for an e-galley in exhange for my honest review. This one releases today. Wahoo! Go get your copy.

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