Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

cover147107-mediumJuliette 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… 

I’m not even sure where to start with this one simply because: WOW.  And also: HOLY MOLY.  I read a lot of thrillers but this one really shook me.

Juliette can’t get over her ex-fiance, Nate.  At first, she seems like a normal, heart-broken woman who goes a little further than the rest of us might in her place.  She crosses a few lines here and there, but in the beginning, it isn’t anything too insane.  Creepy, yes, but not psycho levels of crazy.  By the time you figure out she’s certifiably obsessed, it’s too late – she has you hooked.

As Juliette delves into her past, revealing bits and pieces of what might have pushed her to this point, you begin to understand her a little more, sympathize even.  The loss of her brother at such a young age almost even gives her a pass for some of the riskier things she does.  At first.   By the end of the book, she has crossed every line, encroached upon every last boundary, alienated every friend she had.  But, to Juliette, it’s all worth it – anything to bring her plan to fruition.

It’s a true credit to the author that she made this emotionally, mentally unstable woman so likable.  I can’t tell you how often I found myself actually rooting for Juliette, hoping that Nate would see the light.  This is even after we know he should run for the hills.  The Perfect Girlfriend is everything that Gone Girl should have been and wasn’t.

4.5/5

*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 thoughts on “Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

  1. This sounds like it’s in the same vein as You by Caroline Kepler. Have you read it before? I keep thinking I watch to pick it up, but it also kind of creeps me out?

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    1. I haven’t read You, but from what I understand, the guy was a stalker? In this case, she doesn’t so much stalk Nate as insert herself into his life as much as possible. Sometimes she’s sly about it, other times she’s more brazen.

      Yes, it can be really creepy, especially a scene early in the book. I really need to read You soon, too. If you do pick this one up, I hope you like it!

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  2. This looks interesting…especially if the character is empathetic. I did enjoy Gone Girl, but she wasn’t a likeable person AT ALL to me. This might be a bit different.

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    1. It’s crazy but, even when Juliette is at her most insane, you feel how badly she wants to fix the relationship she had with Nate. She’s sometimes very unlikable, but the author does a great job of making you sympathetic to her plight. I do agree about Gone Girl – I liked it a lot, but you wanted to throttle Amy by the end of the book. (Which is weird writing considering that’s my name LOL).

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