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 course of true love never ran smoothly, but the (flight) path of this novel is as twisty and skilful as any you’ve read this year. I guarantee that you’ll need to strap yourself in and get ready for an unforgettable read once you’ve checked in with Karen Hamilton for her debut novel…
If you love an unforgettable narrator who will really get under your skin and whose voice will stay with you for a long time after you’ve ‘safely landed’ after reading then look no further. Once you’ve boarded this novel, you won’t want the journey to end.
Juliette – or Lily as Nate knew her when they were involved – is the kind of narrator that really comes alive for you as you read. In her relationship with handsome pilot Nate, she explains how she did her very damndest to be indispensable. Whatever Nate wanted, Juliette obliged. She was a Stepford Wife in the making providing gourmet meals, fabulous dinner parties and being a scintillating and enthusiastic companion in all his hobbies to boot.
The prologue – set back in 2000 – really sets the scene and allows us to see glimpses of a much younger Juliette/ Lily. The earlier scenes allow us an insight into the way she thinks and paves the way for us to see how the novel unfolds.
After all of her efforts, it’s not hard to see exactly why Juliette is so aggrieved to be shunted off to a rented flat miles away, paid for as a ‘parting gift’ now that Nate has decided that she hasn’t quite made the grade and has moved on without her.
Juliette’s decision to ‘seize the day’ rather than take things lying down and retrain as an air hostess for Nate’s airline is just the start of the adventures and believe me, there’s never a dull moment in this book! Juliette is a fantastic character, she’s totally lacking moral scruples but all the better a character for it! It’s hard to believe that this is Karen Hamilton’s debut novel as it’s such a great read. The plot zips along at a cracking pace and the dark humour here makes you – if not quite admire Juliette – certainly be impressed at her imagination as she seeks a way to make sure that she gets what she wants!
I’m no fan of books being painted as ‘The next…’ and we’re all sick I’m sure, of seeing books compared with The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. This definitely isn’t ‘The Girl in The Skies’ – it’s not trying to be anything else, it’s perfectly happy being its own dark delicious self. I’d actually love to see it on screen and will be dragging people along with me to see Juliette in the flesh! If you like your heroines flawed, gutsy and full of drive, then you’re going to LOVE Juliette. Her endless resourcefulness and limitless imagination will certainly keep you entertained as you make your way through this novel – all too quickly, I might add as I could have certainly stayed on board with Juliette for the long haul!
Juliette’s character has stayed with me and I can’t wait for more people to read The Perfect Girlfriend so that I can chat about that ENDING with them. You know that I hate spoilers so I’ve tried hard to avoid mentioning exactly how this charming sociopath goes about winning Nate back – but suffice to say, there’s never a dull moment as Juliette’s motto might be ‘The sky’s the limit’ when it comes to getting back your man.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater for sending me this book to review for the blog tour – I absolutely love taking part in Anne’s tours and look forward to seeing what she thinks of the books too. If you haven’t read her review you can find it here
The other thing I have to point out here is how GORGEOUS the blog tour poster is – complete with our own fabulous wee aeroplanes highlighting our stops on the tour
Here are some of the verdicts from some of my favourite writers – you can see how excited they are about The Perfect Girlfriend and I can only say they’re absolutely right!
I caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and have worked as cabin crew for a major airline. In 2006, my husband and I put down roots in Hampshire and four years ago, I gave up flying to raise our three sons and concentrate on my writing. Now that they are a little older, I’ve begun travelling again (as and when it’s possible) and enjoy exploring places through their fresh eyes.
The Perfect Girlfriend is my first novel (due Spring 2018). It is a psychological thriller about a sociopathic flight attendant, Juliette Price. The book is rooted in my work experience, but not autobiographical! I realised early on in my flying career, that the moment I changed out of uniform, I became anonymous. It made me think about the identities behind uniforms and work personas and became an idea that would later help create my protagonist.
When Juliette is dumped by her pilot boyfriend, Nate, her dreams of a ‘happy ever after’ are thrown into jeopardy. She vows to win him back, whatever it takes. She surreptitiously embeds herself into his life by adopting a new persona and securing a position as a flight attendant with the same airline. However, these are only the first steps in her master plan as she reveals just how far one woman will go to achieve her dreams.