The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists

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At Beacon Heights High, Nolan Hotchkiss is king. His charm, wealth and good looks are deceptively seductive, and many are the students whose lives and reputations have been ruined by them. All while Nolan continues to reign, unquestioned and undisrupted. Until now, that is.

Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker don't seem to have much in common. Each has her own friends, dramas and goals. But one thing they do share: they all have a deep hatred of Nolan Hotchkiss. And they all think it's about time he paid for the things he's done. They come up with the perfect murder - a hypothetical murder, of course. It's all wishful thinking ... until they wake up one morning to find that their wish has come true. Nolan has been killed - in exactly the way they planned. The thing is, they didn't do it. So who did?
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 202g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 147140434X
  • 9781471404344
  • 62,865

About Sara Shepard

For as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they're pretty sure they're the only ones who find them funny.

She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children. Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists.
Visit her at and follow her on Twitter and Snapchat at @sarabooks and on Instagram at saracshepard.
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10,190 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (3,818)
3 26% (2,699)
2 6% (659)
1 2% (181)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker all have reason to hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who has wronged every one of them in some way. But when he turns up dead, they are all suddenly suspects, even if they know they didn’t kill him. Who killed Nolan? And is someone trying to frame the girls for murder? This was an enjoyable story, and it was quite reminiscent of ‘Pretty Little Liars’. I liked the characters in this book, even if they made some misguided decisions! I felt really sorry for Caitlin over what had happened to her brother, and what Nolan did to Ava was so mean! Parker seriously had cause for complaint when it came to Nolan, and Mac had also been mistreated by him. The girls did make some poor decisions at times though (they obviously haven’t read the pretty little liars series), and seemed to just get in more and more trouble as the book went along! The storyline in this was good, and I did enjoy this book. It was quite reminiscent of ‘Pretty Little Liars’, but it wasn’t exactly the same. I did initially find it a bit difficult to keep up with so many different characters, but after a while I got them all straight in my head. I liked the little twists, and at times I even liked the stupid things that the girls did, it certainly livened the story up! The mystery element definitely kept me turning the pages, and I loved the uncertainly over the girls personal lives as well. There was some romance, but with 5 girls, not to mention their respective boyfriends and love interests, there were at least 2 love triangles happening in this book! The ending to this didn’t really clear much up. Very little was resolved, and we were left with more than one cliff-hanger. I did enjoy this book though, and I really want to read the next book in the series now! Overall; an enjoyable and addictive mystery story, 8 out of 10show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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