Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect Girlfriend - Karen Hamilton

Ever since reading a review of The Perfect Girlfriend on The Belgian Reviewer’s blog, I knew it was a novel I had to read! Is there any such thing as “the perfect girlfriend?” – Juliette certainly thinks so…

Book Description:

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…

My Thoughts:

The Perfect Girlfriend was so much fun to read, I was so caught up in all the craziness, I read it in one-sitting! The events in this one don’t move at a fast-pace, but the plot is so entertaining, you’ll fly through the pages. What I really liked about this novel is, it all centred around Juliette and everyone else were pawns in her master plan; the viewpoints of others don’t matter because Juliette is the perfect girlfriend, and come hell or high water, she’s going to get her man back!

With Juliette taking centre stage, it was essential, not for her to be likeable, but for her character to be interesting, for her to be able to grab your attention and keep hold of it from beginning to end. And wow, the manipulation, the lies, the scheming, the patience – all so engaging! The obsessive nature of her character hits you straight away and makes you excited for what’s to come.

Don’t pick up this book if you’re looking for “seriousness,” this plot goes way beyond the realm of “normal” – this isn’t a novel you read for its believability factor but for its entertainment factor, the wild ride Juliette goes on and you get to experience it right along with her. If you think you’ve ever done anything extreme to get what you want, trust me, you’ve got nothing on Juliette. And what’s so crazy about this novel is, I was actually rooting for Juliette at times, knowing full well how unhinged she was, I just couldn’t help but look forward to her next devious scheme.

Things did get super crazy towards the end, and it was a bit too extreme for me personally, but it was totally fitting to the plot and to Juliette’s nature. Overall, I really enjoyed the dramaticness of this novel, seeing Juliette’s actions and hearing her inner thoughts was so much fun, in a disturbing, yet light-hearted, way.

The Perfect Girlfriend is definitely a standout psychological thriller because it’s so different to what’s currently flooding the market. In a thoroughly entertaining way, Hamilton has addressed themes of love and obsession, grief and loss, revenge and manipulation. I absolutely recommend this novel and look forward to Hamilton’s next book.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

*My thanks to the publisher (Headline) for granting me access to a digital copy of this book via Netgalley*

15 thoughts on “Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

  1. Thank you so much for the mention (didn’t get a notif so a pleasant surprise!) and I’m so happy I could convince you to read it and that you liked it so much too. I think we experienced this the same way, like the crazy fun ride it was! Excellent review Janel!

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