The Perfect Girl
Author: Kelly Golden
Published: February 3, 2023
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 26- February 19, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars
He always said she was just a friend… What if she’d kill for more?
Sophie is perfect. She has blonde hair and blue eyes and when she smiles her wide, open, caring smile, her teeth sparkle. Everybody loves her. So would I, except she’s my husband Mike’s best friend, and sometimes they seem a little too close for comfort.
This summer, Sophie is renting the grand house next door, bringing over fancy wine, offering to babysit our beautiful three-year-old daughter. It’s nice, actually. She’s smart and funny. Maybe the way she is with Mike – squeezing his arm, tilting her head when she laughs at his jokes – is just how she is with everybody.
But then she says something that sends a shiver down my spine – does she know something about me she shouldn’t?
And when her new husband arrives, looking slightly too familiar, I realise my time is running out. My baby girl and I are in terrible danger.
Sophie really is perfect. She has me perfectly trapped. And as my world begins to crumble, I start to wonder: does Sophie just want to steal my husband, or has she planned the perfect murder?
This is the first novel by Kelly Golden and I will be looking at her other novels she writes. This one has an intriguing book description so I was looking forward to reading it. It was not really suspenseful to me until the last 20% or so and I didn’t really connect with Emma, which might be where my issues were. I was intrigued and wanted to see what would happen and that last 20% really packed a punch! Golden came up with the character of Sophie that is just.. Oh wow. Emma was also our only narrator and she was unreliable and well… If you have read my past reviews you know that is hit or miss for me.
I do think men and women can be friends, but Sophie and Mike’s relationship was a bit too much for me as a wife. If my husband was that close with a female friend we would have to have a talk…
But that ending, I need this story to continue! Please Ms. Golden, say you will write more! I feel like you were just getting started with this story!
Despite some issues I had, I did enjoy The Perfect Girl and would recommend it! I can see Golden getting better with her writing as she continues.
The Modern Prometheus: An Existential Body Horror Novel
Author: Jayson Robert Ducharme
Published: April 24, 2022
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Peter Murphy, a college professor and family man, has lost everything. Following a tragic series of events, he awakens to discover that parts of his body have been replaced with parts from corpses, and his creator is not giving him all the answers he needs. With little to lose, Peter begins an odyssey to reclaim his old life and come to terms with his new one. Finding a world that has long since moved on without him, he descends into destructive madness, leaving blood and death wherever he goes.
THE MODERN PROMETHEUS is a 300 page “existential body horror” novel about a man reanimated from death, who discovers horrific truths about the nature of his death that will bring about a crescendo of violence and catastrophe.
Ooh…. This was a good one! Starting with the cover: Fabulous. Honestly, the cover was the whole reason I bought the book in the first place. Then I started reading, and I was hooked! This story had me going till the very end! I’ll admit that I’ve never read Frankenstein, though I do know the story. Obviously there are some similarities, but I liked that I wasn’t constantly comparing them. I really liked all the characters too. Peter was relatable and I got very emotionally invested. His growth as a character, whichever direction he grew, was well done and believable. And his poor family! So many times, I started misting. The story wasn’t super complicated, but boy was it a roller coaster! While it was perfect for spooky season, it’s a great book to read anytime!! I really liked it a lot! Definitely one of my Top Ten for the year!