Her Perfect Life

Forge. Sept. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781250258885. $27.99. SUSPENSE
In her latest stand-alone (after The First To Lie), Ryan ratchets up the tension as protagonist Lily Atwood’s personal and professional lives collide. Lily is an award-winning television reporter who owes her last two big breaks to an anonymous source. That source is still calling her, but now the messages are more personal and clearly targeted at Lily and her seven-year-old daughter Rowan. Mr. Smith’s news tips seem to have become part of a cat-and-mouse game that he’s playing with Lily, and they may be connected to the disappearance of Lily’s older sister years ago. Cassie disappeared from college when Lily was seven; that loss shaped the rest of Lily’s childhood. She has spent the intervening years looking for Cassie everywhere. Pulled into the mix is Lily’s producer Greer, who has her own agenda and who may endanger everything she and Lily have built.
VERDICT Ryan has a sure hand with her page-turning, twisty plotting and complex, multifaceted characters. Readers looking for a fast, thrilling read will love this one.
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