Her Perfect Life by Emily Shiner #bookreview

Eve’s life seems perfect. Until you have to live it.

Millie has just served a long sentence for a murder she didn’t commit. It’s her identical twin sister Eve who was the killer – and the person who framed Millie.

Millie is willing to forgive Eve and hopes they can still be loving sisters. But when she is released, instead of welcoming her, Eve coldly rejects her. Now Millie only wants one thing – revenge.

Eve seems to have the perfect life – plenty of money, a beautiful house. So Millie’s plan is simple – she’ll kill Eve and step into her shoes.

But Millie soon discovers her sister’s life is anything but perfect. She had become involved with a dangerous man – controlling, possessive, ruthless.

And now he owns Millie. Caught in a deadly web of deceit, she must continue playing the part of Eve. Her life depends on it.

Can she find the strength to escape this new prison? Or will she be trapped forever in… her perfect life?

Her Perfect Life – the stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of The Secret Wife

My thoughts on Her Perfect Life

It’s hard to believe that when Millie comes out of prison, she wants to forgive her sister for framing her for a murder she didn’t commit – just so that sister (Eve) could live the life she felt she was entitled to. But try to forgive her she does. Until Eve makes it clear that she wants to nothing to do with Millie, and has no intention of sharing her ill-gotten gains. At which point, she takes the law into her own hands, kills Eve, and takes over her life.

And what a life. There’s luncheons, and Pilates, and designer clothes. And there’s Gareth, a man who doesn’t like to be told no and who – realising that Eve is now Millie – will stop at nothing to get his way. To say it wasn’t quite what Millie expected is an understatement. The question now is, how does she get out of it? And can she without killing again?

I would like to say that I was interested in the answer, and whether Millie ended up living the life she, like Eve, felt she deserved. But I have to be honest, I didn’t. I finished this book because it was a review copy and I felt that I should. If it hadn’t have been, I may well have put it down and not picked it up again.

Why? Because, while it started well, with the killing of Eve and the appearance of Gareth, after that, it just didn’t grab me. I didn’t like or dislike Millie enough to care what happened to her and Gareth, as well as the other central character, Mya, felt flat and predictable. Yes, they were evil, but they didn’t seem very clever – and neither did Millie. Just one example (without spoilers): Mya wants to know what Millie is up to so puts a tracker in her car – then proceeds to tell her as way of a warning; you would expect Millie to maybe not drive the car (or take off the tracker) – instead, she uses it to follow Mya around town.

It all left me feeling really frustrated. Which is why I would find it difficult to recommend this book – sorry!. 3 out of 5 stars.


Find on:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings,, and opinions are my own.


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