Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Guest Book Review: Tasmina Perry - Perfect Strangers

Reviewed by Ceri Kehoe 

Just an innocent invitation...

When Sophie Ellis is asked to house-sit at a luxurious Knightsbridge townhouse, it appears to be the offer of a lifetime. Drawn into the glittering circle of the home's owner, she meets wealthy American businessman Nick Cooper and is swept up into a thrilling and passionate affair.

But when Nick is found dead in his hotel suite, Sophie is suddenly the prime suspect for his murder, and soon realises Nick was not the man he seemed. Racing to find the truth and clear her name, Sophie must elude not only the authorities but also a group of dangerous players who believe Sophie has something that they want. And who won't stop until she's caught...

Sophie Ellis is down on her luck, her father died just after losing all his money in a pyramid scheme. She's had to downsize her flat from Chelsea to Battersea. She has to get a job in a gym and her boyfriend has dumped her.

Her luck starts changing when she meets Lana Goddard Price at the gym and Sophie agrees to become her personal trainer. It's during one of these sessions that Lana asks Sophie if she'd like to house-sit for her while she goes to France for a month. One the first night there Sophie and her friend finds invitations to  a high brow charity function so Sophie and her friend decide to go dressed as Lana and friend.

There, Sophie meets Nick, for six days life is perfect and they fall more in love each day, then on the sixth day, Sophie discovers Nick dead in his hotel room and she is the main suspect. She needs to clear her name and fast!

This story takes us from London, Paris and the USA, it has all the glitz, glamour but a fabulous story behind it. A story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved this book and found it hard to put down. At nearly 600 pages it's a long read but with a plot that is pacy, it certainly didn't feel like it dragged. There were plenty of twists and truns to keep me reading and not get bored!

The characters were very realistic despite not liking all of them, my favourite character being Sophie and my least favourtie probably being Lana.

I highly recommend this book, I give it 4/5 stars.

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