The Perfect Lie by Karen Osman


It’s been a while since I’ve written a review, or anything else here on the blog. With everything going on in the world right now, I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing out my opinions about the books I’ve read—until today. A quick thought written out on Goodreads ending up becoming a mini-review, so I decided to post it here, as well.

To all my followers: I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well, and getting through this difficult time as best you can. Just remember that, no matter how you are feeling right now… you are not alone. We’re all feeling stressed.  We’re all struggling with anxiety about doing normal, day-to-day things that Covid-19 has made worrisome. We’re all fearful that someone we love will be sickened with it. We WILL get through this. Things will go back to normal… or something resembling normal, at least.

In the meantime… Stay home. If you must go out, practice social distancing. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer (if you have it). Do everything medical experts advise us to do, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Reach out to friends and family when you’re struggling… and don’t be ashamed of needing to talk through your feelings. If friends and family aren’t able to give you what you need in terms of a sympathetic ear, look for an online community where you can talk about how you’re feeling right now. There are many available on Facebook, but if you want (or need) anonymity, there are tons of forums available online, and can easily be found via a Google search.

And now… here’s my review for The Perfect Lie by Karen Osman.

Wow, what a fantastic book this was!

I had a lot of theories early on, about what the “perfect lie” might be. No scenario I came up with was close, nor anywhere near as creative and shocking as what the lie turned out to be. It wasn’t until right before it was revealed in the book that I began to understand where things were heading. Convinced as I was about what was coming, it still shocked me to see it play out at the end. Afterwards, readers are shown how “the perfect lie” came to be, and it was absolutely chilling to see everything else that was part of the plan.

Speaking of the end… am I the only one who desperately wished the story went on just a little longer? I could easily imagine what might happen next, but I would have LOVED the chance to see it play out in the story. I’m certain the author would have crafted another clever twist every bit as impactful as what happened in the rest of the story.

This is the second book of Osman’s that I’ve read, and I loved it as much as I loved the first one. I will most definitely be reading every book she writes from now on. There’s nothing better than a book that keeps you guessing, only to flip everything you thought you knew on its head when the Big Revelation comes… which is exactly what she accomplished in The Perfect Lie and The Home (which I have not yet reviewed). For this reason, I’m declaring The Perfect Lie a Highly Recommended Read.

Furthermore… if you’ve been looking for a new author to read, pick up a book by Karen Osman. You won’t be sorry!

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Author: Karen Osman
Title: The Perfect Lie
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: August 8, 2019 by Aria
Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Nothing has felt right since she told the lie…

Claire Carmichael leads a charmed life. She has two beautiful sons, Jamie and Joshua, and a handsome and successful husband who loves her. She has been taught well by her mother – the most important thing Claire has is her good reputation.

He said, she said…

Even when she was in school, Claire had it all. She was clever, likable, and after passing the initiation tests, she was welcomed into the society of popular girls – The Queen Bees. So when a scandal threatened to ruin Claire’s reputation, the Queen Bees closed rank to protect her, no matter who else got hurt.

Never forgotten, never forgiven…

Claire may have moved on from her school days, but for one person who she hurt irreparably, those memories are as fresh as blood. And all it takes to reap their revenge, is ONE PERFECT LIE.

About the Author

Award-winning author, entrepreneur, and luxury travel journalist and editor, KAREN OSMAN has lived the expat life for almost twenty years across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Originally from the United Kingdom, Karen has built an impressive enterprise combining her two passions: luxury travel and the English language.

One of her latest achievements is securing a three-book deal with UK-based Head of Zeus publishing house following her win at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, The Good Mother, which was published in October 2017. Since then, The Good Mother has received incredible reviews and was also a number 1 Amazon bestseller in Australia. It is currently available to buy online or in paperback at Sainsbury’s in the UK and Magrudy’s in the UAE. Her second novel, The Home, will be published on 4 September, 2018 and she is currently writing her third book, A Perfect Lie.

Karen lives in Dubai with her husband and two young sons.



2 thoughts on “The Perfect Lie by Karen Osman

  1. It is great to see a review from you! I agree that it has been tough to motivate myself to do anything beyond the essentials. I’m in week 5 of working from home, so I feel like I’m finally settling in to this situation. I hope you and yours are safe and well!

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    • My family and I are all safe and doing fine, and I hope the same is true for you and your loved ones. Thanks for commenting, Ethan! I’m hoping to figure out some kind of blogging schedule, but until then I’ll just do what I can.


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