A group of five girls, united by their hatred of the school bully Nolan Hotchkiss, discuss how they would kill him if they had the chance. They all have their valid reasons but it was just talk. They weren’t actually going to do it. When Nolan dies in the exact way that the girls talked about, they’re the main suspects only they didn’t do it. Someone must have overheard their plan and they need to find out who it is before they’re framed for something they didn’t do.
Holy teenage tropes and drama! I’m not surprised this first book in a 2-book series is currently in development with the CW network. It’s certainly got all the markings of a television series. Everything from suicide, bullies, love triangles, abuse… you name it. It’s all in this book. That being said, in true fashion a la Pretty Little Liars (only with FIVE girls, not four), Shepard certainly has a way with spinning a good murder mystery tale. I have only read the first few in the PLL series, and only seen the first season, but I do see some of the similarities that will appeal to fans of PLL.
I did enjoy the story and the set-up to the final book is left on a doozy of a cliffhanger. There are a number of suspects that keeps you guessing. It’s refreshing that it’s only a 2-book series rather than having it drag on forever. “The Perfectionists” is a really appropriate title given how much is quickly revealed about just how NOT perfect everybody really is.