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Reclusive Clare Collins crafts her novels like she crafts her life: perfectly. So the world is stunned when the famous author is found dead on the beach from a self-inflicted gunshot -- the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Her sister, Eileen, is at a loss. Clare led a charmed life: success, mansions, money…why would she throw it all away? But while reading t Reclusive Clare Collins crafts her novels like she crafts her life: perfectly. So the world is stunned when the famous author is found dead on the beach from a self-inflicted gunshot -- the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Her sister, Eileen, is at a loss. Clare led a charmed life: success, mansions, money…why would she throw it all away? But while reading through her sister’s latest—and greatest—novel, Eileen discovers a clue that unravels the fiction and reveals the painful truth. Suddenly, the life that Eileen had envied doesn’t seem so sparkling . . . Her Perfect Life is a page-turning debut that reminds us that no matter the success, everyone has secrets. And some are more devastating than others.


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Reclusive Clare Collins crafts her novels like she crafts her life: perfectly. So the world is stunned when the famous author is found dead on the beach from a self-inflicted gunshot -- the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Her sister, Eileen, is at a loss. Clare led a charmed life: success, mansions, money…why would she throw it all away? But while reading t Reclusive Clare Collins crafts her novels like she crafts her life: perfectly. So the world is stunned when the famous author is found dead on the beach from a self-inflicted gunshot -- the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Her sister, Eileen, is at a loss. Clare led a charmed life: success, mansions, money…why would she throw it all away? But while reading through her sister’s latest—and greatest—novel, Eileen discovers a clue that unravels the fiction and reveals the painful truth. Suddenly, the life that Eileen had envied doesn’t seem so sparkling . . . Her Perfect Life is a page-turning debut that reminds us that no matter the success, everyone has secrets. And some are more devastating than others.

30 review for Her Perfect Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: 'Tell me a story, Clare.' Her eyes flew open, the sound of Adam's voice still clear in her mind, but also, it was as if she had heard it in the room. His sound, his exact pitch and tone, the lifetime she'd lived with that voice - the eternity it had been since she'd heard it. 'Adam?' she whispered into the room. Only the sound of her own heart rushing in her ears answered her. Twenty years. In a few months, it will have been twenty years since that night. The thumb of her left hand press EXCERPT: 'Tell me a story, Clare.' Her eyes flew open, the sound of Adam's voice still clear in her mind, but also, it was as if she had heard it in the room. His sound, his exact pitch and tone, the lifetime she'd lived with that voice - the eternity it had been since she'd heard it. 'Adam?' she whispered into the room. Only the sound of her own heart rushing in her ears answered her. Twenty years. In a few months, it will have been twenty years since that night. The thumb of her left hand pressed against his ring on her finger. She opened the journal and stared down into her eleven-year-old handwriting. Looking at the loopy and irregular, slightly wild cursive that had improved only a little in the last twenty-seven years, Clare read the first line she'd ever put down into the world. 'Mama said Daddy isn't coming home.' ABOUT THIS BOOK: Reclusive Clare Collins crafts her novels like she crafts her life: perfectly. So the world is stunned when the famous author is found dead on the beach from a self-inflicted gunshot -- the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Her sister, Eileen, is at a loss. Clare led a charmed life: success, mansions, money…why would she throw it all away? But while reading through her sister’s latest—and greatest—novel, Eileen discovers a clue that unravels the fiction and reveals the painful truth. Suddenly, the life that Eileen had envied doesn’t seem so sparkling . . . MY THOUGHTS: You know those days when you've forgotten your lunch, so you stop and buy a sandwich out of the cabinet on your way to work, and it looks fine, but by the time you get to it, it's kind of dried out a little and curling round the edges? That was my experience in reading Her Perfect Life by Rebecca Taylor. Unfortunately, I didn't become enthralled or captivated by either the characters or the storyline, which I had figured out early on. This is a rags to riches story. Small town girl makes good - leaves behind her tragic past and triumphs over it. Only, you know what they say . . . you can run away, but you always take yourself with you. The two sisters, Clare and Eileen, couldn't be more different, their only similarity being their artistic talents. Clare is beautiful, talented, a successful writer who churns out a number of bestsellers each year. She is ridiculously wealthy and adored by both her agent husband and her fans. Clare's daily life is filled with stillness and silence, her mansion home reflecting this. She is also complicated and secretive. A mystery. She keeps her life carefully compartmentalised. 'To know Clare, truly, was to accept the fact that you couldn't ever know what was swirling beneath her beautiful surface.' And this is, perhaps, her greatest attraction. Eileen's life is constant chaos. It's filled with her children, her dogs, her phone and her husband. She struggles to make a living as a photographer, relying on taking family portraits to keep afloat. She is an open book. The two sisters have never really understood one another and, as a result, have never been close. The story is told by both Clare, narrating the years that led to her suicide, and Eileen, coping with the aftermath of Clare's death while also dealing with issues of her own. This is a quick, easy read, but for me it wasn't a satisfying one. 😑😑.5 #HerPerfectLife #NetGalley 'Time hated her - and it was clearly personal.' THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Taylor lives in sunny Colorado with her husband, two teens, and two tragically spoiled dogs. Her Perfect Life is her debut novel. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Sourcebooks, Landmark for providing a digital ARC of Her Perfect Life by Rebecca Taylor for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    This was an unexpectedly great novel. The writing was quick and effective, the characters were very well fleshed out and felt entirely authentic, and the story was intriguing. I breezed through this book, staying up half the night to finish. There is a small twist at the end, but an easy one to see coming. Thankfully, figuring things out didn't dampen my enthusiasm for the story in the least. The characters brought this story to life in a way that made twists unnecessary. What did dampen my e This was an unexpectedly great novel. The writing was quick and effective, the characters were very well fleshed out and felt entirely authentic, and the story was intriguing. I breezed through this book, staying up half the night to finish. There is a small twist at the end, but an easy one to see coming. Thankfully, figuring things out didn't dampen my enthusiasm for the story in the least. The characters brought this story to life in a way that made twists unnecessary. What did dampen my enthusiasm was the death of a pet dog near the end of the novel. Although it was an accident and there were no nefarious intentions, it still broke my heart...while also ticking me off. It was so unnecessary. When are authors going to learn that dying pets are never good for their ratings? Overall, though, this is a gorgeous story covering themes of suicide, infidelity, dementia, and a mother's desire to protect her children...despite their not-so-great choices. Triggers: Suicide, infidelity, the death of a pet Please pick up your own copy on June 2, 2020. **Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    The World is stunned when best-selling author Clare Collins is found dead on the beach, from an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound, the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Could her latest novel, one that is very different from previous releases, provide her sister Eileen with the answer of WHY, Clare would end what appeared to be “A Perfect Life”? After reading this synopsis, I was expecting, perhaps, the “book within a book” concept that I always enjoy..present day, alternating The World is stunned when best-selling author Clare Collins is found dead on the beach, from an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound, the morning after her latest book hits the shelves. Could her latest novel, one that is very different from previous releases, provide her sister Eileen with the answer of WHY, Clare would end what appeared to be “A Perfect Life”? After reading this synopsis, I was expecting, perhaps, the “book within a book” concept that I always enjoy..present day, alternating with chapters from Clare’s novel but that is not how the story is presented. Eileen does find Clare’s journals, amongst her belongings, and they provide some answers but the structure is actually : The years before Clare’s death alternating with Eileen, present day, who is dealing with some revelations in her own life. Both women’s narratives held my interest throughout, but it should be noted that this well written novel reads like a Contempory Women’s Fiction book despite the element of mystery surrounding Clare’s death. Despite this being the author’s debut Adult Fiction novel, Rebecca Taylor is a psychologist, and the characters and their emotions ring true because of her knowledge in this field. I definitely will be keeping my eye out for future work from this talented author! TRIGGERS: Suicide, Infidelity and the death of a beloved pet dog! (HATED THAT!) Thank You to Netgalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and the author for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! And, to Susan and DeAnn for a great discussion and buddy read. NG reviewers this is a READ NOW selection Available to all on June 2, 2020!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This intriguing debut novel, “Her Perfect Life” by Rebecca Taylor explores the bonds of sisterhood in the aftermath of suicide. Eileen Greyden, was an overworked Colorado married mother of three when she received a call that her sister Clare Collins, a famous celebrity novelist had taken her own life on her private beachfront estate near San Francisco. Simon, Eileen’s distraught brother-in-law, could barely function-- she rushed to his side to help and make final arrangements. Before leaving, Eil This intriguing debut novel, “Her Perfect Life” by Rebecca Taylor explores the bonds of sisterhood in the aftermath of suicide. Eileen Greyden, was an overworked Colorado married mother of three when she received a call that her sister Clare Collins, a famous celebrity novelist had taken her own life on her private beachfront estate near San Francisco. Simon, Eileen’s distraught brother-in-law, could barely function-- she rushed to his side to help and make final arrangements. Before leaving, Eileen found a packet of photos affixed to the windshield of her husband Eric’s car that she needed to drive to the airport. Eileen examined the shocking contents of the packet, which could permanently change and alter her family life. In California, Eileen and Simon were forced to contemplate why a multi-million USD bestselling novelist would end her life, at the peak of her success. There were no clues. Simon, also represented his wife as her literary agent, he adored her and their luxurious life of vast wealth and fame. As the story progressed, it became apparent that Eileen and her sister were not close. Eileen and Simon consumed a lot of wine as they read and studied the stories, writing, and Clare's personal papers in hopes of unraveling the mysterious reasons surrounding her death. As the story drew to a close, the reasons that led to Clare Collins death seemed to be based on speculation rather than reality or fact. It just seemed unlikely that a successful mega-celebrity novelist would or could hide glaring mental afflictions that often lead to suicide without clues or detection by loved ones. The real intrigue of this story wasn’t actually entirely about Clare Collins, but rather, Eileen, and how she would address the contents of the packet. (3*GOOD) ** With thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark via NetGalley for the ADC for the purpose of review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I hadn’t planned on reading Her Perfect Life due to subject matter. Suicide isn't a trigger for me, but I do steer away from it. Psychopathic murderers yes, killing yourself, no. A buddy read with Jayme and DeeAnn enticed me to expand my boundaries. Clair’s life and suicide shared the spotlight with her sister Eileen’s equally compelling story. I was immediately absorbed into both with the author’s writing style being easy to comprehend. Although the book didn’t seem to move fast, I couldn’t put it I hadn’t planned on reading Her Perfect Life due to subject matter. Suicide isn't a trigger for me, but I do steer away from it. Psychopathic murderers yes, killing yourself, no. A buddy read with Jayme and DeeAnn enticed me to expand my boundaries. Clair’s life and suicide shared the spotlight with her sister Eileen’s equally compelling story. I was immediately absorbed into both with the author’s writing style being easy to comprehend. Although the book didn’t seem to move fast, I couldn’t put it down and was finished quickly. I have mixed feelings because overall, it was an excellent book. BUT, a pet dog was killed near the end. If it had happened earlier on, I would’ve stopped reading and not finished. I REALLY hate when authors do this. Especially with all the other sad elements of the story, it was completely unnecessary. A bitter pill for an otherwise great book. Thank you to Netgalley, Rebecca Taylor, and Sourcebooks Landmark for my electronic copy

  6. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    *Now available 4 great writing stars This one was a pleasant surprise, a buddy read (thanks Jayme and Susan) that I went into blind. It turns out that I really liked the writing in this one and the author is from my home state of Colorado, winner! We have two sisters in this one – uber-successful writer Clare Collins and her sister Eileen, a wife and mother of three. The two sisters have grown apart and Eileen is stunned to get a call that her sister is dead. She flies to San Francisco to find out *Now available 4 great writing stars This one was a pleasant surprise, a buddy read (thanks Jayme and Susan) that I went into blind. It turns out that I really liked the writing in this one and the author is from my home state of Colorado, winner! We have two sisters in this one – uber-successful writer Clare Collins and her sister Eileen, a wife and mother of three. The two sisters have grown apart and Eileen is stunned to get a call that her sister is dead. She flies to San Francisco to find out more and work out details with her brother-in-law Simon. As Eileen digs more into Clare’s life and especially the last book that she wrote, the past starts to be more relevant. Eileen has some issues and secrets of her own to deal with. The book was written with alternating storylines from the two women, but I didn’t have any trouble keeping them apart. I found that I connected and related more to Eileen, but both characters were interesting and developed. This debut novel is one that I would recommend. I should note that there are a few triggers in this one: death of a family pet, infidelity, and suicide. This one is a "read now" on Netgalley and releases 6.2.2020. Thank you to NetGalley, Rebecca Taylor, Sourcebooks/Landmark for an early copy of this one to read in return for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Clare Collins had a perfect life. She was successful, rich, famous, beautiful - she had it all. Or did she? When Clare is found dead of an apparent suicide. Clare’s sister, Eileen and Clare’s husband, Simon, try to plan Clare’s funeral and determine why she chose to commit suicide. Can anyone ever honestly have “a perfect life” or is it a myth - smoke and mirrors. Her Perfect Life is a fluid read that gets my 5 star rating.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Wow, authors lead such glamorous, dangerous lives... Except me. I live a life of cats and spaghetti and getting excited about mail.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Nothing really to say except this is not a "thriller" in my sense of the word or genre. We do have a mystery (that did not shock me when we get to the reveal) about why one character killed herself. Other than that, the book I thought did a solid job showing how women see themselves and others and how so many people can think that their life or marriage is perfect when it's not. I liked the two sisters/ Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Nothing really to say except this is not a "thriller" in my sense of the word or genre. We do have a mystery (that did not shock me when we get to the reveal) about why one character killed herself. Other than that, the book I thought did a solid job showing how women see themselves and others and how so many people can think that their life or marriage is perfect when it's not. I liked the two sisters/characters (Clare and Eileen). I also felt very sad for Clare. It definitely leaves you wondering about what things would have looked like had she chosen differently and or just accepted things when she was in high school. "Her Perfect Life" follows harried mother, Eileen. Eileen is happily married, but feels a bit overwhelmed with her life and her three children. Her husband barely seems around to help her, but she counts herself lucky compared to her sister, Clare. Eileen is jealous of Clare and it seems as if the two sisters are slightly estranged. When Eileen gets a phone call from her sister Clare's husband Simon, he informs her that Clare has killed herself. Eileen and Simon struggle with what was so bad in Clare's life that would have her kill herself. The book jumps back and forth between Eileen, Simon, and Clare and we get chapters showing Clare 2 years before her death all the way to 20 years before her death. Eileen and Simon for the most part are in the present day with I think just 1 or 2 chapters showing Simon before. I really liked all of the characters. You feel sad for everyone by the time you are done with the book. Clare for not trusting those around her. Eileen for realizing that what she thought was true about a lot of things, was not. Simon for realizing he never knew his life. The writing was very good. The characters all have distinct voices. Clare as a teen's voice is different than her voice set 2 years before her death which makes sense. She is the only one we get to see change over the course of years which I think made sense. The setting of the book moves between California and Colorado. The setting of Clare and Simon's house felt fragile and it makes sense considering what you find via the book about Simon and Clare. The ending leaves things on a hopeful note though which I liked.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Her Perfect Life publishes TODAY! Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for my review copy! Author Clare Collins is dead by her own hand the morning after her latest novel hits shelves. The world is shocked. Clare's sister, Eileen is at a loss as to how and why this happened ... unable to understand with all her sisters wealth and fame how she could throw it all away... Yet another book that wasn't on my radar until it arrived at my door. I went into this without reading the synopsis and was very Her Perfect Life publishes TODAY! Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for my review copy! Author Clare Collins is dead by her own hand the morning after her latest novel hits shelves. The world is shocked. Clare's sister, Eileen is at a loss as to how and why this happened ... unable to understand with all her sisters wealth and fame how she could throw it all away... Yet another book that wasn't on my radar until it arrived at my door. I went into this without reading the synopsis and was very pleased with the outcome! Another author to add to my watch list. I really enjoyed the flow of this book, the different perspectives from several characters (between the past and present) and the storyline. Fast paced, a little twisty and very well written. The book touches on several hard topics, suicide, infidelity, dementia & the death of a pet.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Her Perfect Life draws you in from the first page. This book ask the question if you can ever can really know someone. On the outside, Clare looks like she has it all; great marriage, successful career, fame and notoriety. Her sudden suicide comes as a devastating shock to Clare’s husband and sister, Eileen. As they try to unravel the mystery behind her death, long-buried secrets are revealed and lives are changed forever. Heartbreaking and captivating, Rebecca Taylor’s novel clutches your heart Her Perfect Life draws you in from the first page. This book ask the question if you can ever can really know someone. On the outside, Clare looks like she has it all; great marriage, successful career, fame and notoriety. Her sudden suicide comes as a devastating shock to Clare’s husband and sister, Eileen. As they try to unravel the mystery behind her death, long-buried secrets are revealed and lives are changed forever. Heartbreaking and captivating, Rebecca Taylor’s novel clutches your heart and won’t let go. Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for my ARC!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    A story essentially about two sisters. Clare was the award winning author and Eileen got to know that she committed suicide. But why? Clare had everything in her life. My first book by the author, writing was thrilling in most parts. I got to know the lives of both the sisters and the secrets that revolved around them. Emotions were laid bare as the past and present intertwined. The mystery with its twist at the end was predictable. I couldn't connect much with the characters, but it was the stor A story essentially about two sisters. Clare was the award winning author and Eileen got to know that she committed suicide. But why? Clare had everything in her life. My first book by the author, writing was thrilling in most parts. I got to know the lives of both the sisters and the secrets that revolved around them. Emotions were laid bare as the past and present intertwined. The mystery with its twist at the end was predictable. I couldn't connect much with the characters, but it was the story which got to me. Overall, a fun read

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    Eileen hasn’t seen her sister Clare in a while but she is stunned when Clare commits suicide. Clare is a famous novelist residing in a home she had built to her specifications and Eileen envisioned her life to be perfect, so why would she kill herself? I was drawn into this story very quickly and enjoyed it right up until the end. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate R

    Her Perfect Life is a great mystery that kept me guessing all the way through. Clare Collins is a successful, famous author and it seems she is living the perfect life. Eileen, Clare’s sister, is a frazzled, mom of three, with a seemingly perfect marriage. The book starts with Eileen getting a phone call from Clare’s husband, Simon, to the news that her sister has committed suicide. She heads to San Francisico to meet with Simon and try to piece together the details of why Clare would have kille Her Perfect Life is a great mystery that kept me guessing all the way through. Clare Collins is a successful, famous author and it seems she is living the perfect life. Eileen, Clare’s sister, is a frazzled, mom of three, with a seemingly perfect marriage. The book starts with Eileen getting a phone call from Clare’s husband, Simon, to the news that her sister has committed suicide. She heads to San Francisico to meet with Simon and try to piece together the details of why Clare would have killed herself. What ensues are chapters alternating from the present and past chapters from Clare, Simon and Eileen. In the end, we finally get the truth. It goes to show you that many people are hiding behind their perfect life with secrets and lies. It was a fascinating, engaging read that could lead to some great discussions. I would highly recommend this one. TW: infidelity, suicide, death * ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Everyone believes the grass is greener but truly all you need is some water from time to time. Folks, we have here a story of perfection but is it really perfect? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and sometimes an eye for an eye is needed to even up all sides. With this one we see two women (sisters) who have lived lives they each thought was better than the other with two interesting timelines. One with Eileen after revealing her sister Clare's sudden and unexpected suicide. The other with Everyone believes the grass is greener but truly all you need is some water from time to time. Folks, we have here a story of perfection but is it really perfect? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and sometimes an eye for an eye is needed to even up all sides. With this one we see two women (sisters) who have lived lives they each thought was better than the other with two interesting timelines. One with Eileen after revealing her sister Clare's sudden and unexpected suicide. The other with Clare and the time frame leading up to the decision making process as well as the flawed life as a writer. I first must note the interview with Rebecca Taylor in the end was quite interesting so make sure you don't miss out. It was full of the writing process in determining ideas to put to paper and the Olympics with Michael Phelps and the two women supporting him was the basis for this writing. Fascinating to read how it all came together for Rebecca as this is a first read for me with her novel. There was plenty to interest the appetite in this one from thrillers to plot twists to characters full of colorful dimensional facets to their lives. The masterful plot twist near the end was magnificent on several levels. The mother of the women has alzheimers but eventually spills the beans but not before doing some covering for Clare. Clare and Eileen both had flaws and hardships to endure but came out of them with distinct individuality. Clare's outcome was written by several reviewers as expected and probable but I suppose I'm a slow learner because it was unexpected for me. Her death resulted because of this connection to Adam and what happened the night he was accused of driving drunk. It's a shocker because that decision process in driving that day changed many lives. The question that must be asked is do you feel confident that Adam was the sole driver behind the wheel? Could there be others involved? Now with Eileen we question her ability to move forward after her cheating husband. Give a girl a pen she rewrites the story her way. No worries, Eileen is all good as a soon to be divorcee with some bright spots on the horizon and possibly a new romantic partner. This ties it all up in the end to create a wonderful piece of fiction. Thank you to Rebecca, the publisher, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Pure delight! Secrets, envy, and infidelity are the twisty backdrop in Rebecca Taylor’s page-turning debut. Eileen envies her successful sister Clare’s life. Both live their own versions of the perfect life, or, at least Eileen tries to. With a husband and three children she can barely keep up with her household chores, or getting the kids to school on time. Upon Clare’s death, shocking photos of infidelity and stacks of secret diaries spanning back to adolescence reveal their lives were anything Pure delight! Secrets, envy, and infidelity are the twisty backdrop in Rebecca Taylor’s page-turning debut. Eileen envies her successful sister Clare’s life. Both live their own versions of the perfect life, or, at least Eileen tries to. With a husband and three children she can barely keep up with her household chores, or getting the kids to school on time. Upon Clare’s death, shocking photos of infidelity and stacks of secret diaries spanning back to adolescence reveal their lives were anything but perfect. Written in easy to keep track dual-storylines, this novel centers around life, family and the complexities of marriage. It’s fast-paced, smartly written narrative is perfect for women contemporary readers. Highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jazzyb Webb

    This book follows Eileen and Simon after the death of Claire, with Clairs story being told as well. The book leads takes you on a journey to begin with, its really interesting trying to find out why Clair killed herself. However once you find out the reason its predictable and I actually was completely let down. I struggled to love this book, as I said the first half is more gripping than the second half. Eileen's character is very relatable but also quite boring if I'm honest and Simon didn't r This book follows Eileen and Simon after the death of Claire, with Clairs story being told as well. The book leads takes you on a journey to begin with, its really interesting trying to find out why Clair killed herself. However once you find out the reason its predictable and I actually was completely let down. I struggled to love this book, as I said the first half is more gripping than the second half. Eileen's character is very relatable but also quite boring if I'm honest and Simon didn't really need his own chapters. I am giving it 3 stars though as I did enjoy the begining when I first started reading I thought it would be a easy 5 star book but it let's itself down. It's a mundane story. Chic lit. If you are looking for a quick and easy book to read on holiday this is a good book for you. Thank you source books and netgalley for providing a PRC of her perfect life in exchange for a free and honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Her Perfect Life was definitely a page-turning read for me. Clare Collins seems to have it all - a successful writing career, a huge home and a loving husband. So, when she ends her own life, those who knew her are taken by surprise. Meanwhile, her sister, Eileen and her husband, Simon are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what would have led Clare to take the actions she did. Perhaps the answers lie within her latest novel, A Perfect Life. Through reading the book and through Clare’s jo Her Perfect Life was definitely a page-turning read for me. Clare Collins seems to have it all - a successful writing career, a huge home and a loving husband. So, when she ends her own life, those who knew her are taken by surprise. Meanwhile, her sister, Eileen and her husband, Simon are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what would have led Clare to take the actions she did. Perhaps the answers lie within her latest novel, A Perfect Life. Through reading the book and through Clare’s journals, they learn more about her inner thoughts and life experiences, digging out some secrets along the way. The novel is primarily told through Eileen’s perspective, but includes points of view from Simon and Clare as well. Throughout the novel, Taylor does a great job foreshadowing the events to come, so the ending wasn’t a surprise, but more like a finished puzzle when the pieces finally all fit together. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend to readers who like mystery and psychological thrillers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janice Lombardo

    Eileen, a mother of three (and her husband, Eric, who shuns chores) is shocked to learn that her sister, Clare Collins, has died. Clare was an accomplished author, beautiful, rich and successful. Eileen's brother-in-law, Simon, calls to tell Eileen that Clare committed suicide. He wants her to fly to San Francisco and he will have a car waiting to take Eileen the 40 miles north to Clare and Simon's mansion. Eileen receives a surprise of her own as she gets ready to board her flight to California. Eileen, a mother of three (and her husband, Eric, who shuns chores) is shocked to learn that her sister, Clare Collins, has died. Clare was an accomplished author, beautiful, rich and successful. Eileen's brother-in-law, Simon, calls to tell Eileen that Clare committed suicide. He wants her to fly to San Francisco and he will have a car waiting to take Eileen the 40 miles north to Clare and Simon's mansion. Eileen receives a surprise of her own as she gets ready to board her flight to California. As the story progresses we learn more about Clare and Eileen's earlier years and their triumphs and struggle they went through together.. The question of WHY Clare committed suicide remains as does the major problem Eileen faces back home in Denver.. Excellent writing and character depiction! Loved this book!!! RECOMMEND! Many Thanks to Source Books Landmark and NetGalley for a great read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Successful writer Clare Collins and Eileen, a wife and mother of three, are sisters. One day, Eileen receives a phone call from Simon, Clare's husband in which he reveals shocking news... Clare has been found dead on a beach after apparently shooting herself. Eileen cannot understand why her sister - someone who led a charmed life - would do this, so she heads to San Francisco to meet with Simon. But did Clare really have the alluring lifestyle that Eileen found so enviable? Her Perfect Life is t Successful writer Clare Collins and Eileen, a wife and mother of three, are sisters. One day, Eileen receives a phone call from Simon, Clare's husband in which he reveals shocking news... Clare has been found dead on a beach after apparently shooting herself. Eileen cannot understand why her sister - someone who led a charmed life - would do this, so she heads to San Francisco to meet with Simon. But did Clare really have the alluring lifestyle that Eileen found so enviable? Her Perfect Life is told in seamlessly transitioning chapters between past and present, narrated by Simon and Eileen, with excerpts from Clare's journals and published works. This style worked very well for me, making unfolding events easy to follow. The characterisation by Rebecca Taylor was very well done and each had plenty of personality and depth. I was invested in all of them and needed to know how the story would pan out. Her Perfect Life is an engaging piece of domestic fiction about sisterhood and relationships that included good dollops of harboured secrets, infidelity, duplicity, lies, and envy. A pretty good début and an all-round riveting read. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Sourcebooks Landmark via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lyndie

    I want to preface my review by saying that there are a few themes that may be triggering to some readers. The theme of suicide is prevalent although it is handled elegantly and not detailed/ gory or romanticized in any way. Also the theme of infidelity is witnessed within multiple characters. Does anyone truly have the perfect life? Her Perfect life at its core is a story of love, loss, grief, and what it means to simply be human. Clare is a writer who has been trying to tell the same story for y I want to preface my review by saying that there are a few themes that may be triggering to some readers. The theme of suicide is prevalent although it is handled elegantly and not detailed/ gory or romanticized in any way. Also the theme of infidelity is witnessed within multiple characters. Does anyone truly have the perfect life? Her Perfect life at its core is a story of love, loss, grief, and what it means to simply be human. Clare is a writer who has been trying to tell the same story for years. When she is finally admits it to herself and writes the true story, its enough to break her. Eileen is a mother who is struggling with the loss of her older sister while also coping with the discovery of her husbands infidelity. They are such relatable and believable characters that your heart cant help but to ache for them. Her perfect life is a truly engaging read that kept me on edge with each turn of the page. The story flows effortlessly and the characters are layered in a way that makes them obviously flawed and very much human. Overall I fell unexpectedly in love with this book. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mickey

    "Long before Clare had become Clare Collins, she had been a force in the world. Audacious, fearless even. It didn't add up, didn't make sense. Why?" When Eileen finds out her sister Clare is dead, she goes to her sisters home in order to make some kind of sense of it all. Reading the journals that Clare has kept from the age of eleven and her newly published novel, Eileen starts to understand that Clare didn't have a perfect life after all. Let me start by saying, I didn't hate this one. But I did "Long before Clare had become Clare Collins, she had been a force in the world. Audacious, fearless even. It didn't add up, didn't make sense. Why?" When Eileen finds out her sister Clare is dead, she goes to her sisters home in order to make some kind of sense of it all. Reading the journals that Clare has kept from the age of eleven and her newly published novel, Eileen starts to understand that Clare didn't have a perfect life after all. Let me start by saying, I didn't hate this one. But I didn't love it either. I felt like it was pretty slow paced, and found there were still a few unanswered questions at the end. I predicted the ending quite early on and was disappointed by the lack of shock factor/twists. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This was a delightful surprise. I enjoyed the book and found it very compelling. The story of Eileen who has her entire life upended in a day when she learns of her sister’s death and her husband’s affair. The author created a very sympathetic central character in Eileen. She lived under the shadow of her “perfect” sister, a world famous author as she struggled to raise her 3 children. I think so many of us can identify with her, financial issues, crumbling marriage, parent with Alzheimer’s.; sa This was a delightful surprise. I enjoyed the book and found it very compelling. The story of Eileen who has her entire life upended in a day when she learns of her sister’s death and her husband’s affair. The author created a very sympathetic central character in Eileen. She lived under the shadow of her “perfect” sister, a world famous author as she struggled to raise her 3 children. I think so many of us can identify with her, financial issues, crumbling marriage, parent with Alzheimer’s.; sadly common. I know book groups will enjoy reading and discussing this book. This is Taylor’s first novel, I look forward to reading more. I did enjoy the way that the author pulled all the strings together, so I had a good sense of closure. This is a great beach read, just serious enough, but ultimately satisfying. Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    A.G. Henley

    Debut author Rebecca Taylor spins a superb story of two sisters who, despite growing up together, might as well have been strangers. Secrets, lies, and tragic truths unspoken swirl together through the pages, creating a sophisticated page-turner. It felt like sneaking a read of someone’s fascinating private diary—and being completely powerless to put it down. A five-star read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    lady book reader

    Her Perfect life is an edge of your seat novel. Very fast read. Eileen and Claire are sisters. They haven’t seen each other in a few years. Eileen is married with 3 kids. Clare is a famous fiction writer married to Simon her agent. Eileen’s life is falling apart when she receives a call from Simon saying Claire died.

  26. 5 out of 5

    lady book reader

    Her Perfect life is an edge of your seat novel. Very fast read. Eileen and Claire are sisters. They haven’t seen each other in a few years. Eileen is married with 3 kids. Clare is a famous fiction writer married to Simon her agent. Eileen’s life is falling apart when she receives a call from Simon saying Claire died.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Prendergast (lifeandbookswithme)

    I went into it thinking it was a thriller for some reason and it’s not. I would say this is more of a women’s/contemporary fiction about a woman struggling with her new reality. Eileen was always jealous of her sister, Clare, because she found success as a best-selling author. They had been estranged for three years when Eileen receives the call from Clare’s husband, informing her that Clare has committed suicide. Eileen jumps on a plane to help with the funeral and to inform her mother, not rea I went into it thinking it was a thriller for some reason and it’s not. I would say this is more of a women’s/contemporary fiction about a woman struggling with her new reality. Eileen was always jealous of her sister, Clare, because she found success as a best-selling author. They had been estranged for three years when Eileen receives the call from Clare’s husband, informing her that Clare has committed suicide. Eileen jumps on a plane to help with the funeral and to inform her mother, not realizing that her life will never be the same once she comes back home to her own husband and three kids. I was not expecting to like this novel as much as I did. The characters were real and raw while dealing with their grief. It was a bit slow in spots but the narrative is interesting as the novel includes three viewpoints along with excerpts of Clare’s published works. The writing style is short and sweet and the ending solves all of the conflicts. This was an enjoyable read for me and I had a hard time putting it down.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Here’s my advice for when you sit down to read this book, turn off your phone, pour a glass of wine or cup of tea, and prepare to be sucked in for the next five hours. This books wants to be read in one sitting, it’s that addictive. Perfect summer read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I chose this book based on the title because, hey, who doesn't want a perfect life? After reading the synopsis, I decided to go forth and request it and almost immediately I was into the story. Mostly, the story is about two sisters, Eileen and Clare. They both grew up and got married but while one THINKS she is happily married, the other one is in a happy marriage but she neve Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I chose this book based on the title because, hey, who doesn't want a perfect life? After reading the synopsis, I decided to go forth and request it and almost immediately I was into the story. Mostly, the story is about two sisters, Eileen and Clare. They both grew up and got married but while one THINKS she is happily married, the other one is in a happy marriage but she never actually loved her husband. She married him because she will never have a love like her first love(who happens to be dead now), she really thinks he is a great guy, and he believes in her. And also happens to be her publisher. The book flip-flops between past and present and between sisters so if you don't read the top of the page that tells you when and who, you might get confused. It starts out with Eileen finding out her famous sister is dead by her own hand. As she heads to the airport to go help her brother-in-law get things settled, she finds out that her life is not what she thinks it is. Essentially, there are so many small twists in this book that I never lost interest at any given time. I loved the characters, I loved the storyline, and I loved the author's descriptions and writing style. I would definitely read more books by this author. :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Conrey

    It’s true that I love it when writers write about writers. I’m just so sure I’m going to get the inside scoop. Of course, this book is more than just the process and the pain, and the ‘sometimes if you’re lucky you hit the really big’ big time. You might think that’s where all the problems start-with the writer-but you would be wrong. Her Perfect Life is filled with husbands who love too much and husbands who don’t love enough and the occasional good guy who shows up at all the wrong times and, of It’s true that I love it when writers write about writers. I’m just so sure I’m going to get the inside scoop. Of course, this book is more than just the process and the pain, and the ‘sometimes if you’re lucky you hit the really big’ big time. You might think that’s where all the problems start-with the writer-but you would be wrong. Her Perfect Life is filled with husbands who love too much and husbands who don’t love enough and the occasional good guy who shows up at all the wrong times and, of course two sisters who never really understand each other. This is a winner of a debut! Thank you to both NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book. Bravo, Ms. Taylor. Looking forward to your next book!

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