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Monday, June 17, 2019

#ATBR2019 Review: The Perfect Plan by Bryan Reardon @duttonbooks @reardon_author @jessmapreviews

 The Perfect Plan 
by Bryan Reardon 

Thanks to NetGalley and Dutton for these copies.

Publisher: Dutton 
Publish Date: June 18, 2019
Kindle Edition
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller

Liam Brennan teeters on the edge. Early one morning, he snaps, kidnapping a young woman who works for Drew Brennan, Liam’s older brother and the upstart candidate in a heated election. This sudden, vicious attack appears to be the beginning of an unthinkable spiral. But when it comes to the Brennan brothers, nothing is what it seems.

To the rest of the world, Liam is the troubled problem child who grew up to be his brother’s enforcer, while Drew has always been the perfect son and a charismatic leader who has his sights set on the governor’s mansion with his charming and beautiful wife, Patsy, by his side.
Now, as Liam tries to stay one step ahead of the authorities and his brother, every passing minute provides a deeper glimpse into the brothers’ past, long hidden behind a picture-perfect suburban veneer. With the threat of the truth surfacing, Liam and Drew are driven toward one final, desperate act.

My Review:

A somber read that is less thriller and more character studies of Drew and Liam. Their sibling relationship and how they grew up affecting their present day decisions. 

Their past created two different types of people. Sociopathy runs rampant with no one to help either of them. While the characters are hard to like, I did feel for Liam. His desperate acts to reach a turning point. What happens when there's no where to turn except for within yourself?

This won't be a read for everyone. However, the writing is distinctive and extremely well done in showcasing the characters within. I'm having a hard time really putting how i feel about this into words. I do think this is a story worth reading. However, it won't be the story most thriller readers are expecting to read.


Jessica's Review:

Last year I picked up Reardon's THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN and it was a gripping psychological thriller that incorporated social media and had a very real feel to it. Going into THE PERFECT PLAN I was anticipating another fast-paced thriller, but what I got was a slower burn that was more of a character study. While there's nothing wrong with that combination, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

The author dives into the relationship between Drew and Liam - two brothers - and how their choices in life have brought them to where they are now. Liam is troubled, to say the least, and has convinced himself that he needs to kidnap this woman. Well, this woman works for his brother, Drew, who happens to be running for office. Will he be able to stay one step ahead of not only the authorities closing in on him, but also ahead of his older brother?

This is one of those books where it's hard to like or relate to the characters, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think this one is definitely worth the read, but go into it knowing it isn't the thriller that it's being marketed as. Gotta hate when the marketing does that to a book! Overall, I'll definitely still pick up more from Reardon in the future, I do really enjoy his writing and how he brings us into the minds of his characters.

3 stars

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