Review: Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan has quickly become a favorite author of mine! I have adored all of her books that I have read and I was super excited to check out her latest novel, Her Perfect Life. One of the things that I have loved about Ryan’s novels is that she always writes compelling female characters that are flawed and complex and this book sounded like it would be right up my alley!

Her mysteries are always a fun read and since Ryan is a former investigative reporter each book has this great investigative quality that feels modern and relevant. Ryan has also won numerous awards and accolades for her mysteries which gives me confidence that her novels are solid and well worth the read.

Not only is Ryan a wonderful writer with great books, she is just a general great human being! She is one of my favorite Tall Poppy Writers that I have worked with in the last few years. She is always so great to work with and I simply just enjoy her as a person and I love how her personality translates into her books. If you are even a little on the fence about reading one of Ryan’s books—just do it already. You won’t be disappointed!


The next thrilling standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Everyone knows Lily Atwood—and that may be her biggest problem. The beloved television reporter has it all—fame, fortune, Emmys, an adorable seven-year-old daughter, and the hashtag her loving fans created: #PerfectLily. To keep it, all she has to do is protect one life-changing secret. 

Her own. 

Lily has an anonymous source who feeds her story tips—but suddenly, the source begins telling Lily inside information about her own life. How does he—or she—know the truth? 

Lily understands that no one reveals a secret unless they have a reason. Now she’s terrified someone is determined to destroy her world—and with it, everyone and everything she holds dear.

How much will she risk to keep her perfect life? (summary from Goodreads)


I think so many women will relate to Lily’s character and struggles. Even if the average woman isn’t ‘in the spotlight’ the same way the Lily is, I think the pressure to be ‘perfect’ is so relevant to the modern woman. I know for me there is a ton of pressure to be all the things to all the people and never slip up and make a mistake. That’s what drew me to Lily, that shared struggle to be ‘perfect’. I think lots of modern women readers will love that about Lily and this book. It completely drew me in and made me feel so invested in Lily and her story. While there is plenty for the average reader to like about Lily, there are things that make her anything but the average character. For one—she has a missing older sister and the crime was never solved and of course—-a secret she does NOT want revealed.

While I enjoyed this book and Lily’s character, there were things that gave me pause. Lily is a great representation of a modern women but then there was this gullibility that didn’t fit with her character. While it wasn’t enough to put me off to her character or the story, it was definitely there and I was surprised by how gullible she was considering how her character was set up. But other than that I still really enThe joyed this one and sorting out the mystery. The mystery was (as always), smart, twisty and enjoyable. I kept me reading and held my interested through till the end. It had Ryan’s trademark style and I felt that it kept its pace very well. Fans of Ryan will no doubt enjoy this one.

This is a standalone book so if you haven’t tried out Ryan’s books before, I would recommend this one—or any of her standalone novels! This one was a quick read for me, I could easily have read it in one sitting but I did stretch it out a bit, because ‘life’, but I think that it has enough drive and twists to keep readers up late to find out what happened and find out if Lily’s life is indeed as ‘perfect’ as she would like everyone to think. If you love mystery and suspense that will keep you guessing then this is the book for you!

Book Info and Rating

Format336 pages, Hardcover

Expected publicationSeptember 14, 2021 by Forge Books

ISBN9781250258885 (ISBN10: 125025888X)

Free review copy provided by publisher, Forge Books in partnership with the Tall Poppy Writers/Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: mystery, suspence


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