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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton is a creepy psychological thriller full of plenty of twists. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the novel yet, check out my spoiler-free review.
The story follows Juliette as she seeks to win back over her ex-boyfriend, Nate. He dumped her but Nate didn’t fully understand who she truly is—he’s in for a rude awakening. Juliette goes to extreme lengths to ensure they’ll get back together. She has a plan and will make sure nothing will get in her way.
Let’s get into the discussion questions
- Let’s talk about the prologue, which is set in the year 2000 and is the tragic day when Juliette’s little brother dies. How did that set the stage for what was to come?
- Juliette has one goal: to get Nate back. Why was it important for her to join the same airline that he worked at?
- Let’s talk about Juliette breaking into Nate’s apartment and leaving behind food and wine. Do you think he ever noticed that someone was there?
- Let’s dive into Juliette’s obsession with Nate. Were you surprised when he turned out to be the guy she slept with at 15? Why do you think she was so fixated on him after that? How did it further traumatize her in some ways?
- Bella’s bullying of Juliette also had a long-term impact on her. We also learn that she had a cold relationship with her mother. What do you think the author was trying to say by including so much of her backstory? Do you believe the past events helped turn Juliette into what she was?
- The story is told from Juliette’s perspective, did you like that style?
- The Vegas section is pretty wild. Were you surprised that Juliette was able to pull off the wedding?
- What was Juliette’s goal of sleeping with Bella’s fiancé, Miles? Do you think Bella will ever find out the truth?
- Let’s discuss all the shocking behavior Juliette exhibited. What was the most surprising to you? Did you ever think she would let up?
- Now let’s talk that ending! Will Nate ever be able to be free of her? What happens next for Juliette?
- Who would you cast to start in a movie or TV version of this book?
More thriller recommendations
If you’re looking for more thrillers, check out the below recommendations!
The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz is a thrilling mystery full of depth and suspense. In 2009, Edie had New York’s social world in her thrall. Mercurial and beguiling, she was the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating New York like their playground. When Edie’s body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end.
A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment, and a thriving career as a magazine’s head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered—and, worse, if she herself was involved. As she rifles through those months in 2009—combing through case files, old technology, and her fractured memories—Lindsay is forced to confront the demons of her own violent history to bring the truth to light.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is an engrossing read with plenty of shocking reveals. Alicia Berenson is married to a successful fashion photographer. Everything seems perfect until one evening, when Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.
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