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An unfaithful wife. A cheating lover. A loyal friend. A jealous husband. All four lives are manipulated by a sinister mastermind in a vengeful plot about to spin fatally out of control. Written by Stephen King's favorite American suspense novelist....

Title : A Perfect Crime
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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A Perfect Crime Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-03-28 14:52

    Onvan : A Perfect Crime - Nevisande : Peter Abrahams - ISBN : 345426800 - ISBN13 : 9780345426802 - Dar 384 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998

  • George K.
    2019-03-23 13:57

    "Ένα τέλειο έγκλημα", εκδόσεις Bell.Το βιβλίο ουσιαστικά το διάβασα μέσα σε μια μέρα, χθες, όμως μόλις τώρα βρήκα λίγο χρόνο για να γράψω κριτική. Εγώ έτσι και αλλιώς διαβάζω γρήγορα (ανάλογα βέβαια και με την δυσκολία του κείμενου), ειλικρινά όμως ούτε που κατάλαβα πότε τελείωσα το συγκεκριμένο θρίλερ. Ο Στίβεν Κινγκ έχει αναφερθεί σ'αυτό το βιβλίο, λέγοντας τα καλύτερα, έχοντας το πλέον τελειώσει, μπορώ να συμφωνήσω μαζί του, αν και όχι στον απόλυτο βαθμό.Ας πούμε όμως λίγα λόγια για την ιστορία: Η Φράνσι έχει μια εξωσυζυγική σχέση με τον Νεντ, έναν ψυχίατρο που έχει ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή. Άντρας της Φράνσι είναι ο Ρότζερ, αριστούχος του Χάρβαρντ και με σπάνια ευφυΐα, ο οποίος μένει ξαφνικά άνεργος και απομονώνεται από την γυναίκα του. Κάποια στιγμή καταλαβαίνει την απιστία της. Και σχεδιάζει να κάνει το τέλειο έγκλημα, σκοτώνοντας την γυναίκα του και ίσως τον εραστή της. Στην όλη ιστορία θα μπλεχτεί και η ευάλωτη γυναίκα του Νεντ, η Ανν, καθώς και ένας αποφυλακισμένος εγκληματίας. Η ιστορία μπορεί αρχικά να κινείται αργά, όμως έτσι είναι το σωστό, αφού πρέπει πρώτα να γνωρίσουμε τους πρωταγωνιστές του δράματος. Μετά όμως οι ρυθμοί γίνονται πιο γρήγοροι, πιο έντονοι, μέχρι το αρκετά δυνατό και ενδιαφέρον φινάλε. Υπάρχουν δυνατές σκηνές και ανατροπές, το σασπένς είναι σίγουρα έντονο σε πολλά σημεία της ιστορίας, προσωπικά ο συγγραφέας μου κράτησε το ενδιαφέρον από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος. Η γραφή μου φάνηκε πάρα πολύ καλή, ευκολοδιάβαστη και εθιστική, με ωραίες περιγραφές των διαφόρων καταστάσεων και με πειστικούς διαλόγους.Τέλειο θρίλερ δεν είναι, όμως χωρίς αμφιβολία προσφέρει ψυχαγωγία στον αναγνώστη. Υπάρχει αγωνία για την συνέχεια, υπάρχουν δυνατές σκηνές και λίγες ανατροπές, δύσκολα δεν θα ικανοποιήσει τον μέσο αναγνώστη βιβλίων θρίλερ. Εδώ πρέπει να αναφέρω ότι το τελευταίο κεφάλαιο δυο σελίδων, μ'έκανε να ξινίσω λιγάκι τα μούτρα, μιας και μου φάνηκε μη πειστικό και καθόλου απαραίτητο. Πάντως δεν μου χάλασε την θετική εικόνα του βιβλίου.

  • Adam Mourad
    2019-03-29 09:33

    This book was very suspenseful and thrilling. It might've been a little cliché here and there, but overall it was great. But let me explain why this is a 4 star book and not a 5 star. In all honesty, some characters aren't well written enough to make you care about them. Especially, Whitey. He seems like the most interesting character, but isn't written to his full potential. The book is also not very fast paced, thus making you a bit bored at certain points. But what was done well was, the chapter endings that just hook you back and make you want to keep reading. I also really like how surprises arent revealed right on the spot, like when Anne was murdered instead of Francie, it was revealed very subtly that it makes you simply rewind to that sentence and go: "Oh my god!", even details or descriptions of a house or place or daily routine, is done so well and engages you into the moment. This is something that many other authors fail to do and simply put you to sleep, describing a sunset, for example. This book was very well written, planned and thought through. If only the chracters were more endearing, the plot was a bit more unpredictable and more fast paced, it would be a perfect 5 star book. I recommend this book for those interested in suspensful thrillers that really give you a glimpse into criminal minds and how they see the world.

  • Susan Liston
    2019-03-31 09:52

    This guy is good with words, but his plots leave something to be desired. This is the second of his books I've read and while I was lukewarm on the first one, I hated this. Several important characters are very cliched, and ridiculous coincidences abound. AND there are situations that are not believable. Such as....two women are introduced and become tennis partners, #1 never mentions her husband by name to #2, even though he's a radio personality. Surely this would have come up ONCE, especially when #1 asks all about #2's husband. (But, spoiler, this wouldn't allow the scene where #2 meets #1's husband in person....and he turns out to be her secret lover, what ARE the chances, and oh, that means #1 didn't mention her new tennis partner's name to her husband, either, so convenient!) I don't know why someone goes to all of the trouble to write a novel and leaves it full of holes and implausibilities.

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-04-07 17:30

    This is the first time that I read a book and did NOT understand the ending of it! I've read books that had great endings, good ending, so-so endings and awful endings- but this? I must have read the last 4 pages of this book 10 times and I am CLUELESS. My sister read the book, and said STOP EVERYTHING, read this book NOW and tell me what the hell the ending is all about- I thought, she was crazy- (my sister) so, read the book- and I was like WHAT?! So , if any of you nice folks out there can explain to me WTH the ending is about - I would be thrilled ! Other than that- I really liked the book, and if the ending was clear most like I would have given this book close to 4 stars ....

  • Mr.herzberg
    2019-04-11 17:53

    I picked up this book in a used bookstore because Stephen King had it as number one on his list of books for writers ( Definitely lived up to expectations. Full of suspense until the very end...

  • rs joseph
    2019-04-18 11:47

    I am a sucker for marketing blurbs.So when Stephen King calls the author his favorite suspense novelist, there was no way avoiding him.But this book was a bit of a letdown. (My high expectations might be the primary cause for that feeling)As a pure entertainer, it definitely fits the bill.The base of the story is the tried and tested formula of love, deceit, jealousy, revenge.The path to achieving the revenge has a twist, laced with crime and violence.The lives of two couples, seemingly unrelated, gets intertwined and not in a comfortable sense. As they try to struggle and extricate themselves, the knots grow tighter. The inclusion of an ex-con into their lives cause these knots to snap…brutally.The language is simple. The author has a knack for using metaphors to draw one into the world of the characters. He succeeds in giving us a feel of the atmosphere pervading the entire narrative. If fear is in the air, you will feel it.Similarly, the action sequences are well written. He can effortlessly place us at the scene; we feel the tension, we hear the swish of the blade.Where the book loses out is in the simplicity of the narrative.The story flow never feels natural. Never feels intelligent. It is a patchwork of good scenes held together by the feeble threads of coincidence.Entire narrative shifts and story twists are driven by luck. Person X chances upon incident Y when by chance he walked into room Z.What could have been a rich and complex narrative, gets weakened. And the reader (well, this reader) feels belittled.As a lover of suspense novels, the reader will enjoy the book. But it is a one trip relationship. The moment you shut the last page, the events and the story will not meander in your head. You will not come back to it.

  • Ashleigh Brooks
    2019-04-22 16:52

    I've been putting off writing a review for this book, because I simply don't know what to say about it. It wasn't a strong, "blow you away" novel, but it could have been. The storyline and plot itself were intriguing, which is what kept me reading. There were a few plot inconsistencies and the ending left me somewhat perturbed. There were loose ends that weren't quite tied up. The characters, however, are lacking depth in this book. Each character in this novel: Francie , Roger, Whitey, and Ned all had the beginnings of superb characters. The kind of characters you don't forget after the final page is read. But, they were just shells of the phenomenal characters they could have been. I really wish the author had fleshed them out more and made me sympathize with them, love them, hate them. However, that wasn't the case. I can't really say I would recommend this novel to my fellow mystery/suspense readers.

  • Roger
    2019-04-16 10:46

    One of the best crime fiction novels I've ever read. Though some coincidences in the plot were a bit of a stretch, and the ending was a little more believable and realistic than satisfying, in every other way, character development, page-turning suspense, realism, just enough humor, it's perfect. Francie is cheating on her husband, and therefore cheating on her lover's wife. Her unemployed husband Roger ineptly tries to improve their marriage, but discovers the affair, begins to plot murder. Even looks into getting an ex-con involved. He's see the lovers and other characters as pieces in a chess game to be manipulated into a result with him as winner. It's something like a Columbo movie as he starts taking steps to set up his plan -- but meanwhile other plot twists and development keep making it more and more interesting . . . The protagonist has the same first name as me (and he's supposed to be a genius . . . but turns out to be as careless as those Columbo murderers . . . not hard to believe I guess). The steadily evolving situation kept me wanting to read on and find out what happens, more so than almost any other book.

  • Emily Davidson
    2019-04-19 14:46

    This book was incredibly intense, but there are still a couple things that make it less than a perfect rating. For one thing, it moved a bit slowly at the beginning. The middle part does merit a perfect rating; so many connections, all tied together in ways that seem so incredible, and yet logical and obvious when you look back on it. The ending was also pretty good--certainly a lot of action going on, particularly in the second-to-last chapter--but the last chapter sort of killed it for me. The fact is, that character was introduced so late in the novel, and given so much less attention compared to the other characters, that I really don't care much about what happens to him. Kind of a weird basis for a relationship between the two of them, too.Despite the ending, it was still a very suspenseful book and was reasonably well-paced. I would recommend it if you like looking for a crime novel that explores the mind of the criminal.

  • Yankey
    2019-04-15 10:57

    Oh Dang. I suffer in reading a book with main characters, none of which I like, respect, or even sympathise with. Cheating, lying egotistical, spouses are the core of this book so I was kind of rooting for a meteor to crash and fry thier sleezy little neighborhood, with them all in it, to bedrock. Minor Spoiler: The only redeaming character one could learn to like gets bludgened to death while checking out her husband and her best friends hook-up cabin.I've heard that Art in writing is about stirring emotion and getting a reaction . Both happened and I liked neither. I won't be back to this writer or another story like this if I can help it.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-20 10:42

    Pure pulp. No sympathetic characters to be found. No believable characters even, just bad caricatures. I ought to know it's a bad sign when it's liked by Stephen King, but it's a really bad sign when the author seems to hate all of his characters from the start.

  • Lauri Rottmayer
    2019-04-08 13:38

    Whoa! Creepy.

  • Kim Taras
    2019-04-12 10:39

    Wow, I feel like I have been missing out without reading Abrahams sooner! I had read some of his YA books and loved them and picked this one up partially because of Stephen King's quote on the front of book, "Impossible to put down. Books this well written and involving don't come along often". Most times these quotes do not mean much to me because famous people say things to help a product sell however this was so true about this book. It was a thriller like many others I have read but it was so well written that it made it even better! I have to check out more by this amazing writer! The other quote on the back of the book from The New York Times Book Review is also very fitting, "Peter Abrahams gets the human dimensions just right...a perverse puzzle constructed with deadly artistry". This book truly is a gem, thank you Peter Abrahams!

  • Stacey
    2019-04-14 10:59

    This book was very suspenseful through it's entirety. Awesome read.

  • Mpcheek
    2019-04-16 17:36

    So good up until the end. Did I miss something? How did Ann writing the word "painting" in blood help solve the case? Did she know about the painting? I don't remember her knowing anything about it. The ending just all happened to fast and didn't make sense. I would have given the book a higher rating because although, unbelievable, it was fun. Again, until the end.

  • Diana
    2019-04-16 13:31

    Great suspense right up to the end. I love that.

  • Lukasz Pruski
    2019-04-14 10:57

    I have recently embarked on a project to reread and review some of the mystery/suspense/detective novels that I found outstanding when I read them for the first time (between late 1960s and early 2000s). Double letter 'A' makes a good beginning: "A Perfect Crime" by Peter Abrahams. When I first read the novel about 10 years ago, the masterfully clever plot made a huge impression on me (at that time, its rating would be at least four and a half stars out of five). As a result I have read almost all books by Mr. Abrahams, and quite liked most of them.Francie, Roger's wife, sleeps with Ned, the husband of Anna, who becomes Francie's tennis partner. Francie admires Anna, and having no children herself she adores her daughter, Em(ma). This sounds like the worst kind of tripe from daytime TV soaps. Indeed, the first sixty or so pages balance on the edge between literature and drivel. Mr. Abrahams' writing saves the day. The characters are portrayed vividly and they come through as real and interesting people. The author is a keen observer of human behavior and a skillful interpreter of psychology. The set-up is completed about page 70 and the plot takes off. Roger concocts a plan to commit a perfect crime and get rid of his unfaithful wife before she divorces him. From this moment to almost the very end, the novel is riveting. The botched burglary scenes, though a little gruesome, are some of the most hilarious in my memory. Also, anyone with experience in academia will be amused by the portrayal of Roger's infatuation with his own intellectual brilliance.Mr. Abrahams' light touch, humor, and assured writing make the novel a pleasure to read. No, it is not a masterpiece of the genre that I used to think it was. It does not have much depth other than being psychologically realistic. Yet it certainly has one of the best constructed plots in the genre. The novel falls into the grey area between three and four stars. 'Tis the season to be generous, so I am rounding my rating upThree and a half stars.

  • Debra
    2019-04-19 14:35

    Stephen King recommended author and book. He says: “Peter Abrahams is my favorite American suspense novelist.”In his book On Writing, published 2000, King says on pages 285-286: "These are the best books I've read over the last three or four years, the period during which I wrote The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Pop-up Book, Hearts in Atlantis, On Writing, and the as-yet-unpublished From a Buick 8. In some way or other, I suspect each book in the list had an influence on the books I wrote." He continues to say "...a good many of these might show you some new ways of doing your work. Even if they don't, they're apt to entertain you. They certainly entertained me."Please click here to check out my group: Books Stephen King Recommends

  • Ron Grunberg
    2019-04-01 16:52

    I choose this of Peter's books to review because I read it last and the plot is more familiar to me. Aside from it being a good thriller, with a compelling story--a true page-turner--it also has certain qualities that raise it up above a pure genre effort. There are character portraits, in which Mr. Abrahams illustrates personalities from the inside: we get to see the mind and thought process of a killer with little social skills and even less understanding of what's really going on around him--Abrahams presents his life of delusion amazingly--and we see a strangely similar thought process, heavily egomaniacal, from the "intelligent" mastermind of the crime. Both are lost in individual, hopeless interpretations. And so he makes you think, not only about the crime story as it's unfolding, with all the amazing twists and turns you like from such a book, but he makes you wonder a lot about people, how similarly lost we all might be. A lesson I get out of the reading experience--and his skills are apparent in his other books; I've read a few already--is that while we all have faults, what may well best separate us is our ability to observe those shortcomings and do something mature about them.

  • Deb Jones
    2019-03-31 14:55

    Roger Cullingwood, graduate of Harvard, heir to the family home on Beacon Hill in Boston, and proud -- much too proud -- man with an IQ of 181. He's now unemployed after more than twenty years at a company where he had attained senior vice president status. Roger's wife, Francie, is working, and doing well in art acquisition for a famous foundation. No matter, Roger takes full credit for having put his wife through school so she could follow this career. In Roger's mind, Francie owed any success to him and him alone.As Roger's professional career teeters and threatens to plunge, he leans more on alcohol and his thoughts become erratic. His marriage, never one full of affection, has become more like two people sharing the same house -- but not the same bed.Francie, in her quest to find the love and warmth she's been missing in her marriage, turns to a handsome and intelligent psychologist. He, too, is married, so their trysts seem all the more romantic in their secrecy.But is their affair a secret? Do their spouses suspect or know anything that would endanger their relationship?Peter Abrahams wrote a splendid thriller with characters lifelike in their good and bad traits, a plot that moves ever forward, keeping the reader on the edge until the end.

  • D.J. Adamson
    2019-04-01 10:54

    “The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread.”The quote before the beginning of his novel hooked me. The story of adultery is not new; however, “where other women dared not tread ” piqued my interest. Was Abrahams going to offer new twists on an old subject, or was he going to take a woman character beyond the conceived sin of adultery?In this highly suspenseful novel, Abrahams begins a steady climb, like a roller-coaster ride. At the peak of the narrative, the ride rolls to the ending, twisting characters and plots, circling around, falling down, climbing back up, only to take the reader to another precipice where supposedly everything can be seen—but wait—there is another dip, and we’re pushed. We fall, fall, fall, our breath jerked out of our lungs with a horror of blood and screams.A failing marriage, a secret affair, refuge from unhappiness prepares four lives to encounter a cunning killer who also wishes for more.

  • Angie J.
    2019-04-17 15:30

    I found the plot to be simple and the storyline was somewhat predictable. Off the bat, there was never going to be a perfect crime, because let's face it, Roger was dealing with too many variables, even if he has an IQ score of 181. Guess his biggest mistake was thinking people act like robots, lacking in free will. I did enjoy the different perspectives and viewpoints of all the characters in the books, but some are very caricature-like. The character of Whitey especially so. As for the love affairs... I got a little annoyed by Ned, to be honest, and even more annoyed by Francie, who seemed to be a strong and intelligent woman but fell for a lounge lizard like Ned. It made me really giddy (I am a horrible person) that she found out about his other affair in the end. Anyway, this was definitely not a difficult read, but skip it if you want something more thrilling and intricate.

  • Donna Weber
    2019-04-07 15:50

    What starts out as a taut psychological thriller delving into the varying levels of duplicity brought on by an adulterous affair becomes a bit unhitched as it unfolds. Although some characters are effectively conveyed I found A Perfect Crime to be less than perfect with too many unbelievable coincidences and certain characters lacking the dimension to make it work. I enjoyed the backdrop of the story that added to the ominous feel of the book set on an isolated island in the bitter menacing cold; ice encrusted…the beautiful pine cabin only to be reached by rowing across in a small boat. But ultimately, the unlikeable characters, the vivid violence that all lead towards a chilling conclusion…left me a little cold. 2 ½ Stars

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-02 16:54

    Francie and Roger's marriage has been failing since he lost his job. She has been having an affair with a radio psychologist who is also married. They meet weekly at a friend's house in the middle of a river. Francie makes a new friend at her tennis club who is her lover's wife. Now she feels very guilty and wants to end the affair. Roger discovers the affair and works out a plan to murder the psychologist and Francie and set up an ex-con for the crime. Roger is tremendously intelligent and believes he can manipulate everyone to carry out his plan. Even when things don't go according to the plan, he thinks he can still pull off his revenge. This novel is very thrilling and suspenseful.

  • Suzyn
    2019-03-28 14:31

    I realize I'm in the "just finished the book" high on this one but I really think this is one of the best crime novels I've ever read. Peter Abrahams has an amazing ear for dialogue, and an ability to make immensely fucked up characters' thoughts seems immensely real. Also, when I was eighty percent of the way through the book, I wasn't entirely sure how it would end and that just doesn't happen. The audiobook is read by a lady named Sharon Williams and she does a fantastic job. If you're my friend and you want one, I will mail you a copy. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

  • Dilsa Bailey
    2019-04-02 17:46

    There is street smart and there is the high IQ smart. Roger has such a high IQ that he thinks he is the perfect man to commit the perfect murder by using who he thinks is a predictable killer to do his dirty work. Roger is angry that someone as smart as he is has a wife that cheats and had an idiot boss who fired him. He sets out on this quest making all the right moves, solving all the puzzles, putting everything in its right place at the right time, but his high IQ doesn't account for his killer's own will and his not so smart thinking.

  • Corri
    2019-04-22 17:41

    (Read by Sharon Williams)For a thriller, I didn't find this book too exciting - could've been affected by the abridgement. It did give an interesting take on Francie's husband Roger who wants to kill her for cheating on him with Ned. I also thought the twists involving Ned's wife were interesting. Roger is trying to commit the perfect crime and sometimes I found myself wanting him to succeed! Quote: The expression in Ned's eyes changed. Dark eyes Francie had learned to read like barometers; meteorologist of his soul.

  • Kendra
    2019-03-24 12:40

    I thought I knew what was going to happen from the very beginning, and continued to believe it was all too predictable. Then I altered my conclusions after the first major twist, but thought I had it all figured out after that....still, I was wrong! With out spoiling the end for those who have not yet read this book, I will only say that the book was much more interesting than I initially thought it was going to be, much more suspenseful than I initially thought it was going to be. Well worth reading!

  • Ronald Wilcox
    2019-03-22 17:53

    Warning: The book description on Goodreads has nothing to do with the actual book.Stephen King is quoted about his thoughts on Abrahams as a suspense writer. I agree with several of the other reviewers that Abrahams did a good, solid job building suspense at various points in the novel but several of the "twists" we're actually predictable and the first fourth of the book moved very slow. I will likely read this author again though since overall I liked his style