Flawless by Sara Shepard 2007 – A Pretty Little Liars Novel
I don’t normally read sequels unless I love the first book, but Shepard had me hooked with Pretty Little Liars and I wanted to know what happened to our four spoiled rich girls and if –A was revealed.
It begins with creepy Toby Cavanaugh, the brother of Jenna, who was blinded in a freak fireworks accident. He keeps appearing in their lives and the girls are sure he’s –A who keeps sending messages to the girls. In this book, the messages are more menacing.
Shepard knows how to build tension and intensity. She also knows how to create sympathy and loathing for her four main characters.
Aria and her brother see their father renewing his affair with MFA student Meredith. Aria is pressured to confront her mother about the affair by –A and attends Meredith’s yoga class and then visits her apartment.
The boys are featured more in the second boy with Sean, who is the virgin pledged ex-boyfriend of Hanna, showing an interest in Aria.
Hanna’s father tries to make nice with her and plans a big dinner with his new wife and stepsister Kate, who sets her up to look like she’s using drugs. Her mother is sleeping with cop Wilden without needing to. So Hanna, who hoped for a reconciliation with her family, is more alienated than ever.
But Spencer is even more alienated from her family than Hanna. Spencer stole her sister Melissa’s boyfriend Wren in the previous book, and she sleeps with him. She goes out with Andrew and then alienates him when he overhears her talking to Wren on the phone. Spencer hears Wren is a player and she keeps calling him until he breaks up with her over the phone. Then her evil sister Melissa brags about sleeping with him one last time to ruin Spencer’s life. Makes me glad I don’t have an older sister.
Emily had planned to quit the swimming team to be with Maya, but the coach makes her captain. Ben threatens to tell others about her being a lesbian and attacks her in the hallway. Toby Cavanaugh comes to her rescue and they attend the big charity party together.
The party is the big climax with Spencer, Hanna, and Aria trying to find Emily who is with Toby. They think she is in danger, but you’ll have to read the book to find out.
There are two more books in the series.
Perfect and Unbelievable are remaining books.