The Perfect Plan
From New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon comes a tense, twisting story about two brothers locked together in a dangerous game--and an unforgettable tale of a family's dark secrets.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...

The Perfect Plan Details

TitleThe Perfect Plan
Author
ReleaseJun 18th, 2019
PublisherDutton Books
ISBN-139781524743659
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery Thriller

The Perfect Plan Review

  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    When I first heard about Bryan Reardon's upcoming thriller, The Perfect Plan , I was so ready to place it at the top of my TBR list. The synopsis: check, the cover: check, the hype: check! The Perfect Plan has all the materials you think you need for an exciting thriller read. The story focuses on Liam Brennan and his struggles with reality. As we learn more about Liam's childhood and family life, the book toggles to the current day where he begins stalking an innocent woman. Liam decides tha When I first heard about Bryan Reardon's upcoming thriller, The Perfect Plan , I was so ready to place it at the top of my TBR list. The synopsis: check, the cover: check, the hype: check! The Perfect Plan has all the materials you think you need for an exciting thriller read. The story focuses on Liam Brennan and his struggles with reality. As we learn more about Liam's childhood and family life, the book toggles to the current day where he begins stalking an innocent woman. Liam decides that he needs to kidnap her and eventually does so. We find out this woman actually works for her brother Drew. Drew is a candidate in the running for election, and this kidnapping attempt seeks to put his brother in the spotlight. As Liam runs from his brother and the police with this kidnapping, we see the pain and tribulations that Liam experienced as a child. Liam's family life is just as dark as his current affairs. I hate to rate books poorly, and just because I didn't enjoy this one, doesn't mean you shouldn't try reading this one if you're still interested. My negative reviews tend to be a lot shorter than my glowingly positive ones, because I don't like to dwell on what's obvious—I didn't love this book. The rationale for my low rating of The Perfect Plan is due to the lack of connectivity I had experienced with both the characters and the plot. One of my main interests when it comes to thriller novels is the level of emotions that drive me to the story. I need a sense of excitement, or an adrenaline boost while reading thrillers. I didn't feel any of that emotion or connection to this novel. I felt like I was always kept at a distant and unfulfilled position while reading The Perfect Plan . I do think this book will resonate with a lot of readers and just because it didn't grip me as much as I'd liked it to, I am happy to have tried this book out.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Julia | gameofreading
    January 1, 1970
    Poor plot - confusing and not well explained. Hated the characters.
  • Bent Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Dark, unpleasant psychological thriller about dealing with psychopaths - including one running for public office. I can't say that I enjoyed reading this book, but it was very well written, so the pages just flew by anyway. Maybe I just wanted it to be over and the psycho in the book to be stopped. You have to find out whether that happened yourself (no spoilers here!).[An ARC of the book was provided by the publisher through the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review]
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  • CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
    January 1, 1970
    The Perfect Plan by author Bryan Reardon is a thrill of a book! Lots of heart went into this one!! Family, twists, secrets and dark sides make for a wonderful thriller novel, and that’s what we got here! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of The Perfect Plan in exchange for an honest review.
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  • J.N.
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I was sent an ARC of this novel to review from the publisher. I was not paid for this review. All thoughts are my own and not influenced by the publisher in any way.I feel I would have liked this better had it not been advertised as a thriller. It read as more of a family drama with thriller elements. The plot dragged for the majority of the book, going from the present to the past often, which I felt bogged the story down. While I didn't predict any of the twists, they also didn't s Disclaimer: I was sent an ARC of this novel to review from the publisher. I was not paid for this review. All thoughts are my own and not influenced by the publisher in any way.I feel I would have liked this better had it not been advertised as a thriller. It read as more of a family drama with thriller elements. The plot dragged for the majority of the book, going from the present to the past often, which I felt bogged the story down. While I didn't predict any of the twists, they also didn't shock me. The writing was decent but I couldn't really connect to the characters or the story itself. I finished mostly to see if things would get more intense and while I did find the mystery of the father's disappearance to be intriguing, I feel like this story missed the mark as a thriller. Nothing shocked me, even the fate of the father (though I did like how things played out) If I had gone into this expecting a dark family type of story, I feel like I would have probably liked it better since I do enjoy those types of stories but since I was expecting a thriller, I just felt let down. The dark family secrets were intriguing but that's really all this book had going for it.2.5 stars.
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  • brettlikesbooks
    January 1, 1970
    thanks so much @duttonbooks for gifting me this advance copy ofTHE PERFECT PLAN by bryan reardon (fiction) a horrific childhood sends two brothers down different destructive paths (and as the mom of two brothers this broke my heart) + tense, piercingly sad, impossible to put down •“As I kneel in the gravel, my fingers wrap around the tattoo on my forearm. I squeeze, like I might be able to extract the past, like some viper’s poison. At the same time, my teeth grind together. I push back the feel thanks so much @duttonbooks for gifting me this advance copy ofTHE PERFECT PLAN by bryan reardon (fiction) a horrific childhood sends two brothers down different destructive paths (and as the mom of two brothers this broke my heart) + tense, piercingly sad, impossible to put down •“As I kneel in the gravel, my fingers wrap around the tattoo on my forearm. I squeeze, like I might be able to extract the past, like some viper’s poison. At the same time, my teeth grind together. I push back the feelings, the pain and the disgust, and I lock onto the plan. The steps I’ve laid out. They are all that matter now. Once begun, the game can’t be stopped.”•you can pick up this #suspensethriller june 18!•instagram book reviews @brettlikesbooks
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    A twisty tale of two brothers, bound by blood and divided by hate. Liam is the younger, the screw-up, the out of control violent one as opposed to Drew who is calm, friendly and knows how to manage a situation. A tough childhood with an alcoholic mother and domineering father leaves both brothers changed and relying on each other. Drew is running for Governor and one of them has a plan for boosting his appeal. You think you like one and not the other, you think one is out of control and the othe A twisty tale of two brothers, bound by blood and divided by hate. Liam is the younger, the screw-up, the out of control violent one as opposed to Drew who is calm, friendly and knows how to manage a situation. A tough childhood with an alcoholic mother and domineering father leaves both brothers changed and relying on each other. Drew is running for Governor and one of them has a plan for boosting his appeal. You think you like one and not the other, you think one is out of control and the other always in control and you think you know how the plan is going to work - you know nothing. Gut-wrenching psychological manipulation and an ending you won't see coming, this is a solid thriller. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Christine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Liam Brennan has always been the screw up brother while Drew has always been the perfect brother. But are appearances all they seem? This book is told in the past and the present so the reader gets the entire story. :Lots of deep dark family secrets are revealed and helps you to understand the characters. This book was a tad too dark for me. The backstory is truly hard to read at times. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
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  • Hazel
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book through the giveaways. It was a story about 2 brothers who grew up in a very abusive home. It takes you through the process of seeing, that what you grow up in shapes who you become. I liked that there a piece of the story that took me by surprise.This was a quick read and pretty entertaining.
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the blurb this sounded like something I would really enjoy - fast paced thriller with lots of action. It was ok - kept me interested enough to keep flipping the pages! Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy.
  • Jill Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I just couldn't get into this one... I am clearly in the minority - other reviewers seem to love this one, raving about the thrills and excitement and character development, but I never connected with this story at all. From the opening pages I found the characters flat and uninteresting - if one can say such a thing with a straight face, I found the psychopathology banal. To be fair, I seem to have read an abundance of psychopath/sociopath books lately - it may well be that I'm burned out at th I just couldn't get into this one... I am clearly in the minority - other reviewers seem to love this one, raving about the thrills and excitement and character development, but I never connected with this story at all. From the opening pages I found the characters flat and uninteresting - if one can say such a thing with a straight face, I found the psychopathology banal. To be fair, I seem to have read an abundance of psychopath/sociopath books lately - it may well be that I'm burned out at this point and that the titles/characters have lost their ability to shock and surprise me as a result. Based on all of the positive feedback it has gotten, I am willing to revisit it at a later date and see if it resonates differently. But for right now, this one was a bust for me... My review copy was provided by Penguin First to Read.
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  • Edna
    January 1, 1970
    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 l 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...I enjoyed it mostly. It seemed a bit far fetched at times. A dysfunctional family read.Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy to review.
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