Annie and Fia are ready to fight back. The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside. But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.
Fia is so beautifully broken. While everyone seems to think she's insane, I'm honestly surprised she's held it together as well as she has. To have her talent while amazing, is undeniably a curse when misused. She feels horribly sick and wrong when she's making the "wrong" choice. And considering what her life has been like since the Foundation took over her and her sister's lives. She's learned to function as best she can with all that wrongness, but when you add those terrible feelings to the immense guilt she feels from what the Foundation has forced her to do, she's constantly teetering the edge of sanity. My heart broke so many times for her, and where others saw anger and abrasiveness, I saw emotional devastation and a girl pushed too far. That being said, I was really happy to see her finally start to make decisions based on her own needs and wants rather than allowing herself to be completely manipulated. Sure there still was more than plenty manipulation placed on her, but in PERFECT LIES, she started to throw off a little of her chains one link at a time, and I was cheering for her every step of the way.
So much of this series involved relationship dynamics and secrets. I loved getting to see how each side of the story interwove with the other, and how I was always left guessing at everyone's motives, even Fia and Annie themselves. One relationship that really stood out to me was the one between Fia and James. It was powerful, yet completely confusing at the same time. I'm still honestly not sure whether or not his motives were pure towards her or not even after finishing this final book in the duology. Honestly I think it's a mix of both as while he may genuinely care for her, it didn't seem to stop him from using her for his own gain. Still a part of me thinks (or hopes) that he didn't really mean to keep damaging her more, and to give him credit, he wasn't exactly free himself, and always was there to help pick up the pieces.
This is one of those books that sucks you in from the very start. Granted, the flipping timeline was a bit hard to follow at times, I absolutely adore these characters and it was one heck of a read that you won't want to miss!
(Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss)