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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Review: Perfect is Overrated

by Karen Bergreen

Genre: Mystery, Humor, Chick Lit
Publication: July 17th 2012
Format: Paperback, 320 pages

Kate Alger, an assistant district attorney went through her post-partum depression after the birth of her daughter, Molly. Her husband, Paul couldn’t understand her depression and this had driven their marriage to an end.

Years later, Kate has finally cured of her depression. Her daughter, Molly is all grown up. And someone is murdering moms from Molly’s preschool. Following her instinct, Kate worked on her own investigation to find out who is killing the mommies and she finally start feeling like herself again – the successful lawyer she used to be before the depression.

I love Karen Bergreen’s Following Polly. I love her writing style in the first book and I was excited when I found out about her new book, Perfect is Overrated. But the first thing that irked me is the cover. I didn’t like it. If I haven’t read the first book, there’s a huge chance that I wouldn’t read the second one (I still couldn’t understand what that dog on the cover got to do with the story).

Perfect is Overated is something that I would recommend if you’re looking to a light/cozy mystery. I have to say that Karen Bergreen is really good in plotting her mystery. I think that she had successfully thrown me off in guessing who the murder is. Karen Bregreen’s writing style is highly entertaining and funny. (Although, I do think that the first book is funnier than this one). There were a few parts which are a bit confusing. Especially when Kate revisited her past and talked about how she and Paul met. I thought it would be great if the book is divided into chapters to separate some scene. Which reminds me... why isn’t the book divided into chapters!!?

Book Cover’s Description
Kate Alger has finally found the cure for her post-partum depression.  After years of suffering, all it takes to bring this mommy back to life were a few gruesome homicides!  When someone starts offing the alpha-moms from Kate’s daughter’s preschool, Kate—who worked as an Assistant District Attorney before she had Molly—realizes it’s time to get out of bed, dust off the skills and find out who is killing all the mommies she loves to hate.

Wickedly funny and slightly twisted, Perfect Is Overrated is a romp through the life of one very needy mom, her cockeyed family, gorgeous ex-husband, and the entire insane, entitled, over-dressed , over-zealous, eternally jealous parent body at The Hawthorne Preschool.


  1. I used to love reading Chic Lits when I was younger but nowadays I'm more into Historical Fictions with the likes from Anya Seton, Jeanne Kalogridis, Philippa Gregory, Diane Haeger and others like them. I hated history when I was in school but nowadays I just love reading the histories written by them. Have you read any of their books? :)

    1. Hello BellaEnveeus :)
      I've never read Historical Fiction before. I'll try them when when I find something that I like. Thank you for your suggestion :)

  2. hi nash, selamat hari raya, how's your raya- great review. you must be an avid reader

    1. Hello Wan!
      Selamat Hari Raya to you too! My raya is great! Not so much angpow though.. haha. Thanks for visiting :)



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