Karen Hamilton caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and has worked as cabin crew for a major airline. In 2006, she and her husband put down roots in Hampshire and four years ago, she gave up flying to raise their three sons and concentrate on her writing. Now that they are a little older, she has begun travelling again (as and when it’s possible) and enjoys exploring places through their fresh eyes.
The Perfect Girlfriend is Karen Hamilton’s first novel. It is a psychological thriller about a sociopathic flight attendant, Juliette Price. The book is rooted in Karen’s work experience, but is not autobiographical! She realised early on in her flying career, that the moment she changed out of uniform, she became anonymous. It made her think about the identities behind uniforms and work personas and became an idea that would later help create her protagonist.
When Juliette is dumped by her pilot boyfriend, Nate, her dreams of a ‘happy ever after’ are thrown into jeopardy. She vows to win him back, whatever it takes. She surreptitiously embeds herself into his life by adopting a new persona and securing a position as a flight attendant with the same airline. However, these are only the first steps in her master plan as she reveals just how far one woman will go to achieve her dreams.