I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Published by MIRA on July 28, 2015
Pages: 384 pages
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A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
After her parents died in a horrible car accident, Willow is shipped off to live with foster parents. After enduring some unspeakable acts in her foster home, Willow decides to make a run for it. But living on the streets proves to be a difficult feat until she meets Heidi.
Heidi is known to her family and friends to be a very charitable person. So it’s not shocking that a random stranger standing in the rain with a young infant has caught Heidi’s attention. The next day Heidi sees the young girl (Willow) & the baby again and decides to lend a helping hand.
Chris (Heidi’s husband) has turned a blind eye to Heidi and her rescuing spirit. In fact, Heidi’s charitable heart is one of the reasons he married her, but after fourteen years of marriage it’s the same reason he is starting to resent her. When Heidi makes the decision to let the Willow and the infant stay at their house for a day or maybe longer – Chris isn’t sure how much longer he can put up with her charitable spirit. But working side by side with a beautiful & charming co-worker named Cassidy Knudsen is making it easier to believe the grass is greener on the other side.
Like her previous novel, The Good Girl – Pretty Baby is told from multiple perspectives. I believe when a story is told from different viewpoints – it makes it easier for readers to get the fullness of the situation(s). Everything isn’t so black and white when you are reading a story from different points of view.
Mary Kubica delivers another strong plot-driven novel with unforgettable flawed characters. The author does an excellent job of scattering the puzzle pieces and daring the reader to put them back together again. You will not be able to figure out what comes next in this story no matter how hard you try. This twist and turns had me holding on for dear life.
Mary Kubica’s ability to keep readers guessing until the last page is off the charts. If you thought Good Girl left you guessing – try reading Pretty Baby.
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