Saturday, May 5, 2018

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

A special thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Frances Metcalfe is a stay-at-home mom that is struggling with her difficult son, her weight, being lonely, and a flat marriage.  She is desperate to fit into the elite group of Forrest Academy moms assuming that her acceptance would change her mundane life.  But then there is a disturbing incident at the school and the savage mothers further shun the Metcalfes.  Frances feels even more judged, ridiculed and alone than before, that is until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything that Francis is not: beautiful, thin, confident, rich, with a gorgeous home, and for some reason, she's chosen Frances to be her friend when it is obvious that she would fit right in with the other mothers.  The women bond over their boys and their shared scorn of the Forrester snobs.  But there is a dark secret is lurking, one that will tear them apart.  You see one of these women is not who she says she is—her real name is Amber Kunick and she is a murderer.    

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this cover is?  Gah!  I love it!

The story is told from multiple points of view and it is pure genius how the storylines tie together. Harding's writing is sharp, layered, complex, and and there are just enough plot twists to keep the reader engaged and fully vested in the narrative.  She spins a tale of secrets and lies, deceit, and examines how well we really know people, especially those we let into our lives.      

Okay, full disclosure: any book that has an 80s fundraiser or 80s anything is top of my list!  This was my first book by Robyn Harding and it won't be my last!  I loved it and I can't wait to read The Party, I've heard incredible things about it as well.  Congratulations, Robyn, on a fabulous book and one day we will have that kitchen dance party.  

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