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Pretty Baby

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Mary Kubica — bestselling author of The Good Girl — delivers a stunning new psychological thriller about a chance encounter that sparks an unrelenting web of lies...

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a non-profit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi comes home one day with a teenage girl named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Dishevelled 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.

"[Pretty Baby] is almost hypnotic and anything but predictable...This book will give insomniacs a compelling reason to sit up all night." – Kirkus

"A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale." — Lisa Gardner, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Fear Nothing
“Kubica’s powerful debut...will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Similar in tone to William Landay’s acclaimed Defending Jacob, this excellent debut is compulsively readable and highly recommended.” — Library Journal
“Kubica’s debut thriller...will have readers guessing what’s really going on until the final pages.” — Booklist

From Publishers Weekly

15 June 2015 – Kubica follows her acclaimed debut, 2014's The Good Girl, with a superb psychological thriller. Heidi Wood's husband, Chris, and 12-year-old daughter, Zoe, are used to her rants about recycling, poverty, and literacy, as well as her endless, depressing stories about the immigrants and refugees she meets through the Chicago nonprofit for which she works. But her family didn't expect Heidi to invite homeless teen Willow Greer and her infant, Ruby, to live with them. Heidi, whose dreams of a large family ended when she had a hysterectomy to save her life, becomes obsessed with Willow and especially Ruby, even as her marriage frays and she ignores Zoe. Afraid that Willow could be violent, Chris tries to find out her background and whether Ruby is even her baby. A series of flashbacks shift among the points of view of Heidi, Chris, and Willow as this heartbreaking tale about obsession, foster care, and the debilitating effects of unacknowledged grief builds to a stunning conclusion. 10-city author tour.

Customer Reviews

Not So Pretty

I'm sorry to say but I found little to like...certainly not the characters. The story line begins with an intriguing and compelling premise then the characters flounder and flail through some pretty heavy going, multiple clichés...the narrative switches leaving us with less to like in each chapter. I skipped over sections and found the end feeling that this novel was written quickly and the final chapters thrown desperately into a blender. The author has talent and there's just enough to keep you hooked beyond the sample but throughout the characters cry out to be realised and I tired of them as they had tired of themselves.

Loved it

Well written, I didn't get bored once & enjoyed getting to know the characters even if they all had issues! I did however find the daughters characters story wasn't fulfilled!

Pretty Baby
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 28 July 2015
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Seller: Harlequin Enterprises Australia Pty Ltd
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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