Her Pretty Face

Her Pretty Face

Book - 2018
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The author of the bestselling novel The Party --lauded as "tense and riveting" by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda -- returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester's world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she's not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms--only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart.

Because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she's a murderer.

In her masterful follow-up to The Party , Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2018.
ISBN: 9781501174247
Branch Call Number: FIC Hardi
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm

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PansyT
Apr 18, 2019

I disagree with previous reviewer that this was poorly written. Although based on our Canadian horrific child murder case, the characters in this book were well drawn. It moves at a good pace and is interesting throughout. I think older readers who vividly remember our own example cannot get past that to look at the merits of this novel on its own terms.

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ch3rnych3rny
Apr 13, 2019

I give this book no stars. Not only is it poorly written, derivative, unimaginative and shallow but in its undisguised and parasitic use of a tragedy that took place not long ago in Canada it is crass, opportunistic and exploitative.

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elmoskippy
Jan 05, 2019

I enjoyed the writing style of this book and the fact that it kept my interest but the similarities to K.H. and P.B. were hard to ignore. That fact alone made the storyline very unpleasant and hit a sore spot with me. However, I would like to read something else by Harding so that I'm not completely biased about her writing.

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kgossen
Dec 19, 2018

I thought this was such a good book - I liked all the characters and did not guess the plot till the end

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0sgtskj0
Dec 07, 2018

I was disappointed - and deeply offended for the families of the victims of K.H. and P.B. This was a poorly done, copy cat piece of writing down to the last sickening detail of a very familiar, public case, including the aftermath. If ever there was a "paint by numbers" piece of work, this would be it. I kept hoping for more that never appeared. The only creativity involved was the cover design of the book.

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katie_spencer
Oct 28, 2018

I liked this book as a casual read, but it wasn't WOW to me. The characters were predictable (suburban mom hiding a dark past, edgy 15 year old girl who acts tough but wants to be loved, etc etc). This book entertained me enough to finish it, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

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bookpusher
Sep 16, 2018

I had forgotten all about Robyn Harding. Glad someone reminded me......Pretty good book

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firefly5
Aug 28, 2018

Fantastic book! I could not put it down! It is the story of two women, both with a past. One feels exreme guilt the other befriends her and her son. Then there are two teen-aged girls, one is murdered and the other has some risky behaviour. As the story unfolds, I thought I knew who the mystery man was! No I did not! Well crafted!

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Lamlake
Aug 20, 2018

This book is vulgar and all around unpleasant. It features a fourteen-year-old girl who regularly uses profanity and does drugs. There was also a raunchy scene of a sexual nature with the girl.

Frances is average height and twenty pounds overweight, but the author makes her sound like she is a beast. Every other page there is a passage about how fat she is and how all the other women are pretty and thin. Frances herself was apparently a hot looker when she was thin...twenty pounds ago. So gaining twenty pounds makes you bigger than king kong, but losing them makes you thin? How stupid is that?

I have read that this book is loosely based on the serial killers Karla Homolka and her boyfriend. If I had known that, I never would have bothered.

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McAnnieG
Jul 25, 2018

A disturbing psychological thriller featuring two 15 year old girls, and two mothers with tragedy in their pasts.

Frances Metcalfe is an over-protective mother hiding a dark secret. Kate Randolph is a disinterested mother hiding a dark past. Forming a friendship because of the needs of their sons seems beneficial for the women too until Frances befriends Kate's teenage daughter, Daisy.

Bouncing between then (15 years earlier) and now, and between Then Courtney and Now Daisy as well as the lead women and their families was at times a bit unsettling.

Not a happy ever after ending nor were all of the questions answered leaving an open-ended tale.

I give this a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

I volunteered to read an ARC from Scout Press/Simon & Schuster through Net Galley.

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