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Pretty Baby: A Gripping Novel of Psychological Suspense Paperback – February 2, 2016
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"Thrilling and illuminating... [Pretty Baby] raises the ante on the genre and announces the welcome second coming of a talent well worth watching." -LA Times
"A hypnotic psychological thriller. [Pretty Baby] builds to a stunning climax involving revelations you won't see coming." -People
"It's a perfect setup-but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive." -NPR
"Suspense done well." -New York Magazine
"Kubica is back with another psychological thriller that begs you to turn the page."
"Intricately wrought suspense.... This is no familiar game of psychopaths; everyone is deeply flawed but deeply human." -Vulture
"The conclusion is a genuine surprise."
"Hypnotic and anything but predictable.... This book will give insomniacs a compelling reason to sit up all night."
-Kirkus, starred review
"A superb psychological thriller... stunning."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A gripping literary thriller."
-Chicago Book Review
About the Author
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.
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In Pretty Baby, it all starts by chance when Heidi Wood notices a teenage girl with a baby at the train platform. Heidi is having a very peaceful life with her husband and teenage daughter. Being of same age as her daughter, the teenage girl at the train platform catches Heidi’s interest. The girl is holding a baby in the very cold weather. She sees her daily no matter how cold and rainy the day is. No one at the platform seems to notice or care about the girl except for the good hearted Heidi. Heidi can’t resist the urge to approach the girl and know more about her. In a series of events, Heidi and the teenage girl become more acquainted and both the girl and the baby become part of Heidi’s life.
This thriller is narrated from two different perspectives, Heidi’s and the girl’s. It catches your interest right from the start. And just like the teenage girl and her baby got hold of Heidi’s interest, the thriller gets hold of the reader smoothly but tightly. I got very interested just as Heidi was. I wanted to know more and was eager to turn the pages to get to the bottom of it. As you think you know what it is all about, Mary Kubica takes you to more twists and turns.
Mary Kubica’s writing style was great. The thriller was narrated by both Heidi and the teenage girl switching between current and past time. With each page and as more questions in your mind are answered, another mysterious layer is added. Heidi’s character was well crafted. I could relate to her and sympathize with her. I loved the way Mary Kubica narrated the details. Also, the teenage girl whom you can have your presumptions about her at first, has a lot of depth.
Pretty Baby is not only a fast paced mystery thriller, but also a heart touching one. It brings around a lot of feelings. My heart ached for the girl and also for Heidi. It made me think a lot how things cannot be taken for granted. We are no smarter than the others facing trouble. Things can turn bad in a matter of seconds. There’s nothing more heart aching than the sorrows of a child.
I really loved and enjoyed Pretty Baby. Nonetheless, I highly admire Mary Kubica. She’s a person that can easily get to your heart. You feel she’s like an affectionate friend or relative. I am currently reading her next book Don’t You Cry and planning to read her previous one The Good Girl.
1. I really hate books written in different points of view, for no reason. I think Chris/Heidi were for NO reason. Its cheap and immature. If you cant write as both characters at the same time, you cant write.
2. Willows chapters were fruitful because they told a story in the past, but the sexual content is uncomfortable and should be noted so people who would like to avoid that specific content can not read the book. (dear readers, there are HEAVY trauma triggers in this book, do not read if you are sensitive)
3. For the love of all that is UNNECESSARY, Chris's chapters are a waste and by the middle of the book I skipped them all together. He was shallow and boring and everything about him and his co-worker was totally sterotypical and offensive to women who have great/nonsexual working relationships with their co-workers.
4. SHOCKING? The writer had the characters say the twist out loud, more than once... how was this shocking. You told me to think about it. Not shocking!
5. There was so much lost opportunity in Willow's relationships with her brothers, the buildup to what made Heidi snap (so rushed and under explained), and Chris..as a good husband, which I think he was.
This author is not awful, but her work is not as surprising as people are making it out to be. I re-read two Gillan Flynn books between trudging through this and Good Girl. I really tried to love this work, but I didn't.
Most recent customer reviews
Iii did not like willow ar all but did like chris heidi was likable overall a decnyt book