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“Impossible to put down, Pretty Things is smart, seductive, and utterly captivating.”—PopSugar
“Full of tantalizing twists and shocking deceptions, this is an intelligent social commentary that is also deliciously fun to read.”—The Week
“It’s Dynasty meets Patricia Highsmith. . . . Duplicity abounds when two messed-up clans collide, and Brown’s final multiple twists are doozies.”—The Washington Post
“Fiendishly clever.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A can’t-look-away story of and for our generation, Pretty Things combines a spellbinding setting with dark, slippery secrets to expose what we’ve always known—or maybe just hoped—to be true about the gilded lives presented in our social media feeds. Janelle Brown is a literary powerhouse.”—Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network
“I devoured this book—an incredible read.”—Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister
“I love a good con story—especially when I can’t tell who’s the actual mark and who’s the real con artist. In Janelle Brown’s compulsively readable Pretty Things, the good girls and the bad girls keep switching places in a story that will keep you turning pages till the end. Even more richly told than Watch Me Disappear, Brown’s latest novel has the same sharp observations that are her trademark—about shifting identities and the secrets we all keep.”—Attica Locke, author of Heaven, My Home
“Hungry, sexy, and packed with twists, this latest novel from Janelle Brown exposes what’s hidden behind the stone walls of the elite’s mansions and the slick facades of con artists’ scams. Money, family, and Instagram collide to make a book you won’t be able to put down.”—Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth
“Part psychological thriller and part morality tale, Janelle Brown’s Pretty Things is literary suspense at its best. Gorgeous prose, complex characters inhabiting the fascinating worlds of elite Instagram influencers and high-stakes scam artists, a thought-provoking dual narrative, a twisty plot with a shocking, never-saw-that-coming ending—this brilliant novel has it all! I read it in one day in one sitting, mesmerized, and I loved every moment.”—Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek
“I drank down Janelle Brown’s Pretty Things in one greedy gulp, speeding through the pages even as the sharp, insightful writing made me feel compassion for each narrator. . . . Mesmerizing, provocative, surprising and thoughtful—a must-read.”—Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee
- ASIN : B07YK1JPVQ
- Publisher : Random House (April 21, 2020)
- Publication date : April 21, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2568 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 470 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #933 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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I finished it but I put it aside many times just plain tired of the jumping around.
Overall it was good, brilliant maybe but I had to work hard to keep picking it back up. But if I have to work that hard to finish a book, in reality, sorry, it’s not worth it!
Nina is a grifter who decides to go after her nemesis from her teen years, Vanessa. Vanessa is a wealthy Instagram influencer and heiress.
The story goes back and forth between the two POVs as each tells their sides of the story.
Just the information of what a grifter does, or what it is that a fashion influencer goes through to keep their numbers up was exhausting to even read about. Both lifestyles are so foreign to me so it was interesting to learn a little about both.
At this time, I’m going to say that this book is probably going to be in my top 3 favorites of 2020.
It’s been a long time since I read a book with so many plots twists! This book is definitely a page turner and don’t let the bad reviews turn you away. This book is definitely worth it! It relates to a lot of millennials today, because all we do is social media, we portray ourselves a certain way, in order to carry a certain image or persona... it really does make you think about who views your social media accounts and what they think of you and how much you get a “high” from the attention (likes).
I don’t like writing long reviews on what the book is about, because that’s up to the readers to find out, but honestly this book is great! I will be recommending to all my friends! A must read.
Nina and Lachlan are literally partners in crime. They have a well organized system which includes choosing a very specific <i>mark</i>, using Nina as bait and Lachlan picks up the <i>inventory</i> at a later date. Things were going along fine until the police begin poking around, forcing Nina and Lachlan to lay low. They decide to leave LA for a couple months until the police lost interest and moved on to the next case. When they are deciding where to lay low, Nina remembers a huge antique filled mansion on Lake Tahoe she had visited as a child. Should that be their next target? What could possibly go wrong???
I'm trying to be vague because this book is much more fun to read if you don't know a lot about the plot. Unfortunately, my vagueness is not doing the story justice but, trust me, this is a FUN book to read!!!
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
The twists were what made the book!!! So many times I thought I had an idea where the plot was headed and it would change. I always liked the change more than the story like I was napping out in my head.
I LOVED the characters!! As soon as I would think I've figured out a character, a new side to them is revealed. Literally down to the very end. Although several of the characters were professional criminals, they were still likeable, not just black and white. Even the ones I thought I was going to not like at all had some redeeming qualities. Toward the end, some of the characters began to evolve into better people, at least better than I thought they were going to be, and some of them turned out much worse than I imagined.
I really loved the plot. It was never boring and not what I was expecting from the first chapter. There are several chapters which revisit Nina's past and explain her connection to the Tahoe mansion. Through these chapters we learn about Nina, who she is and her motivations.
The story is told from two points of view, Nina and the owner of the Lake Tahoe mansion, Vanessa. It was such a great way to tell the story because their points of view were so very different. I loved hearing their takes of the same events and their opinions of each other.
In addition to the plot, this book is a warning story about how impressions, even long held, firmly established impressions, of a person or situation can be wrong and harmful. It also talks about accepting blame for ones own mistakes and owning one's choices.
I loved the Lake Tahoe setting. I've visited Lake Tahoe once and always thought it was one of the most beautiful places in the US. Now, I want to go back again!!
<b>WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE</b>
There wasn't a lot to not love. Although I really cannot think of any specific things I didn't like but I cannot give it my rare 5 Star rating. To be a five star for me, a book has to be very special. It must be unique, make me see some aspect of the world or myself differently, it must have no plot holes and it must stand the test of time- to be as relevant in ten years, fifty years or one hundred years as it is today. I really love this book, but in my opinion, it does not quite meet that criteria.
If you're looking for a book that will keep you entertained, make you feel like you've been on a trip to Lake Tahoe and distract you from the annoyances in your life, I highly recommend reading this book! It's way better than suspenseful thriller needs to be!
Vanessa, a wealthy young woman who once shunned Nina, now an Insta influencer, spends her time online surrounded by others just like her who post about their fabulousness draped in trendy jewelry, expensive clothes, and living a life most of which doesn’t even belong to them, all with a smile plastered on their faces alongside hashtags to set the tone that all is well in their world when it is just phony smoke and mirrors.
These two will meet and Vanessa won’t know how to separate virtual from reality. The thrill is real.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot is well thought out and entertaining and the characters keep you hooked the whole way through. I found myself trying to guess what was going to happen the whole time and it was always surprising to see where the story ended up.
I would definitely recommend ‘Pretty Things’ if you’re looking for a good, non horror thriller. I would also recommend it if you liked ‘Fake Like Me’ by Barbara Bourland.
Written from the perspective of two central protagonists, Nina and Vanessa, in alternating sections, Brown creates believable and endearing characters. Whilst not immediately likeable, particularly Nina who you discover early in the novel is a con artist... the novel progressed I found myself developing a level of understanding and empathy for both women and their motivations, and was completely invested in their stories.
There were a lot of references to current culture, social media, trends and hashtags, which I enjoyed and made the novel more relatable for those who choose to read it now, but I’m not too sure that they will stand the test of time.
Whilst possibly best described as a thriller, the novel has other depths, with Brown introducing strong themes of loneliness, emptiness, ambition, deceit, revenge and self-worth that you find yourself reflecting on throughout the novel. With money, wealth and superficiality being a central focus of the novel, Brown causes you to question what it means to be wealthy, what lies beneath what we choose to reveal about ourselves and how we influence the perception of others. I should add trigger warnings here of both mental illness and mental abuse, which feature strongly within the novel.
Brown strikes a balance between dialogue and description, using suspense but allowing the novel to drive forward to a conclusion. My only criticism is that the plot itself was a little too predictable and I found myself guessing the twists and turns before they happened.
I’ve seen that there are plans to adapt this novel into a Netflix series, and very excited to see the result of this!!