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Pretty Ugly Lies: A Gripping and Chilling Domestic Noir Kindle Edition
"As a mother who has struggled with depression, this book hit home for me. The writing is outstanding--the prose eloquent, powerful, drawing me in from the first page. The characters represented people I can relate to. I think we all imagine we're all so likeable, but in reality there are ugly sides to us all. We can be selfish, depressed, exhausted, irritable, and act crazy. I've never read a book like this before--one so raw and gripping where it ripped me apart and sewed me back together with a completely new understanding of what people deal with, what hurts we hide, what skeletons we bury, and what small and big things can cause us to break...a perfect book about imperfect people. About what could make a woman snap and hurt those she loves--and this is reality. It changed the way I look at life and people, and I realized after reading this that no one is alone in the abyss. 5-star story. 5-star writing. 5-star impact. Every woman and mother needs to read this!" - Southern Editor Reviews
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And yet it's real life for many.
In the United States alone more than 200 women kill their children each year. That's a lot of victims, a lot of suffering, a lot of pain that had been buried so deep that no one saw it coming ... until it came. It came in a mental snap that the nation would soon hear as the cries of those children reached us beyond the grave. But in most cases it's a short snap on a very long branch of suffering.
We easily hate these maternal murderers, yearn to watch them suffer like they caused these children to suffer. But something tells me that anyone capable of harming a child was already suffering quite a bit. We just didn't see it.
I have four beautiful children. Children I cherish, children I would give up myown life for, children who give me purpose and joy. But they're also children who take more than give, who demand sacrifices of my time, my energy, my sleep, my health, my every waking minute, even my sanity. It's the call of motherhood. Some of us embrace that call and remind ourselves that it's something precious, to enjoy it while it lasts. Others crumble under the weight of motherhood in depressed silence, barely able to make it through to the end of the day.
For those who are searching for peace or struggling, your voice is heard. Don't give up on yourself or your children. This book is written to remind you that I see you, I hear you, I understand you. We all feel bound by our lives at some point or another, tied to a life that can feel grueling. But the chains are not our lives or our children; the chains are the mental battles that we face. Our choice is how we will conquer those destructive thoughts. Pretty Ugly Lies is based on real women I know and love--even their ugly parts. They aren't always likeable--because this book isn't about the likeable women out there. It's about the strugglers, those who have lost their way, those people you might not see but who do exist and need to be seen and heard.
For those of you who can relate to the weariness of life, my hope is you find joy in the little things--like reading a riveting psychological thriller (wink wink). Embrace the healing hug of a friend. Relish the smile on your child's face. Inhale the fresh scent of nature. Taste the euphoric blend of food you love. Find something to get through today. And let tomorrow worry about itself.
Here's a hug from me to you! --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08B7YC5RY
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (July 18, 2018)
- Publication date : July 18, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2091 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 186 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #367,994 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found myself reading and rereading whole sections to remember which family had which children, and what were individual challenges in that particular family.
Liked the layout of the story.....the first chapter so gripping, and the twist at the end.
Very entertaining, a little hard to follow.
Would somewhat reccomend.
The first chapter took a minute to sink in as I was not yet invested, but after I could NOT put this book down. I read way past my bedtime and did not quit trying to read until I had dropped my phone (kindle app) for the fourth time, falling asleep reading, because I should have been asleep hours earlier.
The story begins with an anonymous murder of a husband and children, then is told from the perspectives of four women, each currently experiencing her own life shattering personal hell. I found no viewpoint transition a disappointment, all were eagerly awaited and satisfying. Seeing the way each woman deals with her nightmarish situation is fascinating.
"And that’s when I knew there was only one way to make the stabbing pain in my chest stop."
"It was all too much. I was drowning in my own life and I simply wanted to slip under the waves."
"Could he ever forgive me? Could I forgive myself? One cold, hard word echoed in my mind: no. I didn’t deserve mercy. I deserved hell, which was exactly where I already was."
The ending was surprising and twisted, making the book a winner from beginning to end. I need more stories like this one in my life.
Top reviews from other countries
I absolutely loved this book and the cobwebs of deceit clung to me with every page. As each of the women’s stories evolved before my eyes, I was drawn into their world, I felt their sadness, fear, desperation but most of all their plight, whether it be as a consequence of motherhood, self inflicted disarray or at the hands of someone they loved.
Pamela has a way of getting under your skin, delving into the lives of women, tired mums, disillusioned wives, loyal friends and troublesome sisters. At times I felt like a voyeur, being privy to the private lives of others but that is the skill with which the author tells the tale.
I did enjoy reading about the lives of women over the pond, it added to the escapism, reading about life in a well heeled suburb of America.
I can thoroughly recommend this book, it had me gripped to the end which was both disturbing and poignant, tying up everything we knew about the women involved before drawing a very satisfying conclusion to the tale.
A must read.
I like the way she hits the ground running with this one and does not waste words or pages in order to drive the story along.
Pamela sculpts interesting and believable characters who are faced with problems that are easy to relate to,cleverly drawing it all together at the end.
There is nothing more wondrous than a Crane in full flight.