Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
Gallery/Scout Press: 7/10/18
eBook review copy; 352 pages
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding is a recommended domestic thriller.
Frances Metcalfe has low self-esteem and feels like a pariah to the
other mothers at Seattle's exclusive Forrester
Academy. Her son, Marcus, eleven, who was recently accepted into the
elite school, has ADHD and oppositional defiance disorder. After an
incident at the school, Frances and Marcus are now shunned and looked
down on by the other mothers and students. Then Kate Randolph steps up,
befriending and supporting Frances. Kate's son, Charles, even makes
friends with Marcus.
The two women are very different, but share a common scorn for the
arrogant snobs from the school. While acceptance with the others might
be nice, it is even better to have a confident friend by your side. The
problem is that both women are hiding secrets. One of them is hiding her
real name, Amber Kunik, and she was involved in a murder in 1996. Can
people change their essential personality and character? Can all past
actions be forgiven?
The narrative is told through the alternating voices of Frances and
Daisy, Kate's fourteen-year-old daughter, who is going through some
problems and not telling anyone about them. Additionally, there are
flashbacks showing Amber Kunik's role in the 1996 murder. The big
questions are who is Amber and what is happening to Daisy. The
characters, Frances, Daisy, and D.J., are basically well developed and
their storylines are interesting.
The writing is okay. I had a few issues with some of the descriptions
and remarks made by characters. The problem for me was that the big
questions were easily figured out early on in the novel so the plot
needed to be interesting enough to hold my attention as the characters
all figure things out or have their big secrets revealed. It is an okay
mystery/thriller. It is not a stay-up-all-night to finish book.
Certainly it fits the airplane book rating - it is interesting enough to
pass the time but you aren't going to cry if you lose it, misplace it,
or never finish it - which is fine. Be forewarned that the ending is
weak and anticlimactic.
My review copy was courtesy of Gallery/Scout Press.