So Much Pretty: A Novel

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So Much Pretty: A Novel

by Cara Hoffman

Simon & Schuster | March 6, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Set in a rural community steeped in silence and denial, So Much Pretty explores all parents' greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it also examines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someone else? The disappearance and murder of nineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist Stacy Flynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secrets and convictions. After Wendy's body is found, Flynn's intense crusade to expose a killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendy's in a spellbinding and unexpected climax.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451617283

ISBN - 13: 9781451617283

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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So Much Pretty: A Novel

So Much Pretty: A Novel

by Cara Hoffman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451617283

ISBN - 13: 9781451617283

About the Book

Hoffman's "So Much Pretty" is a beautiful and chilling exploration of violence, vengeance, and the loss of innocence that would drive someone to commit an unthinkable crime.

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Prologue THEY ARE LOOKING for someone with blond or dark brown or black hair. Someone with blue or maybe brown or green eyes. She could be five foot six or five-eight. Her hair could also be red, could be an unnatural color like pink or white. It is likely she weighs between 110 and 140 pounds and may have a scar or bruise on her throat. She would be working somewhere unseen. Working as a waitress or secretary or laborer. She could be a student. There is a strong possibility she would have a nontraditional job. That she’s transient, works agriculture or construction or second shift. She has physical strength and is articulate. Could be speaking English or Spanish or French. Could be in New York or Illinois or Tennessee. Canada or Mexico. Places where it rains all day or places where the grass has burnt to yellow. Could be among hollows between road and field, trails where the creek bed has dried. Could be anywhere. She could be hitchhiking or taking public transportation, could be walking. She could be named Jamie, or Catherine, or Liz. Alexandra, Annie, Maria. Any name at all. She may be aloof. She may be sensitive and drawn to helping people. She is on her own and likely broke, and might be reliant on those she doesn’t know. Searches peaked in the spring and summer months, and they are looking for her still. As we are well aware, it is easy for a woman who fits this description to just disappear. © 2011 Cara Hoffman Claire ALL THREE OF us walked in our slee
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Set in a rural community steeped in silence and denial, So Much Pretty explores all parents' greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it also examines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someone else? The disappearance and murder of nineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist Stacy Flynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secrets and convictions. After Wendy's body is found, Flynn's intense crusade to expose a killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendy's in a spellbinding and unexpected climax.

Editorial Reviews

"A spectacular debut: This beautifully constructed mystery, with its engaging characters and intriguing premise, has everything a reader wants."-The Globe and Mail (Canada)
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