Her Pretty Face by Robyn HardingHer Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face

byRobyn Harding

Paperback | July 10, 2018

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The author of the bestselling novel The Party—lauded as “tense and riveting” by New York Times bestselling author Megan Mirandareturns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she’s a murderer.

In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?
Title:Her Pretty FaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:July 10, 2018Publisher:Gallery/Scout PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1982100192

ISBN - 13:9781982100193

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Very interesting read, I really like books that follow different character perspectives and this one did not disappoint!
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved It! Who are you? Who do you trust? What do you know about your friends? Her Pretty Face is a page turning thriller. Told in three perspectives - Frances, Daisy and DJ. Frances is a stay at home mom, whose son just started a new private school. She is from a lower income bracket and her fellow mothers look down on her. Recently an incident with her son and the daughter of one of the catty mothers made things worse. Frances has one friend in the school Kate. She is beautiful, glamorous, kind and unafraid of the other mothers. Frances can't believe someone like Kate would be friends with her. Daisy is Kate's daughter. Her parents - especially Kate - pay no attention to her. When she says she's going out with friends they don't ask about where is she going, the names or contact details of her friends or when Daisy will be home. Daisy look like her mother, something she is always told. She has a striking beauty. Her family has moved around a lot and her beauty has always gained her popularity. Recently, she is being followed and befriends this twenty-something man. The last perspective is from DJ. We learn about his journey from a young boy to an adult as his sister was kidnapped, raped and murdered. We learn the devastating effects this had on his family. We learn that one of the women were responsible for DJ's sister's death. To be honest, I figured out pretty quickly who "Amber" would turn out to be. It wasn't a shocking surprise, but the other characters and their secrets, not to mention the result of the revelation were captivating and made this book a thriller.
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boooooring This book was predictable and tedious. Nothing much happened. Yes, there's a couple hinted at secrets but they're so obvious. I kept waiting for something to happen, some climax but it just kind of petered out. I do not recommend this book. If you must read it, borrow it from a library, don't waste your money.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book kept me guessing and I read it in half a day!!!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it i could not put this book down, i thought i had it all figured out but i was so wrong. the plot twists really grab you
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. The story line was excellent and the characters are so well developed. I read this in one sitting and enjoyed it immensely.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive A great read, super interesting and I could not put it down
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing Psychological thriller A disturbing psychological thriller featuring two 15 year old girls, and two mothers with tragedy in their pasts. Frances Metcalfe is an over-protective mother hiding a dark secret. Kate Randolph is a disinterested mother hiding a dark past. Forming a friendship because of the needs of their sons seems beneficial for the women too until Frances befriends Kate's teenage daughter, Daisy. Bouncing between then (15 years earlier) and now, and between Then Courtney and Now Daisy as well as the lead women and their families was at times a bit unsettling. Not a happy ever after ending nor were all of the questions answered leaving an open-ended tale. I give this a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I volunteered to read an ARC from Scout Press/Simon & Schuster through Net Galley.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive Summer Read ***SPOILERS AHEAD*** I sat down and read this book cover to cover this past Sunday while it rained outside. I was immediately drawn into the story and it's parallels to Karla Homolka (Robyn Harding is Canadian so it's pretty safe to say she knows this story and based Kate's character around her). The writing was well done, the build of suspense incredible, the desire to know every characters secret, future or potential for disaster so well thought out that I actually ended up a little disappointed with how it was all brought together in the end. I would firmly place this book between 3 and 4 stars. As it did draw me in for the first 300 pages I was inclined more to a 4 star since you can't give partial stars; but I can't deny the end fell flat and felt rushed after all that build up. 1) Daisy ends up perfectly ok, other than the weird encounter with David Reider and the hint at the end that she might be like her mother and there is future danger in store for her I felt an opportunity to really shape and define this character was missed 2) All the tension between Daisy and Kate is resolved (or abruptly ended) in less than a page of confrontation, it didn't do the intricacies of their relationship any justice 3) Maybe Charles is a psychopath in the making and Kate will love him longer???? (although if Kate really sees herself in Daisy then that particular weirdly placed but not explored plot point doesn't actually make sense) 4) The introduction of David Reider - I get that the whole book you think it's DJ because we get his point of view and not this David guys, but it still fell flat to me. I felt that more could have been done with this story line to make the ominous "connection" Daisy says exists between the two of them by way of an ending more satisfying Overall, the book really hooked me, I wanted to figure it out so badly and that's why I kept reading; but there was a lot of missed opportunities in a story line that was not particularly fast-paced.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Another amazing book by Robyn Harding. Extremely suspenseful and well written. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What if you find out your best friend is not whom she says she is? What if you find out your best friend is not who she says she is? This is what Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding is all about. Frances has a past she wants no one to know about, but so does her best friend Kate. A young teenager is kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered. A plea bargain is made and one woman gets off with murder. Those of you who are familiar with the serial killers, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, will find a lot of similarities in this story. Although the similitude is there in the back of your mind; this book is not pervaded with gruesome details of the murder and focuses on the themes of deception and revenge.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A chilling story Frances and Kate bond as parents of students at private Forrester Academy. Frances' son has trouble fitting in with the other students and becomes friends with Kate's son. As their friendship develops, the reader learns the backstory for each of these women. In the past, both of them were involved in deaths, Kate in the death of a teenager over 20 years before and Frances in the death of her sister. The reader becomes immersed in the story of these two women; they share a theme, ie "How does the past affect a person?" I found this book to be a very good read, finishing it in one day.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just read it!! 4,5/5. Wow! A great surprise! I get this book for free on Netgalley like I often do, but mostly for children books or documentary, I don,t read much novel that way, but I want to do more. Anyway, all this to say that I was going in with no expectation at all. And it was great! A couple of «punch» are easy to see coming, but I got surprise more then once, so that's good. The writing, the rhythm and storyline are just awesome. Some characters are very good, others justed a bit unrealistic or just dumb in their action, so it's a bit harder to relate to them. The ending was good, but a bit too cheesy for my taste. But, in the end, this is a really good thriller that deserve more attention and should be read by the fan of that genre. On a more personal touch, I don't know why, but I just love those book about housewives, that get in trouble, and with dark secrets and all that, not really my style and I don't really know why, but those kind of story/atmosphere gets to me!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My pick for what will be the most talked about book of the summer Her Pretty Face is my pick for what will be the most talked about book of the summer. After finishing it I am dying to talk to others about it and I think word of mouth will propel it to be popular. It is very difficult to discuss or review without any spoilers but I promise to mark them clearly. Everything I want to talk about happens after the first big reveal but I can’t get into it without spoiling the surprise. It wasn’t a huge surprise to me as I suspected Amber’s identity but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else. Spoiler ahead XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX This feels totally based on Karla Homolka. I’m not sure how much people outside of Canada know about her but her story is fairly parallel to Amber’s. Karla and her husband, Paul Bernardo were an attractive young couple who kidnapped, raped and tortured at least three teen girls together, including Karla's sister. When they were finally caught, Karla took a plea deal which gave her a short sentence in return for testifying against her husband. There is a famous picture of her leaving the trial in a car and her expression matches the one Amber is said to have in her similar picture. If I hadn't already made the connection, that would have done it. The general consensus on Homolka seems to be that she played a much more active role in the crimes than the prosecutors knew at the time and that she played the innocent victim but was actually a cold-blooded serial killer who had gotten away with murder. She served her short sentence, was released from prison, got married and had kids. To this day I see stories in the news about where she and her family are living and the uproar when the locals discover her past. It’s a terrible story and although I don't feel much compassion for her I feel awful for her children. I wonder what it is like to be the child of a sociopathic killer and have everyone know all the gruesome details. In this story it is Daisy and Charles who pay the price for their mother’s past and really, psychopaths never change they just adapt their personality in ways that are convenient to them. Daisy sees this most clearly of all and she’s totally right to be concerned about her brother’s safety. I’m concerned about Charles and I know he’s not real! End of spoiler XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Her Pretty Face is a disturbing, haunting and infuriating story that has left me desperately wanting to talk to someone about it. On that note, this would be an excellent book club pick if your friends can stomach the implied violence. The worst acts are alluded to but never explained in detail so it’s graphic, but not too graphic. It is a book that gets in your head and will make you wonder about everyone. Is that PTA mom you hate actually a psychopath? Is your best friend? Your husband? Research says that 1 in 25 people are a sociopath. 4% of Americans are psychopaths and 5-15% are “almost psychopaths." Not all of these people kill but they are capable of it. It’s chilling to think about it too much. And after finishing this book you will be thinking about it. Too much. Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive and satisfying * I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review * Prior to reading this I had not read anything by Robyn Harding so I wasn't sure what to expect. The story sounded interesting so I dove in without much thought. I was immediately sucked in! I couldn't stop reading! Well, life forced me to stop, but if I wanted to finish it all at once. As I neared the end I found myself slowing my pace to make it last longer! The characters are strong and whether you love them or hate them, they feel so real. The pace is great and following the flashbacks was easy and clear -- some authors make this difficult but it was seamless in "Her Pretty Face". A lot of twists you never see coming. And the reveal is gentle and timely (if that makes sense!) -- I hate when authors dump the reveal on you in a Scooby-Doo style where there is no way in hell you'd figure it out -- but Robyn handles the ending so well. The clues were there all along but she puts the pieces together slowly so the "aha" moment is satisfying and true. You feel good at the end. :) Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and thought provoking summer read A fabulous summer read. I really enjoyed that the story shifted back and forth between three narratives that were easy to keep straight. The different perspectives made it hard to put the book down and the characters were easy to relate to making for a quick read. As someone who lived in Ontario during the Bernardo/Homolka era it did make the book a little less enjoyable for me but I am glad I read through to the thought provoking ending. This book will stay with me for a while. I will be picking up Robyn Harding’s earlier book The Party to read. Thank you to Robyn Harding for a fascinating read and to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for the ARC.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epitome of Great Thriller Fiction A chilling domestic drama about a newly found friendship between two women that is threatened by long-buried secrets. This book was such an addictive read for me, I simply did not want to put it down. Filled with lies, deceit, and betrayal this book kept me interested right through to the end. The story alternates in focus between four crucial characters, who’s stories are all interconnected. I enjoyed the alternating focus of each chapter as I loved the mini cliff hangers at the end of chapter. The main characters, Kate Randolph and Frances Metcalfe are both unlikeable and as you delve further into their stories, you cannot decide who you dislike more. There were also moments in my reading where I wasn’t sure who I thought was more evil-natured. An interesting twist for me was the recognizable connection to the controversy surrounding the Canadian crimes of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. This book deserves a spot on every thriller fiction fan’s summer 2018 TBR list.
Date published: 2018-04-02