Thursday, June 14, 2018

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face
by Robyn Harding

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press (July 10, 2018)
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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 Kunick. And she’s a murderer.

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

Her Pretty FaceShe was insecure, an outcast in a world of beautiful, self-assured people with perfect children. The life makeover Frances Metcalfe hoped for when her troubled son was accepted at a prestigious private school only further isolated and unnerved her.

Then she met Kate Randolph and Frances finally had a true friend, an ally. The beautiful, self-assured woman was warm, interested and caring, but one of them has a heinous past, that once revealed will threaten to tear these women apart.

We never know what lurks in a person’s past, what makes them who they are today. For some, a defining moment becomes a catalyst to living better, for others, it is merely part of a cloak of deceit to hide behind.

HER PRETTY FACE by Robyn Harding is a chilling tale that shares flashbacks of the past while filling in events of the present as two women bond over motherhood, disdain for snobbery and, in reality, never quite fitting in.

While intriguing moments are peppered throughout, particularly in the flashbacks to the past, I found the “present day” characters to be just a little flat. Cleverly woven subplots add interest, and some difficult decisions must be made, but were they the correct ones?

An interesting way to spend a few hours away from reality, with some horrendous past events that felt unbalanced with the present, which seemed more one woman’s personal soap opera. But, it does beg the question, “Do we ever really know the people around us?”

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Gallery/Scout Press.

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