Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
Many thanks to Gallery Books for my free finished copy in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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. 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.
Review: I was completely engrossed by this domestic thriller from the first few pages. Alternating POVs AND alternating timelines will always be my favorite writing style and Her Pretty Face has them both. Harding writes characters that are so raw and real; she doesn’t hold back. Reading from Daisy’s POV was my favorite, because I could really relate to her as a former rebellious teen myself. I removed part of the goodreads synopsis above, because I’m a firm believer in going into a book *mostly* blind. Don’t get me wrong, I read a synopsis before adding a book to my never ending TBR, but by the time I actually pick it up I’ve forgotten what it’s about. With this book especially, I thought it was better not knowing more than “one woman is not who she seems.” (But feel free to read more on Goodreads if you’d like.) About half way through the book I was convinced I knew what was going on, but I was only half right. While I don’t usually like figuring out the ending too early on, in this case it worked. It was so well written and addictive that I was glued to every page. The ending left me wanting more, and while this story may be the end for Frances and Kate, I’ll settle for more of Harding’s compelling writing by grabbing a copy of The Party.
Publisher: Gallery Books/Scout Press
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Overall Rating: 5/5