Title: Her Pretty Face
Author: Robyn Harding
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
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?
My Review: I have to admit, I was a little bored for the first half of this book as it was clear there was a twist coming but the book seemed to enjoy stringing you along, but it definitely wrapped itself up by the end.
Dark, twisty and full of secrets this book was enough to keep me hooked and reading to the end, but in the end I’d say this one was lacking something. I don’t think I ever really grew connected to any of the characters, for whatever reason… so it was hard for me to care too much about the ending. Frances was just a little too needy and predictable and Kate was just a little too unrealistic, never really fleshed out in my honest opinion.
However, I want to throw in a disclaimer that I think my spiritless review on this one might have something to do with my current book hangover (review to come soon… too many feelings! But if you follow me on insta, you know…) I do think this one is probably a solid suspense story and it was definitely a quick, intriguing read, so don’t cross it off your list if that’s the reason you put it on there!
I did manage to check out the audio version of this one (available via Scribd!) and I found it to be well executed and true to the tone of the book, worth a listen if this one is on your list and you love a good multi-cast audiobook.