Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby
by Mary Kubica

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head...

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

Kritters Thoughts:  Narrated from three points of view - Heidi Wood, Chris Wood and Willow.  Willow narrates from a different point in time than the Woods, but it fits together so well.  The Woods take turns narrating from the same point in the timeline and I think the book wouldn't work without each of their points of view.  They have different views on Willow and it takes the reader awhile to decide who to trust and whose side to take.

This book took some twists and turns that I could never predict, but I enjoyed each and every one of them.  I think I remember gasping out loud a few times!  I thought that Willow's story was going down a certain road and it took such an interesting turn at an interesting time and I loved it.  Heidi's story took a turn also, but I am not sure I was completely sold on it, but it didn't ruin the book for me. 

This is my first Mary Kubica read and I am excited to pick up The Good Girl very soon!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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