i just finished Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica which has been on all the best books of the summer lists and now I know why. I have not read her other novel, I know, The Good Girl but it is sitting in my TBR pile and I am excited to start it. Mary is a phenomenal writer and this book was nothing short of fantastic. I love a good summer thriller and this one was especially sweet because I haven’t read one in a while. From the fast-paced, twist and turns to the complex web of a storyline it is without a doubt my ninth “Blissful Beach Bag” pick.
Heidi is married to Chris and they have a daughter Zoe. They live a pretty normal life. Everyday when Heidi goes to work she sees this young girl and her baby. The baby is always in distress and the young girl, presumably the mother, is always disheveled and absent looking. Heidi knows they need food and shelter. She decides that she will offer her home to them and provide some warmth and care to the baby. Meanwhile her husband is struggling to stay faithful and their daughter is in the tumultuous teen years. The young mother, Willow, and her baby Ruby, accept Heidi’s offer of food and a roof over their head. Chris, skeptical, is determined to find out who Willow is and why she is without a home. He wonders what secrets she may be hiding. Zoe wants nothing to do with them and thinks her mother is crazy to take them in. But Heidi shelves her fear that Willow is someone harmful and takes comfort in this precious little baby. Heidi is battling her own demons from past pregnancy issues so this baby is just what she needs. Heidi eventually starts to question Willow and what her back story is. Heidi becomes obsessed with Ruby and old wounds began to open. Lines start to blur and the reader starts to wonder who is putting who at jeopardy Heidi or Willow?
This book is everything you would want in a nail-biting summer read. Just when the reader thinks they have figured it out Kubica throws in another twist. The content was deep but the writing was so fluid that the pages just flew. I loved each character the complexities they brought to the story. This being Kubica’s second novel she is just getting started and I am excited to see what other stories she has to tell! absolutely run out and grab this book. You will not be disappointed.
*Pretty Baby was sent to Bliss, Beauty and Books for review purposes.
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