Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Thrilling and illuminating." --LA Times

"A hypnotic psychological thriller." --People

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this new gripping and complex psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and the upcoming page-turner Don't You Cry, Mary Kubica

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.

More Praise:

"Hypnotic and anything but predictable." --Kirkus, starred review

"A superb psychological thriller…stunning." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Read the New York Times bestselling novel that everyone is talking about, The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica!

Look for Mary's latest complex and addictive tale of deceit and obsession, Don't You Cry.

Order your copies today!

Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780778318743
9780778317708
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,25 cm

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wilqser
May 12, 2017

Introspective about the overpowering emotions by the mother of a baby lost to an illness and the desire to still foster one. Not enough thriller for me and outside the main characters not much development. Can't recommend.

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alliesleeps
May 08, 2017

I'm a little puzzled by the user "lcraig368"'s comment about the misuse of the word miscarriage... that character was having an abortion, so that's why the word abortion was used. She had the procedure done to save her life, but still, that's not a miscarriage. Anyway, my review is that the book was okay - I was interested in the plot, but my dislike for the main character Heidi and her inappropriate attachment to a baby that was not hers distracted me from the book's positives.

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lcraig368
Dec 07, 2016

It was a little hard to follow and some of the vocabulary was off. Using the word abortion instead of miscarriage was weird. It was also pretty predictable.

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librarybooksyay
Feb 23, 2016

This is the first novel I've read by this author and it was good. Lots of really intense issues are delved into from child/parent and husband/wife relationships to basic human interactions and emotions. There are lots of things going on here that make one look at one's own life. They all flow together and one is in for a thrilling, emotional ride.

dairyqueen Nov 17, 2015

Thrilling read! I could not put it down.

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marysward
Sep 29, 2015

not worth the time it took to read. Very little suspense.

ehbooklover Sep 13, 2015

Well developed characters, a tense plot that is slow to build and kept me on the edge of my seat, plus several interesting twists and turns made for a gripping page-turner of a read. I can't wait to read Kubica's first book!

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htliang
Sep 01, 2015

This is the second of Mary Kubica's novels that I have read. I started with "The Good Girl" - which I also gave 3 stars. I wanted to give this author another chance, mainly because of all the great reviews this book received.
I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed (again). I think the plots that Mary Kubica has thought up are great and could really have made for exceptional (4 star) books. This one, however, had characters that were just too "over the top". I will say that the book is readable and entertaining. I was not tempted to give up on it.

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mjk236sb
Aug 26, 2015

This a well written book with characters that are dealing with losses in their lives. Their journey through this book is unique and you find yourself liking them and empathizing with them. However what you think about them and why you like them in the beginning is not what you get in the end. However they are well developed and truly interesting. Read for sure.

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Teresa67
Aug 19, 2015

Great Book! Amazing characters - there is the one to hate, one to love, one to laugh at, one to feel sorry for and some that I just could not figure out. My only criticism is that the ending is a little soft, but that is only my opinion. Try it you will be glad you did.

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