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The bestselling author of The Party returns with a chilling new domestic drama
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 Kunik. And she’s a murderer.
In her masterful second novel, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal.
Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?
About the Author
Robyn Harding is the author of several books, including The Party and Her Pretty Face, and has written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two children.
Her Pretty Face is the second novel by Canadian author, Robyn Harding. While the Forrester Academy seems like the best school for her challenging eleven-year-old son, Marcus, Frances Metcalfe can understand that the school's power mommies don't welcome her: she's nothing special, plump and dull, and knows she doesn't deserve their friendship.
But beautiful, cool Kate Randolph, another newcomer, seems to have chosen her, and Frances is grateful. Kate sticks up for her, she's exciting, flirtatious and maybe just a bit dangerous. Kate's son Charles is great with Marcus, but Frances knows that Kate would drop her like a hot potato if she knew what Frances had done, years ago.
Meanwhile Kate's 14-year-old daughter, Daisy is under no illusion about who is Kate's favourite child: it's definitely not her. Daisy indulges in morally risky behaviour, certain that her reputation won't matter because her family always relocates for her dad's work after a few years. And she knows that seeing that older guy would not meet with her parents' approval, but he makes her feel safe and cared for, something her family can't seem to manage.
Harding uses two narrators, Frances and Daisy, to relate the events of the present day, and an eleven-year boy known to the reader as "DJ" to tell the story of what happened twenty years earlier, when his older sister went missing. Harding is skilled at constructing her tale: she creates a superbly plausible plot with twists and red herrings that keep the reader guessing from the very first page to the final chapters.
Harding's characters are easily credible and their reactions to the adversities she throws at them are quite believable. As well as being a gripping page-turner with an exciting climax, this is a novel that prompts some interesting questions: having served their time, do murderers deserve a chance to live a normal life? Can an apparent sociopath change? This one is hard to put down, and you may find yourself reading it in one sittin
Her Pretty Face
ISBN: 9781925750935 ISBN-10: 1925750930 Format:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 1st July 2018 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.48