The bestselling author of The Party returns with a chilling new drama.
How well do you really know your friends?
Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat. A stay-at-home mum 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 ostracise 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 mums—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.
Praise for Her Pretty Face
'Creepy and compelling.' Kirkus Reviews
'Like Big Little Lies, Robyn Harding's Her Pretty Face peels back the surface of placid suburbia and reveals the secrets, the deceptions, the resentments, and the chaos underneath. This is a smart, darkly witty, and perfectly constructed thriller about friendship, betrayal, and survival. You won't want to miss a single, suspenseful page.' David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter
'Robyn Harding has once again proven herself to be a master of domestic suspense, weaving a complex tale of friendship, parenthood, and long-hidden secrets that forces us to consider whether we can ever truly leave our pasts behind. In the compulsively readable Her Pretty Face, everyone is hiding something, and the only question is whether anyone will survive unscathed as the action reaches its dramatic conclusion.' Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping
'Robyn Harding’s Her Pretty Face is a fierce and blazing one-sitting read that will make you question even your closest friendships. With prose elegantly woven between sinister, humorous, brutally honest, and downright horrifying, Harding crafts an all-too-believable narrative that preys upon every parent’s greatest vulnerability: their children. Her Pretty Face will undoubtedly spike paranoia levels in school car lines everywhere.' Carter Wilson, USA Today bestselling author of Mister Tender’s Girl and The Comfort of Black
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like Big Little Lies but darker, Robyn Harding’s novel revolves around two mums who couldn’t be more different, one snooty school community, and heaps of secrets and lies. When their sons become friends, Frances and Kate form an unlikely bond—until the past and all its sinister truths come to light. It’s deliciously fun to cast a jaded eye on the suburban dream and discover the skeletons crammed in the closets of even the most seemingly ordinary families.
Frances Metcalfe, the mousy protagonist of this diverting domestic suspense novel from Harding (The Party), has been shunned by the other Forrester Academy parents since her troubled 11-year-old son, Marcus, peed in a mean girl's water bottle, so she can't believe her luck when cool, confident Kate Randolph invites her out for coffee. The stay-at-home moms become fast friends, bonding over their mutual contempt for the snobs in their Seattle, Wash., suburb. But as it turns out, that's not all they have in common: both women are also hiding terrible secrets. Harding's tale unfolds from the perspectives of Frances and Daisy, Kate's 14-year-old daughter, who's being stalked by a mysterious stranger. Flashbacks to the 1997 trial of suspected murderer Amber Kunik keep readers guessing at the involved parties' modern-day identities and the crime's connection to the present. Regrettably, Harding's conclusion is a murky anticlimax that offers more questions than answers, but three-dimensional characters, well-timed plot twists, and a sea of convincing red herrings make for an otherwise entertaining story.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Wow 😮 !!!
So it was a good book, dark, brooding, good storyline. But then theirs the ending. Wow, so- I don’t know- shocking? That the perfect friend isn’t actually perfect!? If I’m being honest it is a bit of a cliche story. Its been used too many times and it gets old. Plus, the twist wasn’t twisty enough- if you get what I mean. Anyway overall good read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I read this and I could not put it down for two days straight. I love all the twists and turns. Fantastic read and you won’t be disappointed!
Felt like a real life story. Great book.