The author of the bestselling novel The Party—lauded as “tense and riveting” by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda—returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.
Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.
A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she had hoped 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 the Forrester 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—one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she’s a murderer.
“Robyn Harding’s Her Pretty Face is a fierce and blazing one-sitting read that will make you question even your closest friendships” (Carter Wilson, USA TODAY bestselling author) and is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone.
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Like Big Little Lies but darker, Robyn Harding’s novel revolves around two moms who couldn’t be more different, oneone snooty school community, and heaps of secrets and lies. When their sons become friends, Frances and Kate form a tight bond. Their improbable relationship seems like just what they both need—until, of course, 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.
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Her Pretty Face
Two ladies who are both wife’s and mother’s. Frances is insecure with a past she doesn’t even tell her husband.
Kate secret is far worse. If your looking for a psychological thriller this is a good one.