"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.
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.
"Hypnotic and anything but predictable." —Kirkus, starred review
"A superb psychological thriller…stunning."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Look out for Mary's newest chilling tale, Local Woman Missing.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Chicago-based author Mary Kubica follows up her bestselling psychological thriller, The Good Girl, with another keep-you-guessing story. Pretty Baby fits the bill of domestic noir—it’s the story of a strained marriage and small encounters that take on a sinister sheen. Investment banker Chris was initially drawn to his wife, Heidi, because of her “bleeding heart”, but these days her tenderheartedness and desire for connection are a turn-off to both him and their teenage daughter, Zoe. As Heidi becomes obsessed with helping a homeless teen mother with a dark past, Kubica rattles our nerves by shifting perspectives and revealing key information in dribs and drabs.
Kubica follows her acclaimed debut, 2014's The Good Girl, with a superb psychological thriller. Heidi Wood's husband, Chris, and 12-year-old daughter, Zoe, are used to her rants about recycling, poverty, and literacy, as well as her endless, depressing stories about the immigrants and refugees she meets through the Chicago nonprofit for which she works. But her family didn't expect Heidi to invite homeless teen Willow Greer and her infant, Ruby, to live with them. Heidi, whose dreams of a large family ended when she had a hysterectomy to save her life, becomes obsessed with Willow and especially Ruby, even as her marriage frays and she ignores Zoe. Afraid that Willow could be violent, Chris tries to find out her background and whether Ruby is even her baby. A series of flashbacks shift among the points of view of Heidi, Chris, and Willow as this heartbreaking tale about obsession, foster care, and the debilitating effects of unacknowledged grief builds to a stunning conclusion. 10-city author tour.
Wonderful narrator; well-written and thoroughly engaging. I could not put it down.
I found this book gripping. I read well into the night and again throughout the day until I finished it.
This is a good one!
Unique premise, well written and moves at a good pace! I despised the main character at times but it was necessary to get where we were going! Must read!