Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby
by Mary Kubica

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @MaryKubica

Just released: July 28, 2015
Publisher: MIRA
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
The first time I see her, she is standing at the Fullerton Station, on the train platform, clutching an infant in her arms.

Zombie sighting:
Pitch blackness spotted with the occasional streetlight that may or may not work. The time of day when zombies come out to play, loitering in the city's parks, in the darkened alcoves of closed businesses that line Clark and Fullerton Streets.
-chapter Heidi, page 146

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.


My two-bits:

From the start I felt leery and unsettled with all the characters which makes this a thriller that keeps you on your toes. Once I started to empathize with one, they would do something that changed my mind.

The story had a great way of spiraling down into dark territory and then twisting and turning into something else. Loved that.

Although food was not a focus, it was described and had presence enough to make me want to eat a chicken pot pie ;-)

About the author:
Mary Kubica is the bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL (2014) and PRETTY BABY (2015). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.

Mary lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.


* part of Summer YA Book Box giveaway (here)

* review copy courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #SRC2015
Destination: Chicago

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