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Description - Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781925750935
ISBN-10: 1925750930
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 368
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Australia
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2018
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding - Reviewed by (26 Jun 2018)

5 stars 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 sitting. An outstanding read from an obviously talented author. This unbiased review from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Simon and Schuster.

Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding - Reviewed by (26 Jun 2018)

5 stars Her Pretty Face is the second novel by American 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 sitting. An outstanding read from an obviously talented author. This unbiased review from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Simon and Schuster.


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