Her Pretty Face

Robyn Harding. Scout, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-1-5011-7424-7
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. Agent: Joseph Veltre, Gersh Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/07/2018
Release date: 07/10/2018
Genre: Fiction
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