PRETTY BABY by Mary Kubica

Publisher: Mira
Released: July 28, 2015
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica.

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.

This is the first book by Mary Kubica that I’ve read, and after finishing this one I’m looking forward to reading her other books in my TBR stack. Good stuff! PRETTY BABY is filled with characters that you’re never really sure about. They seem one way on the surface, but what’s hiding underneath?

The story is told from the point of view of three characters: Heidi, the over-the-top, socially conscious do-gooder; Willow, the homeless girl with a baby who Heidi brings home; and Chris, Heidi’s fed up, workaholic husband. Heidi’s stray cats are one thing, but a stranger in their home who might be dangerous is more than Chris can take. While Chris researches who in the heck this girl could be, the whole situation starts to have an interesting effect on Heidi. Woven into that is Willow’s heart wrenching story.

This book contains some dark subject matter, and yep, it’s very sad, but at the same time I couldn’t put it down. It’s fast paced with memorable, complex characters, and some surprise twists to keep you on your toes. I love emotional suspense/thrillers, and PRETTY BABY fits the bill perfectly.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in excchange for an honest review.