Book Review: Her Pretty Face

Her Pretty Faceby: Robyn Harding

Date Finished: July 23, 2018
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Format: e-book

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free e-copy of Her Pretty Face by Netgalley and the publisher, Gallery/Scout Press.  All opinions expressed below are my own.

Her Pretty Face centers around struggling Frances Metcalfe, a stay-at-home mom with a difficult son.  She thinks things will take a turn for the better when her son is accepted to an elite private school.  Unfortunately, he does not fit in.  In fact, he is quickly ostracized and so is Frances by all of the pretty and popular moms.  That is, until she becomes BFF with the new mom, Kate Randolph.  Kate is gorgeous, rich, and always knows what to say -- everything Frances wants to be.  However, maybe Kate is too good to be true?!

I really enjoyed Her Pretty Face.  This was the first novel I read by Robyn Harding and it did not disappoint.  I'm even more excited to go back and try to read her publication from last year, The Party.  During the introduction into Her Pretty Face, we quickly learn that both Frances and Kate have something dark from their past, but we aren't quite sure what happened to them.  Robyn Harding does an excellent job of slowly revealing the character's pasts so that the reader slowly becomes aware of the full situation. 

Her Pretty Face does an excellent job of mixing a drama with a bit of suspense.  On one hand, you have the private school mommy drama.  Frances is trying so hard to be the cool mom and you just want her to have a bit of success.  On the other hand, we know there was a dark and sinister event in both Frances and Kate's past, so there is a constant bit of suspense that works its way into the story and slowly unfolds.  I enjoyed reading this novel and felt the suspense made me want to continuously push forward to find out what happened/would happen.

Her Pretty Face easily earns 4 stars from me.  I enjoyed it and think it would be great for readers who enjoy the writing of Liane Moriarty.  Her Pretty Face is well written and a compulsive read.  I highly recommend it!


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