Book Review : Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

September 1, 2015 Book review 12 ★★★★½

Pretty Baby is full of raw, powerful emotions and shows just how deceiving outward appearances can be.  Saying you couldn’t put a book down sounds very clichéd but in this case it’s the only description that fits.

Book Review : Pretty Baby by Mary KubicaPretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Published by MIRA on July 28th 2015
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley

A chance encounter
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...
An act of kindness
Heidi has always been charitable but her family are horrified when she returns home with a young woman named Willow and her baby in tow. Dishevelled and homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite the family's objections, Heidi offers them refuge.
A tangled web of lies
As Willow begins to get back on her feet, disturbing clues into her past starts to emerge. Now Heidi must question if her motives for helping the stranger are unselfish or rooted in her own failures.

First Line of Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica:

“The first time I see her, she is standing at the Fullerton Station, on the train platform, clutching an infant in her arms.”

My Thoughts on Pretty Baby by Marcia Kubica:

I thought this was an excellent book with a structure that kept me reading and reading and reading until long past my bedtime.  It’s told through 3 points of view:

  • Heidi : who helps the homeless teenage girl
  • Chris: her husband
  • Willow: the malnourished teenage girl in the train station with a vintage leather suitcase and a baby

I’m not going to say a lot about the plot of the book as I don’t want to leak a spoiler.  But I fully appreciated how well it maintained the intrigue throughout the book and the seamless flipping between points of view just worked so well.

The characters were sketched with skill and I loved how realistic and well-developed they were.  I can’t even tell you if I liked the characters or not; I loved parts of them and hated some other parts of them.  They are convincingly flawed and they turned this book into a compulsive read from start to finish for me.

The contrast between Heidi and Chris’s daughter and Willow was so striking.  Their daughter is fussy about food, very spoilt and loved to bits, while Willow is independent, a survivor and all alone apart from her baby.

I felt a lot of feels while reading this one from concerned to perplexed to mad as hell to heartbroken.  All the emotions came flying off the pages and made me experience them all as if I was actually living them.

I heard a lot of hype last year for The Good Girl and know I can see why.  Mary Kubica is a very skilled writer and I am excited that I have The Good Girl all lined up and ready on my kindle for me to dive into very, very soon.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica?

I’d highly recommend this to fans of psychological thrillers that like domestic settings, complex characters and poignant plots.  Fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Before I Sleep should also appreciate this one.

Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Ltd and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book.


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12 Responses to “Book Review : Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica”

    • trish

      Oh do! I really enjoyed it. I see there are mixed reviews but if you like complex characters and slightly dark themes then you might love it just as I did.

    • trish

      I didn’t notice it being slow as I was just so intrigued! Loved the ending 🙂 I want to know what happened next…

    • trish

      I’ve read some reviews this week and yes they are mixed. I like dark themes and complex characters though so it worked well for me. And I thought it maintained the intrigue really well.

  1. Jade Louise

    I read The Good Girl last year before the hype started and I just loved the book – I was so happy when it turned out to be a success for a number of other readers too. The author crafts the story so wonderfully with everything seamlessly weaving together. I haven’t read Pretty Baby yet, but I really enjoyed your review.
    Jade Louise recently posted…August Reading Wrap Up

    • trish

      I’m so impressed by Mary Kubica’s writing style! I can’t wait to dive into The Good Girl soon, I have a feeling that I’ll love that one too 🙂

  2. Lola

    This book sounds interesting! You make me curious about this book especially with how much you can’t say, which makes me even mroe curious about what happens. And that three different point of views and flawed characters sound well done. Although the fact she takes a homeless teenager girl into her home does sound a bit weird and risky, but I am sure that makes more sense when you read the book. Great review!
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    • trish

      It’s weird and risky in the book too but as you read and understand this character, it makes sense. So intriguing, I couldn’t put it down! I love character driven books that also have a great plot.

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