Book of the Week: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Book of the Week: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Why we love it!

We love this intelligent psychological thriller about the motivation behind a charitable deed from the bestselling author of The Good Girl. With its simmering tension, intriguing plotlines and clever storytelling, Pretty Baby will stay with you long after the final page.

Heidi Wood is charity personified. She works for a non-profit organisation, takes in stray animals and always has a few dollars in her pocket for the homeless. When Heidi finds Willow, a girl standing on a train platform cradling a baby to her chest, she can’t get the image out of her head. The next time she sees Willow, standing in the pouring rain, she persuades her to share a meal at a nearby diner. Through gentle persistence, Heidi convinces Willow to stay with her for as long as necessary.

So when she brings home Willow and her four-month-old baby, her husband Chris and 12-year-old daughter Zoe are horrified but not exactly surprised. While Zoe is happy that her mother is taking a step back from looking over her shoulder at every turn, Chris is worried that Heidi is being taken advantage of.

Chris’s suspicions about Willow leads him to hire a private investigator, but what he discovers will shatter any illusions about her being a harmless runaway. Meanwhile, Willow comes to realise that Heidi, having miscarried before, is far more interested in baby Ruby than in her.

As Heidi’s obsession with Ruby grows, Willow must make a choice – hand over the baby to Heidi and go on with her life, or reveal the sequence of events that has brought them to her doorstep before Chris does.

Tragic and yet compelling, this novel reminds us that the past is what shapes us. Both Heidi and Willow as narrators lead us through their webs of deceit and obsession, with heartbreaking results. Heidi narrates the main action, detailing the slow disintegration of her normal life, letting her work and her friends fall away until nothing is left but her home life. By allowing Willow to tease out the aftermath, Mary Kubica reels us in and keeps us guessing to the very end.

Mary Kubica’s first, The Good Girl, was a New York Times bestseller, and was praised by the Library Journal Review as “compulsively readable and highly recommended for anyone who loves a mystery, a suspense tale, or a psychological puzzle.” Like Heidi, Kubica has a soft spot for strays and volunteers at her local shelter just outside Chicago.

 

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      Publisher details

      The Good Girl
      Author
      Mary Kubica
      Publisher
      Harlequin
      Genre
      Thriller
      Released
      01 August, 2015

      Synopsis

      "I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will."Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. When he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.Mia soon finds herself at the centre of a wild extortion plot. Colin's job was to abduct Mia and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and Detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems...

      Publisher details

      Pretty Baby
      Author
      Mary Kubica
      Publisher
      Harlequin
      Genres
      Fiction, Thriller
      Released
      01 August, 2015

      Synopsis

      Why we love it!We love this intelligent psychological thriller about the motivation behind a charitable deed from the bestselling author of The Good Girl. With its simmering tension, intriguing plotlines and clever storytelling, Pretty Baby will stay with you long after the final page.Heidi Wood is charity personified. She works for a non-profit organisation, takes in stray animals and always has a few dollars in her pocket for the homeless. When Heidi finds Willow, a girl standing on a train platform cradling a baby to her chest, she can't get the image out of her head. The next time she sees Willow, standing in the pouring rain, she persuades her to share a meal at a nearby diner. Through gentle persistence, Heidi convinces Willow to stay with her for as long as necessary.So when she brings home Willow and her four-month-old baby, her husband Chris and 12-year-old daughter Zoe are horrified but not exactly surprised. While Zoe is happy that her mother is taking a step back from looking over her shoulder at every turn, Chris is worried that Heidi is being taken advantage of.Chris's suspicions about Willow lead him to hire a private investigator, but what he discovers will shatter any illusions about her being a harmless runaway. Meanwhile, Willow comes to realise that Heidi, having miscarried before, is far more interested in baby Ruby than in her.As Heidi's obsession with Ruby grows, Willow must make a choice – hand over the baby to Heidi and go on with her life, or reveal the sequence of events that has brought them to her doorstep before Chris does.Tragic and yet compelling, this novel reminds us that the past is what makes us. Both Heidi and Willow as narrators lead us through their webs of deceit and obsession, with heartbreaking results. Heidi narrates the main action, detailing the slow disintegration of her normal life, letting her work and her friends fall away until nothing is left but her home life. By allowing Willow to tease out the aftermath, Mary Kubica reels us in and keeps us guessing to the very end.Mary Kubica's first, The Good Girl, was a New York Times bestseller, and was praised by the Library Journal Review as "compulsively readable and highly recommended for anyone who loves a mystery, a suspense tale, or a psychological puzzle." Like Heidi, Kubica has a soft spot for strays and volunteers at her local shelter just outside of Chicago.
      Mary Kubica
      About the author

      Mary Kubica

      Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening, and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

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