Saturday, September 1, 2018

Her Pretty Face - Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face is Robyn Harding's newest book.

Frances is a stay at home mom of a troubled son. When he wins a scholarship to an elite school, she hopes it will be a new start for him - and her. Frances doesn't make friends easily. But history begins to repeat itself, despite the fresh start. And then Kate enters the Metcalfe's lives.Kate is everything Frances is not - beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident - and she wants to be friends.

Frances isn't sure why she would pick her for a friend......and then she finds out why...

Great premise - what secrets do new friends have? And what would you do if you discovered that secret? What if someone discovered yours?

I really liked Frances as a character - despite her own self doubt, I was drawn to her. She is the first POV. Just as well drawn is Kate - but my spidey senses were going off. Kate's treatment of her daughter Daisy is quite different than how she treats her son. Daisy provides the second POV and someone named DJ provides the third. Who is he? As readers, we can begin to put together the pieces from the three viewpoints.

Harding deftly explores both parenthood and friendship through Frances and Kate. But each woman also has to take a look at themselves. Can the past be forgiven? Or does it shape the direction of a life with no absolution? I couldn't help but draw parallels to an actual criminal case in Canada.

I chose to listen to Her Pretty Face.  The readers were Rebekkah Ross, Cassandra Campbell and Kirby Heyborne.  I really enjoy multiple readers - I feel more immersed in the story. Each reader was excellent, putting their own spin on their character, conveying the thoughts and emotions of each. And as secrets are revealed, the tension, anger and uncertainty. Each reader was clear and easy to understand. Listen to an excerpt of Her Pretty Face.


bermudaonion said...

This sounds good to me. I really like multiple narrators too.

Vicki said...

I think I'd like this book, and I love that there are different narrators.

Luanne said...

Bermudaonion and Vicki - it was a good listen and the multiple readers made it more 'real'.

Dianna said...

I don't usually get to listen to my own audiobooks (we listen in the car, so it's usually Harry Potter or something else for the kids.) This is one I'd love to keep for myself!