Overview: Her Pretty Face opens up in an affluent suburb of Seattle, where all of the dads work at Microsoft or Amazon, and all of the moms go to Soul Cycle 3x / day. This new “domestic thriller/drama” stars Frances Metcalfe (overweight, insecure, and average) and her unlikely new BFF, Kate Randolph (beautiful, popular, and confident), brought together by their mutual hatred for the cliquey moms at school.
Now, a secret threatens to tear them apart… because one of these women isn’t who she says she is.
She’s a murderer.
Full summary can be found here.
Novel Thoughts: Beautiful cover, great name, and interesting premise. My expectations within this genre are rising—and rightfully so! We are quite literally getting flooded with new titles & authors that fall into this category of “domestic drama/thriller” every day. That being said, I found Her Pretty Face to be a completely satisfying read. Each character contributes something integral to the overarching theme, and it's written in a way that makes it easy to relate to even the nastiest of antagonists. A couple of lingering questions:
Overview: The Lying Game focuses on a group of four young women revisiting the past at their old boarding school where—SURPRISE—they played an ongoing game called the ‘Lying Game’. Another crazy twist is the rules of the game:
#1 Tell a lie. #2 Stick to your story. #3 Don’t get caught.
A more detailed summary can be found here, but this synopsis is all you really need to know.
Novel Thoughts: The only thing missing from this book is the word “girl” in the title! Novel Thoughts below:
If you haven't read this yet, I cannot recommend it enough.
Since I'm far from being a respected literary critic, rather than delve into the abyss that is poetic criticism, I have an excerpt that I want all of my friends-- yes, that means you, reader-- to see, memorize, and recite when needed.
Overview: From the author of You comes Caroline Kepnes’ highly-anticipated third novel. Providence follows the story of Jon and Chloe, best friends in their small New England town, each at very different levels of their high school hierarchy. When shy and misunderstood Jon is kidnapped, Chloe suddenly realizes that all along she loved him and struggles to balance her obsession of finding him with her need to ‘fit in’ with the popular crowd.
Four years pass, and Jon shows up to find that nothing has really changed—that is, except for him and his newfound superpowers. Shortly after returning home, he runs away to protect Chloe and his family, searching for answers about his new identity and to find a cure.
Overview: “The Handmaid's Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men.” The rest of the summary on the book sleeve is extremely vague, which is fitting since the book itself raises more questions than answers.
Three sisters whose ages are unknown (to us AND to them) have lived isolated on an island for their entire lives, where their parents run a sort of safe house for women recovering from violence. Ironically, their mother & father have taught them to suppress their feelings through tortuous and violent outlets (including the ‘drowning game’ and the ‘passing out game.’) Their father dies, three men show up on the island, and their mother disappears, making their perfect little messed-up lives go to sh*t. Sibling rivalries flare as the three sisters attempt to navigate this new and forbidden world, beautifully written by Sophie Mackintosh.