Since the day I finished reading Mary Kubica‘s The Good Girl, I have anxiously awaited a second offering from this author. The wait was not in vain. Pretty Baby offers twists and turns much like her first novel and keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out the ending. Trust me, you won’t.
In Pretty Baby, you hear 3 completely different points of view:
The main character, whose thoughts and conversations are almost always about others. She very rarely talks about herself or how she is feeling. Heidi is a compassionate person who has a deep-rooted need to save anyone or anything in need.
With Heidi’s mindset, it was only a matter of time before Willow will be brought into the Wood’s home, along with her infant baby girl, much to the chagrin of her husband and ever-moody 12-year-old daughter, Zoe.
While there is something about Willow and the baby that seems a little off, a little strange, Heidi ignores that fact and becomes immersed in infatuation. For all of her need to be the caretaker of people and things, her own desire for a large family was taken away from her by cancer. As her attachment to the baby, Ruby, grows, her willingness to ask questions and seek the truth from Willow wanes until there is no possibility that she will ever seek the truth.
Chris is Heidi’s husband and his thoughts are mostly about himself and his marriage as it affects him, but very rarely about anyone else. He is a good person at heart, but he doesn’t share Heidi’s need to right every wrong. Although he loves his wife, Chris also grapples with the question of whether his wife worries more for people she does not know than for him.
Fearing for his family, Chris is angry, and yet very accommodating to Heidi. As days go by, the tension escalates, with Willow refusing to answer any questions about her past, Heidi refusing to press her for fear she may run, and Chris feeling an urgent need to know in order to protect his family.
Willow’s thoughts and conversations take you from the present to the past, showing you all the issues that have shaped her 16-year life. It has not been an easy life, to say the least, but she is a resilient girl who definitely fits Heidi’s profile as someone who needs to be saved.
If you are looking for a really good psychological thriller along the lines of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins, this book is for you. Although I do feel the need to point out that there are issues of child abuse and if that is something you cannot handle in a book, stay away.
So now that I have finished the second of Mary Kubica’s books, I am anxiously awaiting her next. Hopefully, she won’t keep me waiting long.
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