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Book Review: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica


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…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated


 I love a good psychological thriller. I guess that’s why I enjoyed The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Fynn and Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris. A friend gave me a copy of Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica last week and the synopsis got me intrigued enough to drop everything else on my planned reading and start reading the book.

Pretty Baby is a wonderful psychological thriller. It had everything that I look for in a good suspense novel. The suspense was well maintained right from the start when Heidi and Willow met. I kept trying to predict what would happen next but each twist came as a surprise. They were so unpredictable.

The story is narrated from three main perspectives. Heidi and Chris give narratives on the present. Willow mostly gives the background story by narrating on the past. The three perspectives are narrated interchangeably through the chapters giving the story such a good flow.

SCARED BELOVEDI liked the three main characters because they all played major roles in the narratives. However, I thought I understood them pretty well as the story went on but Heidi surprised me as the story progressed. Character development is done pretty well in the book. The twists are many, each chapter  ends with a cliff hanger and the suspense is so intense that I found myself totally lost in the story. It has been a while since I have stayed up so late at night reading a book. I even woke up at 5am in the morning to complete the book before heading to work. Yes, it really was that good.

Pretty Baby by May Kubica is one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read in a while. It reminded me of how much I like this kind of books. If you enjoyed any of the books mentioned in the first paragraph of this review then you will like Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica. This is highly recommended for all fans of psychological thrillers.

Ps:Is anyone else excited about watching The Girl on the Train? I just watched the trailer and now I can’t wait for the movie.


11 comments on “Book Review: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

  1. Lekeisha The Booknerd
    May 2, 2016

    I have to read The Girl on the Train before it hits theaters. Pretty Baby looks like a total mind blower, and it’s already on my wish list. Great review!

    • Diana
      May 3, 2016

      Thanks. I hope that you will like both books. The trailer for GoT looks interesting, I hope the movie will be too. I really enjoyed the book though.

  2. Tea Time with Marce
    May 2, 2016

    I really have enjoyed Mary Kubica’s books. This one had some great edge of your seat moments.

    Thanks for the trailer, I haven’t decided if I am going to read this one but I am sure I will watch it.

    • Diana
      May 3, 2016

      This was my first Mary Kubica book. I hope to read more from her. Any other titles that you would recommend? Thanks for the comment. I hope you will enjoy the movie. You should read the book though if you get a chance 🙂

  3. Jamie Wu
    May 2, 2016

    There’s a the Girl of the Train movie? I didn’t know that. Hope I can read it before the movie hits the theaters.

    • Diana
      May 3, 2016

      Yeah the movie will hit the theaters sometime late this year so there is still time to read the book 🙂 I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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