Review: Pretty Baby

July 28, 2015 book review, family, Mary Kubica, Mira, psychological thriller 3


  • Written by:  Mary Kubica
  • Published by:  MIRA Books, imprint of Harlequin, July 28, 2015
  • Length:  371 pages
  • Source:  Publisher, for consideration of a review

Summary:  A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author 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.

My Thoughts:  In this sophomore effort from Mary Kubica she has again created a tale where what is visible to the eye is not always the truth.  Issues of family, losing parents and children, and foster care are all a part of this wonderful book.  The story is told in first person by a variety of narrators, including Willow, Heidi and her husband Chris.  The use of this type of narration seems to work very well in this book.

Heidi is torn by seeing the young mother with a small infant on the streets.  Neither the mother or child seem to be well fed or clean.  It tugs at her heart, and what happens when she takes them home is not a welcome feeling from her family.  Homelessness is a major theme in the book, how we as a society deal with it and how Heidi decides to help in her own way.

There is no way good way to tell more about his book, it needs to be read, devoured I might say as it was a quick read for me.  I was unable to put it down to find out what would happen next.  Mary Kubica is an amazing author, with a dark and twisted side that I love!  Her books are so much deeper and darker than they appear.  Grab this one right away, it’s easily one of my favorite books of 2015.

3 Responses to “Review: Pretty Baby”

  1. Michelle

    Yes! I definitely feel this was stronger than her first novel, which is saying something because I thought that was an amazing story.

  2. litandlife

    I’m almost certain to be in anytime someone says they devoured a book! This sounds great.

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