Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica (Book Review #154)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 30/01/18

My 10th book this year)

Chris, the loving workaholic father who provides for his family. Zoe the teenager who has forgotten how to appreciate things in life and seems to hate everything. Heidi, the loving mother who no longer knows how to give her daughter attention without annoying her. Heidi the kind hearted woman who helps those less fortunate, those in need, the homeless. Helping everyone but setting aside the needs of her own family.

Willow appears out of nowhere with a baby in tow. Heidi notices her and feels the need to jump to her rescue once again. Inviting her into her home to take care of both her and her baby. All against her husband and daughters wishes. But it doesn’t matter because Heidi just wants to help.

Life is turned around, everyday routine now revolves around the need to help these unfortunate people. Then things get more intense in the house. Chris is wary of Willow and digs deep to find out about Willow’s past. Chris just wants life to get back to the normal routine.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The first half of the story was dull and slow going as we are eased into the characters. There was nothing to like about Zoe. Chris was not a very interesting character until much closer to the end. Heidi was the ultimate do gooder who would sacrifice her own happiness to help others.

The second part of the story really kicked off. Everything began to unfold and happen at the same time. Chris still working more than he should, Zoe still hating everything. But with Heidi and Willow, everything is a sprint to get to the end of the story. I found myself needing to finish the book yet knowing I should be sleeping by the AM hours. I would recommend this book to other readers. I enjoyed the second half all the way up to the last page. I felt sad for the end of Heidi, but I guess that’s just the way life is. Willow has endured way too much for her age, but I guess this helps remind the rest of us to appreciate being brought up in peaceful households without the violence and fear in our lives.

Written by Ling Lee (30/01/18)

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