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Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane (Book Review #244)

I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 01/08/19

My 36th book this year)

Someone has killed a whole family. Someone has finally snapped and followed through with the most final act of life.

There are 4 women who each have their own struggles in day to day life. One has a cheating husband, one has a dead beat husband, one has a son who is bullied and one has just had a child abducted from them. With each of the families the women are close to breaking point. Who will be the weakest mother? The one who makes the kill?


The first chapter was great. A highly intriguing scene where we as the reader are left wondering who killed everyone. Then all of a sudden, for the rest of the book, the author is trying too hard to maintain the mystery behind who the killer is.

There is too much focus on every negative aspect of married life and family life. None of the good moments shine through to remind us that life isn’t all bad. Not much of a read considering most readers probably pick up something fictional to just escape reality.

The abduction ended at a total anticlimax. Maybe it wasn’t even worth having this part of the story at all.

Apologies but this book is pretty amateur in comparison with Liane Moriarty. Similar type of story but needs much more experience in the story telling and the importance of what detail needs to be included. I would definitely not recommend this book to other readers. I would also say it is not worth the read.

Written by Ling Lee (01/08/19)

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