Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.
A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.
Until she meets Kate Randolph.
Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.
In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past.
What an amazing, simple cover this is! I love the tones of the colors, the covered face, the rain. It really evokes the perfect mood and setting for this story.
I never reviewed it last year, but I read The Party by Robyn Harding in less than two days. It was one of the best thrillers I read in 2017, definitely, and I cannot wait to read it again. While not as good, Her Pretty Face was still a wonderful read and I am excited for future releases from Harding.
This book is told from three different perspectives: Frances, Daisy (Kate’s daughter) and DJ, though his importance to the story isn’t immediately known. Each perspective is its own thing, very distinct. I really enjoyed that Harding chose to not do a perspective from Kate and chose a different member of her family to help keep the story going. DJ’s perspective was probably my favorite, surprisingly enough. His is in the past and talks a lot about a murder and the trial. Making the connection to the present isn’t too far-fetched, but it can still be a fun guessing game.
Harding does an amazing job at making characters that you feel something toward — whether that be positive or negative. These are not flat, boring characters: These characters jump off the page.
Good plot? Check! Interesting characters? Check! Well written? Check!
Overall, I found this to be an interesting novel and would definitely recommend it to fans of the domestic thriller genre.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.