Title: Pretty Baby
Author: Mary Kubica
Published: Mira, 2014
Description: 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. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Holy crap! That essentially sums up my thoughts about this book. However, to further elaborate, this is the third book of Mary Kubica's that I have read and in all honesty I didn't think it could be as good as the other two I've read.
When I started the book I'll admit that I was actually pretty underwhelmed by the story. The story was just so boring. I just felt like the characters were typical stereotypes and there was nothing too exciting going on. It took me a few goes to read through the book as I would put it down after every couple of chapters. Then it reached a point where things started to take a very subtle turn in a darker direction and then I was hooked.
As always, I have to say that Kubica's writing is so good. She just has such a way with words that keep me reading and make me feel exactly as the characters are feeling. Because I knew that something bad was going to happen, the feeling of dread and unease was with me the whole time that I was reading this book. I always feel this way with her books. I honestly feel like I need to read Kubica's books when I have enough time to spend an entire day reading the book because they draw me in and I feel like I can't just leave the story half told.
I had a feeling I could guess where some parts of this book were going, and I was right. There were some other parts that I didn't figure out but I will say, my God this book took on such a twisted direction. Things got so intense. I can't even describe how I felt by the end of things I'm kind of overwhelmed by it a little. Essentially, things just unravel so fast that I just got completely swept up in the story and followed it along to the end.
Pretty Baby is not my favourite of Mary Kubica's but I have to say that it was really good once it got going. I absolutely love Mary Kubica's books and I am so keen to read the one book I have left, The Good Girl. I do however, feel like I need to read something a bit lighter first as I don't think I can handle another emotional ride right at this moment.