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“Stolen bodies working stolen land. It was an engine that did not stop, its hungry boiler fed with blood.”

“‘That’s what feminism means to me,’ Kate said. ‘Allowing women to pursue their dreams, whatever they are, without stigma or judgment.'”

One Million Page Princess

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada via Netgalley, for the advance copy of this chilling, page-turning, psychological thriller. Her Pretty Face by local Vancouver talent, (what what!?) Robyn Harding, was exactly the type of “can’t-put-it-down” escape read I’d been craving.

Overweight, insecure, and shy, Frances tries desperately to fit into the mom group at her troubled son’s elite private school. When she becomes further ostracized by the parent community for a disgusting prank her son initiates, Frances feels completely alone. A gorgeous husband at home only seems to worsen her self-esteem issues. Until one day, when she meets Kate.

Kate is beautiful, confident, elegant, chic, and wealthy. On the surface both her and her family look perfect. When Kate tries to start a friendship with Frances, the insecure mom isn’t quite sure how to respond. She is flattered and empowered by knowing this ‘perfect’ woman wants to be friends with her.

As their friendship blossoms so does Frances. Suddenly it’s much easier for her to get to the gym every day, and she begins to feel a lot better about herself. Even Frances’ son seems to be doing better! After making friends with Kate’s son, the two boys set down a successful path both academically and socially, and the two couples and their boys seem to settle into domestic bliss. Kate’s teenage daughter never quite fits into the pretty picture, but if I said much more than that I might spoil something for you!

That is my biggest and mainly only complaint about this entertaining thriller; I wish the published synopsis had been vaguer. Then the ‘twist’ may have actually been a twist. I loved almost everything about this book. The characters were well-developed and I loved the rotating chapter perspectives and time jumps. Who doesn’t love a juicy, question-answering flashback? I loved the mystery, and the twists and turns. Since the plot synopsis gave so much away, I wasn’t as thrilled with the ending as I had expected with the tension building up to it. UNLESS, there is a possible sequel in the future… Then it alllll makes sense to me.

Go into this one as blind as possible. The less you know, the more you will enjoy this already very entertaining novel that leaves you asking yourself just one question…

Can people really change? And even if they can, is it possible to forget the past?

 

Set to be released this July 10th, 2018, be sure to pack it with you in your weekender for a summer trip. I finished my copy in three days!

Until next time,

OMPP