ARC Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
ashley | I was lucky enough to be a part of a Canadian blog tour for The Party by Robyn Harding last year. I was sent cute little champagne candies with the book and invited to join this party, and I hated every single person there. That book stirred some conflicting emotions and I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it, but I commended the book for making me have such a strong reaction. So I picked up Her Pretty Face with some hesitation, but also a bit of adrenaline fueled anticipation, prepared to have a lot more feels.
There was a lot of secrets swirling around in this book. It’s an interesting dynamic; we’re told right up front that someone isn’t who she claims to be and what this person did long ago, kind of revealing the twist at the start, but then we’re strung along through the majority of the book trying to figure out who is lying, which of the women is the one who fits that role. I liked this subtle spin.
I didn’t feel like there was any climactic, shocking moment here, but I enjoyed the read a lot. The situation and the people wrapped up in it was complex and it was really interesting to see the repercussions and impact that the horrible situation had on all the various characters involved. Harding did a great job of showing the intricacies of a sociopath and that part was pretty chilling.
I couldn’t help but draw some comparisons to the awful Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka case that devastated Canadians in the ’90s and wonder if that was in part an inspiration for the story. Either way, it was chilling and a fascinating read. I wasn’t blown away but I enjoyed it significantly more than Harding’s last effort and definitely suggest jumping into this dark and torrid story.
july 10, 2018