by Pamela Crane

A Book Reviewery review of Pretty Ugly Lies

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We’re rating Pretty Ugly Lies 3.5 mugs.

Worth a read.


…’All these beautiful things I’d spent a lifetime accumulating, putting into just the right place, tending to with dust cloths and lemon-scented cleaner, suddenly it all felt so meaningless’…


What is Pretty Ugly Lies about?

Four women struggle with self-sacrifice for the people they love, but when JO TRUBEAU’s 3 year old daughter, Amelia, goes missing, they are prompted to reassess the things in their lives that cause them every day stress.

ELLIE is struggling with a husband who seems less invested in their marriage than she is; SHAYLA is having an affair that threatens to get ugly; JUNE is struggling to juggle four kids, a job and a husband who can’t hold down a job; and JO is torn about whether revealing an old secret will help her find her daughter.

This book asks the question What would you do for the people you love, going deeper than whether you’d lie, cheat, kill to ask, would you tell the truth, even if it meant sacrificing the life you know? How far would you go to give them the life they want. Unlike the idealised mother character, each woman secretly questions how happy they are with the lives they’ve built.


Who will like Pretty Ugly Lies?

Fans of domestic noir may enjoy Pretty Ugly Lies, as well as fans of women’s suspense/drama novels such as Those Other Women.


What did The Book Reviewery think?

A fast read, this one would be good as a slightly darker holiday read by the pool or on the beach. Pretty Ugly Lies brought up a few good questions about what you have and what it would mean to lose it. The characters were not perfect, and they were propelled to deal with their lives as they began to spiral out of control, each woman approaching their challenges in a different way.