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Publisher's Summary

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national best-selling author Mary Kubica.

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and 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 begins as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

©2015 Mary Kubica (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Couldn't stop listening

Couldn't stop listening. Well written and narrated. Audible recommends this to people who enjoyed Gone Girl and it's true - some great twists and turns told from different perspectives to piece together this story.

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Thoroughly enjoyable read

I loved the gradual development of these interesting and believable characters and the way it was written from the three different perspectives. Very well done.

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Incredible

I really struggled to stop listening to this book. heartbreaking and beautiful and read so well

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Couldn't put it down

Easy to get into and a very well written story. Very easy to listen to.

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Original gritty story of a vulnerable young girl

This story can be upsetting, but is never very graphic, just implying the abuse. It does go a long way to help one understand the problems and suffering of life in the street, of adopted orphans and the abuse they may suffer. It has light and shade , evil and mindless, is a compelling story and I would highly recommend it, and the the ever calm voice of the narrator.

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Excellent could not stop listening;
I lived every moment with the characters, well done to all...

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intriguing.

love the book enthralling and captivating story. and wonderful performances by the voice actors. highly suggest if you like books with twists and touching story.

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Quite good

Very good twists that I didn’t see coming. Different voices were good to differentiate between characters too.

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I loved everything above this book.

I loved everything about this book from the story line to the narrators voices. fantastic!

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Brilliant book

I really enjoyed this book great twist at the end had to keep listening until I finished it.

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  • Ann D
  • 16-12-2015

Brilliant!

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A brilliantly written tale of of human fallibility, evil, damage and vulnerability. Each character, the troubled and the reprehensible, were brought fully to life. Not one to read when feeling fragile in any way.

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  • Pam
  • 05-08-2015

I'm not good with American stories but this gripped me

This book got better and better as it went along- i loved the narrators which is difficult - struggle a lot with strong accents. But it was moulded and folded and unfolded professionally - a sign of a good book for me is 'un-put-down-able' and I was listening wherever I went! Good on you Mary Kubica and your narrating team. 5* from me!

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  • MaMaMason
  • 02-08-2015

Can't carry on listening to this ~ too disturbing

The story is constructed so that you're pulled in and hooked, but I got to the point where the adrenaline was up just a bit too high, and had to stop listening.

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  • Jenna
  • 10-12-2015

kept me gripped!

If you could sum up Pretty Baby in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, clever, twisty!

What did you like best about this story?

the story and people and plot were all intersting and made you care about what was happening to them

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  • Natasha
  • 17-10-2015

Sucks you right in

The style of writing is excellent, Mary really places you there. The voices were so pleasant to listen to - I enjoyed every minute of this book on my long walks. Highly recommend.
The story builds slowly (but never boringly so) and before you know it you are immersed in the lives of Heidi, Willow and Chris and can't stop listening.

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  • MRS
  • 11-08-2017

So Slow

What disappointed you about Pretty Baby?

After reading over half of this book I had yet to discover any psychological event. It was at this stage simply a story of a woman grieving for the loss of her own unborn child many years earlier and her need to help an unfortunate girl with her own baby. Clearly anything interesting was yet to happen ... but it was too slow.
I could see where the story was heading and chose not to continue through lack of interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Kubica again?

Yes, provided the preview is accurate and provided something entertaining occurs quickly.

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Disappointed as purchased based on comments by earlier readers

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  • metfer
  • 08-04-2016

Disappointed after reading other reviews

Struggled with this audio book from the beginning really, the story never really seemed to get going & several times I almost decided to abandon it. However I persisted, I found the narrator who played Heidi had a particularly monotonous voice which didn't help matters. All in all a rather dreary book. Guess I have been lucky with other audio books I have listened to in Audible - can't win them all!