Title: Pretty Baby
Author: Mary Kubica (Author Website) (Facebook)
Narrators: Cassandra Campbell; Tom Taylorson; Jorjeana Marie
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Source: Audiobook Jukebox‘s reviewer program
About the Book: (from Goodreads.com)
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.
About the Author: (from author website)
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature, and lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014.
Narrators: Cassandra Campbell; Tom Taylorson; Jorjeana Marie - the narration of Pretty Baby was very well done and seamless. I am a fan of narration by Cassandra Campbell and Jorjeana Marie. If I see they are narrating a book, I am very likely to check it out! Jorjeana is remarkable at portraying younger characters.
My Review: I seem to be on a bit of a roll with reading psychological thrillers. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica certainly falls into that category. Initially the book interested me as Heidi is a social worker type person like myself. Heidi teaches adult literacy and frequently sees a young girl with a baby when riding the train. Heidi has a good heart and wants to help the young girl. She can't seem to stop thinking about the young girl, Willow and her baby Ruby. Heidi eventually makes contact with Willow and she comes to live with Heidi and her family.
Willow and her baby come to live with Heidi, her husband Chris and their daughter, Zoe. The story is told in alternating voices of Willow, Heidi and Chris, which worked well for this particular story. You are left wondering which voice is reliable and which one is leading you astray. You can feel the dread. You know something isn't right, but you just can't figure it out.
My Rating: 4/5 – really liked it- I don't like to share too much about a thriller, because it takes the fun out of it for those who have not yet read it. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica deals with child abuse, homelessness and the failure of the foster care system. The characters are well developed and you really understand their feelings of guilt, loss and regret. I read Pretty Baby in a day......no housework was done that day! Mary Kubica is a new author to me, but one I will be checking out again.
My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica was also reviewed on the following blogs: Smart Bitches and Trashy Books, Outwardly Introverted, That's What She Read, and Novelicious.com
**Disclosure – Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica was received from Audiobook Jukebox’s reviewer program and Blackstone Audio in exchange for a fair review.