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Book Review – Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane

My review

If life came with a ‘replay‘ button, would we keep pressing it every time when life felt overwhelming and we knew we would sink soon? This was the question the book left me with.

My first book by Author Pamela Crane had me scrambling to keep up the lives of the 4 mums all of whose lives got seeped in the daily drudgery, responsibilities of kids and school, uncaring husbands, loss of careers. Frustrations, anger, secrets past and present, maintaining a “all’ s well” facade, soon led to the cracks getting formed, too wide to jump chasms appeared, and friendships were all these mums struggled to hold on to.

Pamela Crane’s domestic noir was a full-on thriller, it had a wife murdering the husband and kids and another mum’s daughter getting kidnapped. The story was depicted on the background, and sometimes on the foreground of these events, which led me on a merry ride, skipping into the past and coasting on the flimsy paths of the present.

My only niggle, the book initially had me confused as it told me the story in multiple points of view. I was lost in the lanes of the names of mum, kids, and husband. That kept slowing me down. I certainly don’t like my thrillers slowing me down.

But I could read this in a few hours, so I liked the book. Enjoyable!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bloodhound Books, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4 stars

About the Author

PAMELA CRANE is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that-he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him) and she writes on the edge. Writing murder mysteries is her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she bases her characters on real people, so be warned!

Book blurb

Jo’s idyllic life would make most people jealous. Until one day her daughter is abducted and the only way to find her is to unravel her dark past.

Ellie is a devoted wife… until she discovers the pain of betrayal. Now vengeance is all she can think about.

Party-girl Shayla knows how to hide her demons. But when she’s confronted with a life-shattering choice, it will cost her everything.

June knows suffering intimately, though the smile she wears keeps it hidden.

Soon the lives of these four women intersect and one of them is about to snap…

Product Details

Publication date : 18th July, 2018

Publisher : Bloodhound Books

34 thoughts on “Book Review – Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane Leave a comment

  1. Well, it’s a question I have often asked myself as well. But I always come back I would not. I think that past pain has also made me into who I am today, and while there are certainly a lot of things I could live without, I usually always manage to find a way to overcome the overwhelming things (Doesn’t mean it’s easy though…it never is).
    As always you wrote a great review and I like the premise this book offers. I would probably have that same niggle though 😊 Wonderful post! ❤️

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  2. When a book leaves you pondering and wondering, then it did it’s job. This one sounds interesting. I think there have been times when I would want to rewind, but it would probably change something else so maybe not.

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  3. Great review, Shalini. I always enjoy reading them. I get frustrated when it’s hard to keep up with the characters. But since you read this in a few hours I’m impressed.
    Hope you’re having a great day. 😊

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  4. I am honestly getting so tired of books told from multiple viewpoints… It’s different if it’s a romance or something being told back and forth between two people… But, people are getting too crazy about it. I can barely keep those two straight, let alone FOUR CHARACTERS!! I’m thinking I wouldn’t do well with this one. 😕

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  5. Great review, Shalini. This sounds interesting especially because of all the drama with the murders and kidnapping. Sorry to hear that the multiple POVs were confusing but I am glad that you enjoyed the book. Adding it to my TBR.

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