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The Prettiest One

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  11,773 ratings  ·  743 reviews

When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years…but it’s all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about where she’s been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for

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Published October 1st 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
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Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.25 stars

I have really mixed emotions on this one...

There were some aspects of this book that I really enjoyed, and others that had me rolling my eyes.
The best way I can sum it up is this- it had all the right ingredients for a really tasty treat, but when mixed together, the end result left me unsatisfied.
It does look like I'm in the minority on this feeling though, based on others reviews I've read. So maybe I missed an ingredient or two along the way....wouldn't be the first time!

The main
Sep 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
None of this book made sense. It defied logic in all senses to try and push the plot forward. From the husband's POV: you have spent the last seven months being accused of killing your wife and she shows up all of a sudden. WHY ARE YOU NOT CALLING THE POLICE? That was in the first, like, ten pages and the lack of logic or even basic intellect of the characters continues to go down hill from there. If you like even moderately good thriller/mystery/crime novels save yourself and skip this book.
Dawn Dugan
Sep 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was one of the worse books that I have ever read as part of the Kindle First program. It begins with an interesting premise as the main character suffers from a dissociative fugue and cannot recall anything that has happened over the past 7 months. The author seems to believe that the reader also has amnesia because he reminds you every couple of pages that the main character should remember something but can not. Additionally, the plot is very simple, but the author again needs to recap ...more
Linda Strong
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caitlin Sommers has a problem. She doesn't know where she's been, but she's covered in blood and carrying a gun. When she gets home, her husband is astonished to see her ... she's been missing for 7 months and presumed dead.

Amnesia? Maybe ... Does she really not remember anything that has happened since she walked out of their house following an argument? She and her husband, Josh, decide to backtrack to see if they can figure out where she's been and what she's done. When they do, the first
Judy Collins
James Hankins returns following the popular Shady Cross with a psychological mystery crime suspense page-turner, THE PRETTIEST ONE —a memory wiped out, a decades old crime, a race against time, and two men risking it all, to save the woman they both love.

Caitlin Sommers, a real estate agent finds herself in a fog. She has no idea the time, date, or where she is. Everything is hazy. She recalled going to a store and buying something yellow. She is in a strange place and does not recognize
A psychological thriller that keeps you guessing, who did what to whom? A young woman finds herself on the doorstep of her home with blood all over her cloths and with no memories of the last seven months of her life. She and her husband set off to find out what happened to her before the police do. What she did revolves around her childhood and she must find out before she is killed by a family of lunatic killers or arrested for a murder she has no memory of committing. Interesting and fast ...more
Alana Bookapillar
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Too many good books out there to wade it out with this poorly written juvenile slop. Shallow characters, far-fetched plot, and don't get me started on the dialogue. Potential is there, but needs some serious editing.
Okay, have you ever decided to make a cake from scratch? You get all the right ingredients, follow the recipe to a tee and yet when it's done it just doesn't taste right? Well, that is what this book was for me. The book had all the right ingredients for a good thriller but it just didn't work out. There were parts of the book that I actually skipped over and yet I was still able to follow the story. If you want my opinion you didn't even need the parts with the detective at all. I think the ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book was a Kindle First choice for September, it was listed as a thriller and it is. It could be listed as a psychological thriller; Caitlyn is a very mysterious character- not only to herself, but to those she is close to.

I can't say too much about the story without injecting spoilers. Things start happening right from the first chapters, everything keeps building on her amnesia. The story delves into Caitlyn's past, present and future.

There are many twists and turns,
Natalie Gould
Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thrillers
This is hands down the worst book I have ever read. At first it was just the writing that was bad but the plot was pretty good. Then the plot took a turn for the ABSOLUTE WORST and there was nothing left to save it. This book made me sick to my stomach and it hurt my heart. Do yourself a favor and skip this book.
 Li'l Owl
Really enjoyed this one. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery suspence.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
The concept of this book was pretty interesting, but the execution was really lacking. The writing is often weak, and a fair amount of what happens move beyond implausible territory and into ridiculous territory, so that prevented me from getting into the book. Still, I could have suspended my disbelief more if the characters had been stronger.

The most egregious offender, though, is the ending.

Serious, huge spoiler about the ending ahead, so do not click unless you're prepared for it!

Oct 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is literally one of the worst books I have ever read - normally I would quit a book like this much earlier, but there were so many good reviews on Amazon (because this is one of the free Prime Owner books) that I thought maybe it would turn around.

My first problem with this book is how the author never allows the reader to come to their own conclusions. The descriptions and conversations are overwrought and, frankly, painful to read because of how obvious the conclusion was. The book reads
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, netgalley
The Prettiest One was a fast paced, engaging thriller about a woman, Caitlin, suffering from memory loss. As amnesia stories go, this was definitely one of the better ones. It gripped me right from the start, and I felt the plot and the characters were well developed. I enjoyed the witty interactions between Josh, Caitlin's husband, and Bix, Caitlin's fiancé. I was never quite sure where the plot was heading, so full marks for unpredictability. The only reason why I am giving this book 4 stars ...more
Yogi Khalsa
Sep 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Like reading the phone book.

Names, name, names, and more names. The main character has three or four names. The protagonists has three or four names. All these names and not a single character is well developed. If you like this sort of chaos then have fun. I read to page 280 then dumped it the,"not worth finishing," collection.
Vanessa S.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had its ups and downs but leaned more heavily toward the downs for me. Caitlin/Katie entered a fugue state as the result of a traumatic events and has no memory of the last seven months of her life. She and her husband return to the town where she spent the last seven months and team up with the boyfriend she had during that time period to determine what happened while she was in the fugue state. Interesting premise but the execution was just so-so. There were a lot of loose ends, and ...more
Wendy O'connell
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

Note: Spoiler Alert, hidden plot material is hinted upon.

The Prettiest One is a gracious gift given to me FREE, by James Hankins for an honest review. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of Hankins. His writing is smooth, editing is well-done, and maybe the most important factor is that he doesn’t try and impress the reader with crude language, unnecessary sex, and brutal violence. Out of the books I’ve read by him, Shady Cross is still my favorite. In it an ex-con named Stokes finds a lot of money
Nor Thanapon
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Sometimes when I see books that look awesome, I request them on netgalley and goodreads-first reads, knowing that I'll never get either. For this book I got BOTH!!!!!!! So here is my review for a book I was lucky enough to receive from my two favourite book sites :)

The quickest summary I can give you is the following: Adult thriller version of "Dude, Where's My Car?"

Review: As the book developed, the amnesia plot made more and more sense. Initially it seemed overdone. Also, the idea that two
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

First sentence will get a hold on you and you won't be able let go of your Kindle. Good thing long weekend, story of Caitlin is incredibly heart pounding thrill. One bogeyman and his two sons. Learned about " Dissociated future - DSM-5".
If you didn't read his other books make sure read them too. They are all five stars.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this! Literally has me gripped the full day. I will definitely read more from this author!
Jacob Guo
Oct 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
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James Emery
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall, a fun read and good for what it is--a fast paced suspense. Along with that, though, comes the typical genre tropes and characters that many times lacked dimensions. Also, and the main reason I gave this three stars, the middle sagged down. The novel opened strong and the last 1/4th moved along nicely, but the middle ended up largely stagnant for me. There were revelations that fell a little short and it seemed after every one, Hankins felt it necessary to summarize the events to that ...more
Lynn Mccarthy
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The prettiest one is a thriller about Caitlin who has been missing for 7 months and just appears at her home but can not remember anything from that time in her life.
Her husband is shocked to see her he thought she was dead plus she is covered in blood but not her own and in her bag is a gun and artificial hands.
A good read i had to keep reading this book just to see what was happening i had no idea what was going to happen next as she and her husband Josh back track to find out where she has
Andrea Corley
I've actually had this book for quite some time and accidentally uploaded it to my phone from Audible, so I figured since it was already loaded and I was looking for my next book, that I would give it a go, and I am glad that I did!

There were parts of the story that were hard to follow, but it started off rock solid and at a good pace and maintained that throughout! I liked the idea of the story of the main character not knowing what happened and following her through trying to back trace her
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘Caitlin opened her mouth to reply, then seemed to realize that she had no idea what to say.’

Massachusetts author James Hankins is not only a movie star handsome man he is also a highly successful and honored writer. In addition to these skills he has been active as a lawyer (receiving his degree from University of Connecticut School of Law), was in health administration and embraced screenwriting. Attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he received the Chris Columbus Screenwriting Award. His
Joshua Knutson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read

I’ve had this book awhile and glad I finally read it as it was a good thrill ride, will definitely check out more from this author.
Kathy Schultz
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I found it engaging from the first chapter. Caitlin Sommers "wakes up" in a parking lot of a warehouse in Smithfield, MA, a fictional city, covered in blood and not remembering how she got there. She heads up the highway in her car to go home to Bristol, NH. Once there she learns from her husband that she has been missing for seven months and has no memory, a kind of amnesia, of what she did in those seven months. She vaguely remembers having an argument ...more
Liz Chiodo
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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Liz Terek
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
'The Prettiest One' is one of those thrillers that requires a vague review in order to not spoil the entire novel for future readers. Caitlin's character is multi-dimensional and there will be many times readers will need to shake their heads in order to process passages that they've read. There is definitely a mystery componest so it isn't exactly, strictly a thriller. I'd absolutely add that there is a great deal of suspense.
Alert readers may begin piecing the puzzle together, but most will
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USA Today bestselling author James Hankins's newest novel of suspense, A BLOOD THING, came out on June 5, 2018. Each of his previous thrillers (including THE PRETTIEST ONE, SHADY CROSS, BROTHERS AND BONES, and more) spent time in the Kindle Top 100 and became Amazon #1 bestsellers, while THE PRETTIEST ONE reached #1 across all categories in the Kindle Store. SHADY CROSS received a coveted starred ...more
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