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Her Pretty Face

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  8,716 ratings  ·  1,371 reviews
Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat. A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world, but after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other chil ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press
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Unsettling and engrossing!

Frances carries a lot of repressed burdens on her shoulders, which has manifested into comfort eating and weight gain. Her son has also faced a few serious challenges, but is now attending the prestigious Forrester Academy. Frances had hoped his acceptance into the school would change things for her family, but neither she, nor her son, has been well received by the other moms.

The only bright spot in Frances’s life is her friendship with Kate. Kate could quite easily
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Stay at home mother, Frances is attending a costume party… and she’s not happy about it. It’s a fundraiser for her son, Marcus’s school and it’s mandatory that parents attend. She would rather be doing anything else. The fact that it’s a costume party just makes everything worse. She’s dressed as Cyndi Lauper but feels she looks more like “a cross between a deranged clown and a heavyset bag lady”. She’s sweating and feeling
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
👩🏻 Her Pretty Face is a suspenseful domestic thriller! 👭

The story is told via 3 multiple, ambiguous story lines - Frances, Daisy & DJ. Frances Metcalfe is an outsider in the private school world of "perfect" moms. Enter Kate Randolph who is beautiful, funny, chic and the kind of woman all the moms want to be friends with. Surprisingly, Kate snubs the elite moms and befriends Frances. The women forge an immediate friendship. Too good to be true, right? Of course it is! Both women are hiding sec
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Ultimately.. Fell Short of my Expectations

Frances doesn't fit in at the Forrester School of Jerks. However, she'll put up with anything for her son. And if that means putting up with the Forrester mean mommies.. so be it. Frances is floundering, doing her best to avoid any communication or confrontation with the perfect mommies - especially after her son urinated into a fellow classmates water bottle (yikes). Everything for Frances is going wrong, that is, until she meets Kate. Kate is perfect
j e w e l s
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it

Is it possible I'm burned out on domestic thrillers? No way, no how.

HOWEVER my expectations are through the roof now, people. This genre is absolutely flooded with new books and new authors and it is getting tougher to impress me, surprise me, or scare me. I'm cracking down on the books that don't make the cut and I'm here for you so you don't waste your hard earned dollars on mediocre books.

VERDICT This isn't a terrible book, but I wouldn't hand over any moolah for it.

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 second-guessing stars to Her Pretty Face! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I’m not second guessing giving four stars to Her Pretty Face. In fact, I’m awarding Her Pretty Face four stars for making me second guess myself throughout the entire novel. Four stars also for sleep loss because I found this book compulsively readable!

Her Pretty Face is told from three different points-of-view: Frances, a stay-at-home mom, Daisy, a teen, and DJ, a young child. Part of the fun in this book is figuring out how these voices
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding is a highly suspenseful domestic drama. The book starts off giving the details of the murder of a teen girl that took place in the past before beginning with the characters in the current timeline. The point of view changes each chapter with Frances and Daisy in the now and DJ in the past.

Frances is a housewife and mother to a son who is having some problems at his new school. A bit ostracized from the other mothers Frances is excited when another mother, Kate, h
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to win a copy of HER PRETTY FACE by Robyn Harding, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This novel is a domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets. This was an amazing read and had me scatter-brained all over the place. I was left guessing from beginning to end. All I can say is WOW! This author knows how to write!

Her Pretty Face is told from three perspectives, Frances, Daisy & DJ. But how are these characters all related?
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
“Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as what we want to conceal.”
Robin Harding’s novel, “Her Pretty Face” gives us a domestic thriller full of lies, murder and deceit.
Frances is an insecure, anxiety ridden, overweight Mom to Marcus. We are introduced to Frances at a fundraiser for her son’s private school . Adults are not immune from cliques along with bullying. Just as Frances is feeling uncomfortable and anxious with th
Frances Metcalfe is battling her demons while trying to navigate the theatrics of her family dynamics. Her son is getting bullied in school and he is having difficult assimilating into the elite Forrester Academy that he was recently accepted into. Frances battles with her own acceptance as an adult and mother in the new academic setting as well. Frances is struggling with her weight and her own insecurities—the other mothers are judging her parenting and how she isn't attractive enough for her ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t put this book down. Another reviewer mentioned the similarities in this story to Karla Homolka and I agree. This story was very unsettling as, even though I’ve read thrillers and murder mysteries, reading one that is so similar to a true story made it more disturbing. The story was very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat but I didn’t find any of the characters really likeable - except Kate’s daughter, Daisy, I just wanted her to be ok.
Frances Metcalfe is a married, stay at home mother of an 11-year old son who is struggling socially, as is she. She’s slightly overweight and doesn’t fit in with the other mothers of the children attending her son’s private school who go out of their way to make her feel socially unacceptable. Enter Karen Randolph, a beautiful and svelte woman who has a son the same age as Frances’ and reaches out to her. They become fast friends, as do their sons, and Frances begins to feel better about herself ...more
This book was a quick read, but it was also predictable. I read The Arrangement last month, which I also gave 3 stars too, but I had higher hopes for this book because I saw it compared to Big Little Lies. While I understand the comparison (it’s a lot of privileged private school moms flashing their money) I don’t think this book is nearly on the same level as Big Little Lies.

This story kind of reminded me of Big Little Lies meets A Simple Favor. I kept picturing Frances as the Anna Kendrick cha
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Gallery Books for the sending me an advanced copy of Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding. First of all, can we talk about this cover?! Amazing! This was a very fast read for me. The story is told in three different POVs with short chapters which is always nice! Most of the chapters are in present time but we also have flashbacks.

Frances Metcalfe is a wife and a protective mother. Her son, Marcus, has just been accepted to the private Forrester School. Her awkward son is big and is bei
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
After reading one of Robyn Harding's book several years ago, I placed some of her other novels on my TBR. They were next on my list for May, so I added Her Pretty Face to the queue and read it over the long weekend. It started out quite strong, generating a complex set of characters and a burning desire to know which of the two women was the murderer from the trial we read about in the first couple of chapters. Both seemed slightly off their rockers, yet when the full history came flooding out, ...more
Frank Phillips
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
With friends like these, who needs enemies?!! Her Pretty Face was an immense improvement on Harding's previous novel, The Party! I could not put this book down once I got into it, which was about 20 pages in. I did a little research and made myself aware of the real life true story this book supposedly is very loosely based off of, and because of this information and knowledge it made this book all the more creepy and thoroughly satisfying! Something about the way Harding rights just makes it so ...more
This is the first book I have read by this author. I was thoroughly impressed! It's not quite as dark and mysterious as some thrillers can be. I don't think that was the point of it. There is indeed some mystery to it but to me it was more than that. It was a story about two people and how the smallest silliest thing and the biggest most terrible thing can change your life forever.

First and foremost I think the premise of this book may have been loosely based on Canada's most notorious killers,
Frances is struggling. She feels overweight and socially inept, struggling to keep up with the beautiful, wealthy mothers at the fancy private school, Forrester Academy, that her son Marcus attends. That struggle is made even harder by an incident with Marcus and a classmate, Abbey Dumas, that sets the other moms against her. Even worse, no one knows about a horrible event in Frances' past that haunts her: not even her husband, Jason, and Marcus. But she feels rescued when she forges a friendshi ...more
Gloria Arthur (Ms. G's Bookshelf)
⭐️4 Stars⭐️
A chilling tale involving school mums, killers and the vulnerability of children

Frances Metcalfe is a stay at home mum, her son has just started at an elite school where she feels like an outsider amongst the snobby mums whose children attend there. She is hoping Marcus will thrive there.

Eleven year old Marcus has an incident at school which is disturbing to say the least, it leaves Frances in an awkward situation with the other mums. She hasn’t made any friends yet and this is all sh
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Stay-at-home mom Frances doesn’t really fit in with the other Seattle private school mothers. To say her son doesn’t either is the understatement of the year. So when the fabulous Kate decides to take Frances under her wing, she’s absolutely delighted . . . . . until the past starts potentially catching up to the present and long-held secrets threaten to be revealed.

Now I’m not saying you need to have a vagina to enjoy this book, but I
Diana | Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars → Awkward Frances doesn't fit in with the snobby moms of elite Forrester Academy, so she's surprised when the beautiful and perfect Kate wants to be her friend. The two women become very close. However, neither one knows that the other is harboring a dark secret, and one of them is a murderer.

HER PRETTY FACE is very much a slow-burner; there's not a big mystery to figure out or fast paced suspense. The story alternates between past and present, and between three characters' points of
Frances Metcalfe is a stay at home mum who is fighting to get through each day. When her son gets accepted into the elite Forrester Academy, Frances thought her life was starting to improve, but she was sadly mistaken. Being overweight and feeling lonely was only made worse when she attempted to fit into the "Forrester" world. Then went an incident happens at the school Frances gets snubbed more than ever and she feels more alone than she ever has before.

Kate Randolph is the utter opposite of Fr
Jamie Rosenblit
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs

I cannot say enough good things about this book! I was seriously kept guessing the ENTIRE time. Her Pretty Face is told from three perspectives, Frances, Daisy & DJ - but how they are all related will take some time to come to light. You will theorize, you will think you know, but if you are anything like me, you will be WRONG! And you will love it!

Do not miss this one when it is released on July 10 and thank me later!

Thank you to Simon & Shuster/Scout Press for an advance c
Erin Clemence
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Frances Metcalfe is trying to care for her troubled son, Marcus, and maintain her marriage to her almost-perfect husband. When her son finally gets into the elite Forrester Academy, Frances sees this as a positive sign that her life is about to change. Then, when she meets the beautiful and charismatic Kate Randolph and is suddenly accepted into the social circle of the othe
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I really enjoyed this one-a solid 5 stars for me. Her Pretty Face is a mystery/thriller that centers around main characters Frances, Kate and her daughter Daisy. Newly found friends, Frances and Kate are vastly different-Frances is overweight and unsure of herself and Kate is pretty and confident. Frances and Kate both have had a major traumatic event happen in their younger years-one accidental and one sooooooo not. One of these ladies is really Amber Kunick-who participated in the torture and ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mothers and their Suburban Secrets!

4.5 Stars, rounded down.


A thought-provoking book that answers the tough questions, like whether a person who commits a violent crime can ever be reformed, or whether a psychopath can truly love her children, as well as form and maintain genuine friendships and relationships with other people. I knew going in that it was going to be fairly predictable as the back of the book clearly states that the murderer hiding in plain sight, formerly Amber Kunik, is either
Well I'm a little bit mixed on this one. The framework for this story appears to be loosely based on Canada's most notorious serial killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. I wish the author had provided a warning that Her Pretty Face is loosely based on true events. Had I known it mirrored Homolka's crimes, I probably wouldn't have chosen to read this book in the first place. As a result, i felt like the author took advantage of a horrendous crime (that is still kind of a sensitive topic to man ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Frances and Kate seem very different, but soon became friends. Their sons go to the same private school, and neither one quite fits in with the other parents. Frances is somewhat ostracized because of her son’s behavioral problems. Kate is confident and not all that interested in blending in with the other parents. As the women’s friendship grows, one learns of the other’s secret. A disturbing secret of a past murder.

Told with alternating timelines (past and present) and three alternating points
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If I had known Her Pretty Face was based on the Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmoka murders, I would have stayed far far away from this one. But given how much I ended up enjoying it, I’m glad I went in blind. The story is told from three perspectives. Frances is having trouble fitting in as a parent at her son’s private school, but Kate throws her a lifeline through friendship. Daisy is Kate’s troubled teenage daughter. And DJ, who’s narrative is set in the past, is the brother of a teenage girl wh ...more
Joe Krakovsky
Aug 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Whenever I receive such a book, I feel honor bound to give it a shot. Though I tried to, and got up to page 75, I said, "Enough is enough!" I believe my friends refer to this as a DNF.

To begin with, I did not feel happy reading this. Even though the characters were described by their settings and how they reacted to them, I just could not connect to them, and I found I did not want to. It was like when I was watching the movie "Freeway" with Reese Withers
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Robyn Harding is the author of several books and has written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two children.

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