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Two wildly different women--one a grifter, the other an heiress--are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a page-turner from the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear.

Nina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career. When that dream crashed, she turned to stealing from rich kids in L.A. alongside
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ebook, 496 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Random House
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good news! Nicole Kidman sets to star and produce this books adaptation into streaming Amazon series!

Another conning story with full of secret and lies, delicious twists and shocking revelations! Okay! Count me in and reserve my place for this crazy, heart throbbing ride! This is my kind of enjoyable, dark, smart thriller!

We have a drifter, Nina Ross, having a chance for con of her lifetime, avenging the Liebling family who treated her mean and unfair and told her she would never be good enough
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chai ♡
A grifter and an heiress brought together by the scam of a lifetime is the kind of premise I didn't know was missing in my life until I read it. CAN'T WAIT! ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars round up to 4

This cover is gorgeous!! I must admit that is what initially drew me to this book. This book started out really strong the first couple of chapters. I defiantly was drawn right in as Nina seemed to be a hardcore player in this game she was playing- stealing from the wealthy.

Then we seem to hit a speed bump and stay in low gear until about the 65% point in the book. I actually considered setting this book aside right before it picked up. Then we flew into high gear again
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You all know that I don't give books five star ratings unless I really, really loved it. PRETTY THINGS wrested all five of those stars from my miserly fingers, kicking and screaming like a woman in a bar fight telling you to "lay off her man." The title is really clever because while one of the heroines (there are two) makes it her business to steal pretty things, both of them are "pretty things": young woman who, in their own way, have
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Tammy
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rarely award commercial fiction with five stars. This is a notable exception.

Pretty clothes, shoes, jewelry, hair, make-up, and glamourous photo shoot locations epitomize the life of a young heiress. But, living your life online is not very pretty particularly when you need to be validated by virtual strangers. The vapid superficiality of being an internet influencer becomes apparent after a broken engagement which sends the heiress scuttling back to her familys antique-stuffed Lake Tahoe
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Diana
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Wealth is a Band-Aid, not an inoculation; and if the disease runs deep enough, it will cure nothing at all."

Two very different women ... one is a con artist and the other an heiress and Instagram Influencer. Both women are on a course of destruction and soon to collide when they meet.

The story alternates back and forth between Nina and Vanessa. The characters are flawed but believable and keeps you engaged. Nina is always looking for the next big con by tricking billionaires out of their money.
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Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Mark my words - Pretty Things will be a hugely popular book in 2020 - it has all the trappings of a buzz book right now - social media influencers & backstabbing relationships - BUT, the key factor here is the writing. Janelle Brown has crafted a story that will hook readers from page one and entertain and engage them through the absolute final page.

Told in alternating perspectives and timelines, we meet Nina and Vanessa - a con artist and a rich influencer. But the connections these two
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Dennis
I'm hearing amazing things about Janelle Brown's upcoming novel, Pretty Things , so of course I had to bump it up on my TBR. I'm so glad that I did because it was awesome! Pretty Things is my first venture into the world of Janelle Brown's writing, but now I think I may have to read her previous works. I've heard Watch Me Disappear was fabulousconsider me intrigued!

Pretty Things has all the makings of a great psychological thrillerunreliable narrators, deception and con-artistry, and all
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Denise
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fiendishly clever book of double-crossing and revenge!

After my initial perusal of reviews of Pretty Things, I think I was expecting a raging thriller filled with crazy twists and turns, and while there are some twists, it was definitely not exactly what I was anticipating, as the book is a slow-burn, thick with shifty grifters (which, by the way, before reading this book, I had no idea what a grifter was!) and Instagram Influencers, neither of which generally make for a super compelling
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Selena
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-copy of Pretty Things by Janelle Brown from NetGalley for my honest review.

This book is a story about two women, Nina and Vanessa. Nina, who was raised by a single mother.
Life was never easy for them and money was always scarce. Vanessa was born into a family of old-money. Life was always an advantage for her. Their lives end up intertwined when Nina decides that Vanessa will be her next person to con.

A wonderful book of mystery and intrigue!
Melike
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book and engaging book!!! We have Nina and her boyfriend Lachlan who are grifters, Vanessa the heiress who is an Instagram influencer, and sweet Benny who is Vanessas brother all embroiled together in this thriller. I loved every minute of Pretty Things, it was an entertaining page-turner with many twists and turns. Even though I didn't like all the characters, they were real and interesting. The descriptions of Lake Tahoe and Stonehaven were written so well, I felt like I was the one ...more
Lisa
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The characters, setting and story are delightfully woven to form a compelling and entertaining thriller.

SUMMARY
Nina watches and waits. She studies social media to find what people have and where they have it. When the time is right, she and her boyfriend, Lachlan take what they want. Nina learned grifting from the best. Her mother was a con artist, hustling where she could to give her daughter a decent childhood. But now her mother is has cancer, and Nina is running her most audacious,
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Alaina
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

OMG, Pretty Things was AMAZING guys! I love all kinds of mystery thrillers when I'm work.. which is weird to say it out loud but it works. This was a fun ass rollercoaster ride that had me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

In it, we meet Nina and Lachlan. Nina has a once in a lifetime chance at revenge.. well, a con.. but I still considered it revenge. Mostly because this family, the Liebling's, did her dirty
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Amy
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
m just here to add to what Jordy, @beauty_andthebook_ @scaredstraightreads have already said about this one because it was just as amazing as they all said it was! This has everything a great psychological thriller needs, unreliable narrators, twists, lies and most importantly, fantastic writing. The author weaves the most delicious tale of deceit and betrayal and I cant even wait for everyone to read this one next month! ...more
Suzanne thebookblondie
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (#25 in 2020)

Thank you to @bluntscissorsreviews for sharing your ARC with me! I saw Jennifer post about Pretty Things, we talked about how much she loved it, and then she offered to send me her copy to borrow! This, my friends, is why Bookstagram is such a wonderful place J

Nina Ross is a self-proclaimed con-artist. Shes a liar and a cheat, but she does have some morals. She knows that she only does this to get by and to help her needy mother. While Nina may be
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Debbie
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown is one to add to your 2020 TBR list! I was so excited to have a chance to read and review her upcoming novel because I loved Watch Me Disappear whenever I read it a while back. Pretty Things features Nina Ross, a grifter who was raised by her Con Artist mother, Vanessa Liebling, an heiress turned Instagram influencer and Lachlan who is Ninas partner in crime/boyfriend.

To earn money to pay for her mothers cancer treatments, Nina and Lachlan move to Lake Tahoe and
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Jordy’s Book Club
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A great female 2-hander that feels like GRIFTERS meets INGRID GOES WEST. Its wicked and sharp in a way that reminded me of Riley Sager's THE LAST TIME I LIED with two flawed complex female characters one-upping each other with deceit. I though it was sharp and complicated and deliciously fun. A great story of family and inheritance. ...more
Courtney
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book! I breezed through these 500 pages at an incredible pace. This is one of those page turning thrillers that will keep you wanting more, so be sure to read this when you have lots of time on your hands.

Superb plot building and very intriguing characters. A must read for those a fan of thrillers and plot twists.

Thank you Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for an ARC of this novel to read and review
Rebecca Minnock
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nina Ross is a grifter, just like her mom. She didn't have a lot growing up, they were always on the move.

Vanessa, heiress of a family fortune, is a famous instagram influencer. Everyone loves her, but her smile hides a past filled with tragedy.

Nina & Vanessa's lives become intertwined as part of a long con. 

Excellently written, with an intricate plot full of twists, I loved absolutely everything about Pretty Things. I highly recommend picking it up!
Bandit
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this book is long, too long. Thats why it took me a while to pick it up. I dont think books (and especially thrillers) should exceed 400 pages, 300something being the ideal. Any more than that seems overindulgent, not to mention it risks slowing down the momentum of suspense. And having that been said, if a suspense thriller must be 500 pages long, it should be done by someone as talented as the author. Which is to say, sure the books s pretty long, but oh boy, its so well written. ...more
MicheleReader
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 4.25 stars

Pretty Things is a good old-fashioned con story set in the current world of social media where peoples lives are so transparent that they can become easy marks. We meet Nina Ross, daughter of a lifelong grifter. Nina strived for a legitimate life but got pulled into the world of scam artists by her mother. Working with boyfriend Lachlan, they cleverly bilked Los Angeles uber-wealthy of valuable possessions. As their next victim, they set their sights on the wealthy and fabulous
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Debbie
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown is one to add to your 2020 TBR list! I was so excited to have a chance to read and review her upcoming novel because I loved Watch Me Disappear whenever I read it a while back. Pretty Things features Nina Ross, a grifter who was raised by her con artist mother, Vanessa Liebling, an heiress turned Instagram influencer and Lachlan who is Ninas partner in crime/boyfriend.

To earn money to pay for her mothers cancer treatments, Nina and Lachlan move to Lake Tahoe and
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Vonda
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A captivating, fun suspenseful read. It's got so many plot twists which makes it so enjoyable and surprise! Nothing bad happens so it makes it a fun book for everyone!
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Rating: 3.1 / 5

My final thought on this, simple though it is, is that "I didn't really like it".

At the beginning, things seemed promising, compelling as the summary would suggest. The setup is great: a heist is being planned by Nina and her boyfriend, Lachlan, to rob millionairess Vanessa blind--well, not completely, but rob her of a high enough sum that it'd be tempting to anyone who has things like student loans, medical bills, and rent to pay. Shifting perspectives between Nina and Vanessa,
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Brittany
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty things was 3.5/4ish ⭐ for me.

The cover of the book drew me in and the first few chapters about Nina I was invested. She seemed like a bad ass con artist and I loved it.

Then it became a slow burn for me. It went back and forth between Vanessa and Nina with a lot of character development and I felt like repeated paragraphs.

I thought about putting this book down a few times but then finally I got 70% of the way through and the drama and twists started picking up and I was left with a pretty
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Richelle Robinson
3.5 stars

I received a review copy and I voluntarily provided an honest review.This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review."


Nina is a grifter with a conscience and has very good reasons for why she does what she does. Vanessa is your typical privileged kid turned social media influencer or is she? I enjoyed the story especially how the two main characters are connected to one another but I felt the book was about 100 pages too long. There were some twists at the end
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Kirsty
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free e-ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars.

This book is filled with con artists who play other people in order to get what they want. As you can expect, it is fun and entertaining.

There are numerous twists and turns that I almost saw coming each time, but just enough was/wasn't shown to where I didn't think too much into it until the events actually happened, and that pleased me.

I enjoyed the two main characters,
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Rachael | Booklist Queen
A con of a lifetime. But who is conning whom?

Nina Ross has the chance for the con of a lifetime. With her Irish boyfriend Lachlan, she travels to Lake Tahoe to scam Vanessa Liebling, a wealthy heiress, out of millions. But it's not all about the money for Nina, though she desperately needs it to pay for her mother's illness. Revenge is also on the table; revenge against the Liebling family who never considered her good enough for their son and drove her family out of town. As both Nina and
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Cat
Mar 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
No one is who they present themselves to be, even to those they supposedly love.
Born and raised a grifter, Nina tells herself she had no choice but to fall into the trade. She learned from the best: her own mother. She met her partner in crime (and in bed), Lachlan through her mother. And she never suspected a thing. She was too busy being jealous of the Liebling family, a rich and powerful dynasty from her youth who ruined hers and her mothers lives. She manifests all her anger towards the
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Karen Kay
I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

"Two wildly different womenone a grifter, the other an heiressare brought together by the scam of a lifetime."

Lots of secrets and even more lies. With alternating chapters between con artist Nina and insecure heiress Vanessa, the story unfolds at a consistent and interesting pace.

4.25☆
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