Title: Pretty Things: A Novel
Author: Janelle Brown
Release Date: April 21st 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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 her wily Irish boyfriend, Lachlan. Nina learned from the best: Her mother was the original con artist, hustling to give her daughter a decent childhood despite their wayward life. But when her mom gets sick, Nina puts everything on the line to help her, even if it means running her most audacious, dangerous scam yet.
Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world. Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer—traveling the globe, receiving free clothes and products, and posing for pictures in exotic locales. But behind the covetable façade is a life marked by tragedy. After a broken engagement, Vanessa retreats to her family’s sprawling mountain estate, Stonehaven: a mansion of dark secrets not just from Vanessa’s past, but from that of a lost and troubled girl named Nina.
Nina’s, Vanessa’s, and Lachlan’s paths collide here, on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe, where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge.
This dazzling, twisty, mesmerizing novel showcases acclaimed author Janelle Brown at her best, as two brilliant, damaged women try to survive the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play.
This book wasn’t what I expected. Holy hell it was sensational and thrilling.
The story is told from two points of view, Nina and Vanessa’s. They live completely different lives until they end up crossing paths and their lives are never the same. Secrets, lies and revenge fuel this story and will have you on the edge of your seat! The author’s writing is excellent. I was thoroughly engaged from beginning to end. Although the characters were all great in their own way, I think my favorite character is Nina. Her backstory resonated with me. I finished this book awhile ago but I needed time to process. This book blew me away! This is the first book by this author and it won’t be the last. I was pleasantly surprised and I highly recommend this book! I give this 5 stars.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*