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Everyone in the village admires Anna because she’s a wonderful mother. Juggling family life with a small sewing business, she’s the one they turn to for a warm hug after a hard day. Her kind, polite daughters are a credit to her - even Bay, her stepdaughter, whom Anna loves as much as her own two girls. 

But normal family life changes overnight when Anna’s middle daughter’s beauty catches the eye of a stranger in a café. As jealousy erupts between the siblings, Anna’s perfect blended family begins to unravel around her. A devastating secret about the dangerous game they played when they were little girls threatens to break the surface - and the bonds of this close-knit family forever....

To save her girls, Anna must rethink everything she ever thought she knew about love, motherhood, and family. She must pick a side, an impossible decision for any mother, but believing the wrong daughter could be fatal. 

Anna has already sacrificed so much for her family, but there are no limits to what a mother will do for her daughters....

The Pretty One is a stunning family drama that explores the dark consequences of sibling rivalry and the heart-wrenching emotional cost of keeping secrets from those you love. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, and My Dark Vanessa. 

©2021 Clare Boyd (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Psychological drama

A captivating tale of sibling rivalry. I don't usually enjoy any novels with speech or thoughts from children but this book was different.
Strangely I enjoyed listening to the dark details of the modelling industry, mixed with the exploits of a dysfunctional family.
Perfectly narrated. Thankfully I couldn't relate to the jealousy between Nell and her stepsister but I could see how realistic the relationship was.
There weren't really any twists and turns but the characters were well-crafted and the psychological manipulation of Anna, their mother, was chilling.

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  • 21-03-21

This was an interesting listen but unfortunately

the ending was lacking. It just kind of left me with a feeling of, "is that it?"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-21

Expect the unexpected!

While this book is not in my opinion a psychological thriller, it was none the less a very good book. It's this kind of book that makes one appreciate and admire the author, narrator etc.