ARC Review – Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

I received a copy from the lovely Samantha Eades . Thanks Samantha! First of I want to say that I don’t usually read these type of books. I ended up loving it, so I will definitely try to read more books outside of my favourite genre.28016325

Literary Fiction/ Crime & Thriller


A fiercely imagined fiction debut in which two young women face what happened the summer they were twelve, when a handsome stranger abducted them

Everyone thought we were dead. We were missing for nearly two months; we were twelve. What else could they think? –Lois

It’s always been hard to talk about what happened without sounding all melodramatic. . . . Actually, I haven’t mentioned it for years, not to a goddamned person. -Carly May

The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still. Maggie Mitchell’s Pretty Is beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent.


Rating; 4.5 Stars

This book wasn’t what I usually read, but I really enjoyed reading it. The synopsis really grabbed my attention and when I got the book I was reading it immediately.

The story was so intense and I loved it to bits. The part I loved the most was the second part of the book, where there is book-ception! At that point I just couldn’t put it down anymore as I was in need for answers. I wasn’t able to get all of them and that was the only let down at the end of this book.

The characters were really interesting but I was sometimes wondering if they made the right decisions. I did struggle a bit in the beginning that the book was switching from POV’s, but later this was totally fine for me and made me more interested.

I had so much fun and kept wanting to read more and I had a lot of questions about a lot of things. Sadly not all of them got answered, that’s why the ending let me down a bit.

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Overall I really liked it and would recommend it to all of you! Try to read something you don’t usually read, maybe you’ll end up loving it!


Dilara ❤


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