A fiercely inspired fiction debut in which two young women - an actress and an academic - face what really happened the summer they were 12, when a handsome stranger abducted them.
"Everyone thought we were dead. We were missing for nearly two months; we were 12. 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)
When precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were 12 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 20 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.
Pretty Is beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime-story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent.
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The complexity of the characters and the beautifully written layers of the story.
When the women meet decades later and finally talk about the abduction. The tension was palpable yet sometimes unexpected.
Two things. One. having the 2 women read gave Lois and Chloe such distinct voices. Two. I read the book first and have a tendency to race through sections when I get excited by a part in a book. Listening to a book doesn't allow that and I listened to every word unfold like it's meant to. Tavia and Nicol brought Lois and Chloe to life and gave me a deeper understanding of their characters and the book.
Not fair to only let me pick one!!! Zed. I find myself wanting to get a few answers for Lois and Chloe.
Absolutely an intriguing book that took the harder course and showed how damaging living under the threat of danger can be, even if no overt violence occurs. The book explores how confusing and haunting those 6 weeks in a cabin still were decades later to the 2 young women who lived through them. Exceptional writing and insight. Well done
- Kim Marie
Found the story a little confusing
The story lacked substance. The kidnapping never drew a real conclusion and the story felt the same.