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‘PRETTY THINGS IS AWESOME. SIMPLE AS THAT. I LOVED EVERY PAGE’
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.
It’s Dynasty meets Patricia Highsmith. . . . Duplicity abounds when two messed-up clans collide, and Brown’s final multiple twists are doozies.Washington Post
Pretty Things is awesome. Simple as that. I loved every page. Janelle Brown is your new must-read author.Harlan Coben
I love a good con story – especially when I can’t tell who’s the actual mark and who’s the real con artist. In Janelle Brown’s compulsively readable Pretty Things, the good girls and the bad girls keep switching places in a story that will keep you turning pages till the end. Brown’s latest novel has the same sharp observations that are her trademark-about shifting identities and the secrets we all keep.Attica Locke, author of HEAVEN, MY HOME
Part psychological thriller and part morality tale, Janelle Brown’s Pretty Things is literary suspense at its best. Gorgeous prose, complex characters inhabiting the fascinating worlds of elite Instagram influencers and high-stakes scam artists, a thought-provoking dual narrative, a twisty plot with a shocking, never-saw-that-coming ending – this brilliant novel has it all. I read it in one day in one sitting, mesmerized, and I loved every moment.Angie Kim, bestselling author of MIRACLE CREEK
Full of tantalising twists and shocking deceptions, this is an intelligent commentary that is also deliciously fun to readThe Week
The author leaves no stone unturned in her inquisitive prodding of social media identities, and draws many important questions about perspective. While that alone might be enough to call this book a must- read, it is Nina and Vanessa who make it unforgettable. It is rare for an author to present hero and victim so equally, but here Brown reminds us that we are all complicated, layered and flawed, and the pace at which she reveals her characters’ motives is breakneck and endlessly compellingBookreporter