Tuesday, March 15, 2011

(33)So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman

So Much Pretty is one of those novels that you are going to be hearing about for a long time to come. Book clubs are going to be discussing it for a long time to come, too.

At the heart of this story is three women. Stacey Flynn is a small time reporter in a small New York town looking to find THE big story. Wendy White is a waitress in town who went missing. Her body shows up five months later in a ditch outside of town. Alice Piper is the daughter of two New York City refugees, a stand-out genius who observes the people of Haeden with a reporters eye. Her precocious observations end up changing the dynamics in the town in a way like no other. As the story progresses to it's explosive climax we see how the three women are connected.

So Much Pretty is an environmental, psychological thriller like no other. I was just puttering along, multi-tasking as I was reading (like I often do)until a certain event caught my eye and garnered my undivided attention. The timeline of this novel jumps around a bit, but the way it is pieced together works. It gives you a clear understanding of the
leading characters. Over all it is a great book. One that will generate a lot of discussion amongst those who read it.

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