Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on September 3, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 336
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Four Women. Four Confessions. One Murder.
Something has gone terribly wrong at the Banks wedding. A man is dead. Four different women rush to offer confessions, each insisting that they committed the crime — alone.
Ginger is holding her family together by a thread, and this wedding weekend is not the fabulous getaway she anticipated.
Kate has enough money to buy her way out of anything. Well, almost anything.
Emily can’t shake her reputation or her memories, and she’s planning to drown this whole vacation in a bottle.
Lulu’s got ex-husbands to spare, and another on the way — as soon as she figures out what the devil the current husband is up to behind her back.
Why would they confess to the same murder? Only they know — and they’re not telling. This page-turning novel explores the depths of friendship and the truths we love to ignore.
Pretty Guilty Women was an entertaining mystery/thriller that was a lot of fun to read!
The premise for this book serves as an intriguing hook: four different women confess to killing the same man and say that no one else was involved in the murder. The question is, why? This story is told through the perspectives of each of these four women, interspersed with interviews the detective on the case has with various suspects and witnesses. And this structure, along with short chapters, works well here to add suspense and keep the reader’s attention.
Pretty Guilty Women is definitely what I consider a plot driven novel. Although the characters all have backstories, their own agendas, and growth, it is the action that moves the story forward. That being said, both the drama and the characters quirks feel both exaggerated and a bit stereotypical at the same time, something akin to watching a Lifetime movie. Which sometimes is exactly what the type of book you need, easy to read and enjoyable without requiring extra thought.
All in all, Pretty Guilty Women was the right book at the right time for me. I don’t think I’ll pick it up again for a reread but I would be interested in checking out other books by Gina LaManna.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.