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Publisher's Summary

Everyone in the village admires Anna because she’s a wonderful mother. Juggling family life with a small sewing business, she’s the one they turn to for a warm hug after a hard day. Her kind, polite daughters are a credit to her - even Bay, her stepdaughter, whom Anna loves as much as her own two girls. 

But normal family life changes overnight when Anna’s middle daughter’s beauty catches the eye of a stranger in a café. As jealousy erupts between the siblings, Anna’s perfect blended family begins to unravel around her. A devastating secret about the dangerous game they played when they were little girls threatens to break the surface - and the bonds of this close-knit family forever....

To save her girls, Anna must rethink everything she ever thought she knew about love, motherhood, and family. She must pick a side, an impossible decision for any mother, but believing the wrong daughter could be fatal. 

Anna has already sacrificed so much for her family, but there are no limits to what a mother will do for her daughters....

The Pretty One is a stunning family drama that explores the dark consequences of sibling rivalry and the heart-wrenching emotional cost of keeping secrets from those you love. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, and My Dark Vanessa. 

©2021 Clare Boyd (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • Ado
  • 2021-04-17

Expect the unexpected!

While this book is not in my opinion a psychological thriller, it was none the less a very good book. It's this kind of book that makes one appreciate and admire the author, narrator etc.

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  • K
  • 2021-03-21

This was an interesting listen but unfortunately

the ending was lacking. It just kind of left me with a feeling of, "is that it?"

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  • Nicola Adams
  • 2022-07-15

Another slam dunk!

Love Clare Boyd’s stories. Her characters are so real and interesting and you feel like you know them! Couldn’t stop listening. Perfect listening for my walks, makes me want to walk more!

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  • Ruth R-Evans
  • 2022-04-07

Families Are All Challenging

Every one has so many challenges in life. So many types, so much trouble, such Love & Joy and so much horror you may Never Know.....Love is Love & true to itself..... follow your own true self!!

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  • Bitten and Seven Are The Best Kitties In Heaven
  • 2021-12-30

Brilliant, Unexpected, Very Original

I almost stopped listening to this book after the first couple of chapters.
It seemed that the story was well on its way to becoming another silly, far fetched, and shallow disappointment.
But I was so intrigued by premise, and because I truly loved the narrator, I stayed with it.
Slowly, layers develop. The characters become multi dimensional. And this book becomes so interesting and one can’t help but wondering where it’s all going.
The location is charming, there are several perspectives, and each is completely valid and relevant in its own way.
I could not believe how good this book got.
I ended up being just completely riveted by this extraordinary and unique read.
Just be patient with it. It will grow on you.
There are segments which are a little triggering but overall this book is well worth getting through those parts because, by the end, I was so glad that I finished it.
Things are so beautifully and artfully wrapped up.
This is a rare treat, a writer who understands how critical it is to bring things full circle and give her readers a totally satisfying finish.
I loved it, even though it’s got a thread of darkness running through. It is purposeful, poignant, and it is totally necessary to bring the story to its conclusion.
I highly recommend this one.
Claire Boyd understands human nature, and she writes descriptively and beautifully.
The narration is excellent, could NOT be better.
This also is such a pleasant surprise.
Excellent, entertaining, and thought provoking.

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  • Chantal
  • 2021-10-02

Just okay.

Maybe my hopes were too high from the other reviews. Slow and uneventful. If you want something that takes little focus then I recommend.