Pretty Revenge

Gallery: S. & S. Jul. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781982122102. $28; pap. ISBN 9781982110291. $16ebk. ISBN 9781982110307. SUSPENSE
Best-selling author Liebert (Some Women) returns with a peek into the world of New York high-society wedding planning. In this psychological suspense of betrayal and retribution, we are introduced to Kerrie O’Malley and Jordana Pierson, two very different women whose paths crossed during their youth, resulting in long-term consequences for both. Through alternating chapters of first-person narration, Liebert reveals each woman’s backstory, providing insight into the difficult circumstances that resulted in who they have become. Kerrie’s intention of destroying Jordana as revenge for past offenses is immediately disclosed, casting a dark, foreboding atmosphere that builds as Kerrie takes on a new identity and works her way into Jordana’s seemingly perfect life. Liebert’s skillful character development illustrates the complexity of human motivations and encourages sympathy for unlikely characters.
VERDICT Aficionados of the TV show Revenge or those who enjoy contemporary psychological suspense set in an affluent society will want to consider.

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