Today for my last review of 2019, I am thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna. This was released on the 24th of September published by Sphere Books.
Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna
Release Date: 24th of September
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 336 pages
Why would four women confess to the same murder?
At the luxurious Serenity Resort on the Californian coast, guests arrive ready to celebrate the wedding of the year. But things are about to go horribly wrong . . .
Among them are four brilliant women, close friends of the bride. Each harbours a secret she’d do anything to protect.
Just twenty-four hours later, a man is found dead at the hotel. In the ensuing investigation, each of these women confess to the crime, insisting they acted alone.
The police know they’re lying, but why?
Only they know the answer.
And they’re not telling…
What drew me to Pretty Guilty Women firstly was the tagline Why would four women confess to the same murder? How intriguing is that! I then read the blurb and knew that this book was for me. Full of suspense, drama, lies and deceit concluding with a great twist, this is everything I love in a mystery and more.
Gina has crafted a plot that had me hooked as I was taken on a journey into the lives of one time college friends Kate, Ginger, and Emily who are reunited for the wedding of their friend Whitney, although reluctantly. Coming together causes some past issues between the women to resurface, but when one of the guests is murdered, the women band together where each one confesses to the crime to protect the real killer.
I enjoyed the characters in the story which I found were a good mix of likeable and unlikeable ones and was intrigued by their backgrounds. Gina does a really good job in giving the reader detailed insight into each one and how there lives have changed, some as not expected, since their college days. Each one is very well developed and they all are believable in the roles that they play.
A new author to me, I enjoyed Gina’s writing style and how this book was structured via different points of view with police interviews interwoven within the chapters which I thought was a great touch. Although at times I felt that the story could have moved at a quicker pace, this is still an enjoyable, entertaining and worthwhile read to lose yourself in.
It was a pleasure to be able to read and review Pretty Guilty Women which I recommend.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Gina LaManna and TBConFB for the free copy of Pretty Guilty Women on ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Lets Get to Know Gina LaManna
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. At the moment she lives nine blocks from the beach and sometimes runs marathons. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She has one imaginary dog.
Gina also writes the Mini Pie the Spy! books, under pen name, Libby LaManna, a children’s series featuring an over-enthusiastic little detective, similar in style to Junie B. Jones.
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