Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Maybe it matters which Mary Kubica book you encounter first but I found this one to be lacking compared to <i>Don’t You Cry</i>.  The plot is not as compelling or well-planned and the characters are all unlikable to a degree.  The narrative is told from several perspectives but each chapter is clearly identified and their voices and points of view are distinct.  The story spans just a few days (out of necessity due to the plot) but feels much longer because Kubica’s characters experience significant changes.   In the subge25855515nre of psychological and twisty stories, this is not a standout but a mediocre and disturbing tale of a runaway teenage mother on the streets and the woman who brings her home for reasons from her past that she may not fully appreciate.

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