The Prettiest One Book Review

The Prettiest One Book Review
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Title: The Prettiest One
Author: James Hankins
Published: 2015, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 399
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $5.99 Kindle



Caitlin Sommers has been missing for seven months; her husband is the only person of interest, but there is no evidence against him. One night she finds herself near a warehouse in a car she doesn’t recognize and finds her way home. She has no recollection of the past seven months, but when arriving home, she is covered in blood and is holding a bag containing a bunch of prosthetic hands and a gun. Before calling the authorities, Caitlin wants to find out what happened to her, and asks her husband, Josh, to help her. As she tries to overcome the amnesia that prevents her from remembering what has happened during the months she was missing, she retraces her steps and discovers a whole separate life that she was living without knowledge of the present. Caitlin is convinced that she committed a murder, and as she and Josh investigate, she learns things from her past that she had blocked out of her memory.

In this well-written and fascinating novel, The Prettiest One, author James Hankins tells the story of a mysterious and troubling life that Caitlin doesn’t remember. She and Josh learn things that put them and some new acquaintances in grave danger. The suspense is palpable during the entire novel, and there are surprises at every turn. This is not the regular “amnesia” tale, and there are some interesting psychological things that are happening to Caitlin that seem to be feasible and well-researched. The book will grab readers immediately, and will be very difficult to put down. Things are not as they seem in this novel, and there are some very unsavory characters who are stalking Caitlin because of an incident that happened to her when she was just five years old.

Even though the book is fascinating and is definitely worth reading, there are a couple of issues that are not explained, and they leave the reader in the dark. These are not major issues, and readers will be satisfied when finished, but will be left hanging a little as to whatever happened to the other victims who were with Caitlin when she was five.

The bottom line is that this is a very enjoyable novel; it’s fast moving, well-written, and unique. Thriller lovers will want to put this title on their must-read list.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this novel.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
The Prettiest One: A Thriller, Paperback
The Prettiest One: A Thriller, Kindle





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