It's Dynasty meets Patricia Highsmith. . . . Duplicity abounds when two messed-up clans collide, and Brown's final multiple twists are doozies.
I love a good con story - especially when I can't tell who's the actual mark and who's the real con artist. In Janelle Brown's compulsively readable Pretty Things, the good girls and the bad girls keep switching places in a story that will keep you turning pages till the end. Brown's latest novel has the same sharp observations that are her trademark-about shifting identities and the secrets we all keep.
Part psychological thriller and part morality tale, Janelle Brown's Pretty Things is literary suspense at its best. Gorgeous prose, complex characters inhabiting the fascinating worlds of elite Instagram influencers and high-stakes scam artists, a thought-provoking dual narrative, a twisty plot with a shocking, never-saw-that-coming ending - this brilliant novel has it all. I read it in one day in one sitting, mesmerized, and I loved every moment.
Pretty Things is awesome. Simple as that. I loved every page. Janelle Brown is your new must-read author.
Full of tantalising twists and shocking deceptions, this is an intelligent commentary that is also deliciously fun to read
The author leaves no stone unturned in her inquisitive prodding of social media identities, and draws many important questions about perspective. While that alone might be enough to call this book a must- read, it is Nina and Vanessa who make it unforgettable. It is rare for an author to present hero and victim so equally, but here Brown reminds us that we are all complicated, layered and flawed, and the pace at which she reveals her characters' motives is breakneck and endlessly compelling
With flawless suspense, masterly storytelling, and a plot that hits all the notes of our Instagram world perfectly, this novel is a must- read
Hungry, sexy, and packed with twists, this latest novel from Janelle Brown exposes what's hidden behind the stone walls of the elite's mansions and the slick facades of con artists' scams. Money, family, and Instagram collide to make a book you won't be able to put down
A can't- look- away story of and for our generation, Pretty Things combines a spellbinding setting with dark, slippery secrets to expose what we've always known - or maybe just hoped - to be true about the gilded lives presented in our social media feeds. Janelle Brown is a literary powerhouse
I drank down Janelle Brown's Pretty Things in one greedy gulp, speeding through the pages even as the sharp, insightful writing made me feel compassion for each narrator . . . Mesmerizing, provocative, surprising and thoughtful - a must-read
A gorgeously atmospheric and wild pas de deux between a grifter and an heiress Instagram influencer set on Lake Tahoe