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Saturday, July 20, 2019

#ATBR2019 Review: Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert @gallerybooks @jessmapreviews

Pretty Revenge 
by Emily Liebert

Thank you Gallery Books for these free copies.

Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: July 2, 2019
320 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Contemporary

Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course—the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.

Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is flourishing. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past.

No one, that is, except Kerrie.

My Review:

"The words listen and silent share all the same letters."

This sentence stood on during my reading of Pretty Revenge.  If we took the time to just stop for a moment and pay attention to what's around us and really listen to things going around us, we might not be so surprised at what is coming our way.

Kerrie/Olivia and Jordan/Jordana come from the same home time but one night causes them to go in separate directions.  While Jordana leads a successful and prominent life in NYC, she still has her own set of problems... but none compared to what Olivia has planned for her.  Revenge is best served cold and Olivia is pure ice.

This is a fun and entertaining ride.  There are several mentions throughout the read where Olivia states how Jordana took everything from her so you're on the edge of your seat for the reveal of what exactly happened to cause this thirst for revenge.  I did find the reveal and the ending to be a bit underwhelming and flat compared to the build up around it.  However, this did not take away from the entertainment value throughout.  Regardless of their very interesting and different characters, you did manage to feel for both of them.  The little bow tie at the end, though I knew was coming, was still a little bit of a *sigh*.... but you can't help but love this book the way you would love that Lifetime movie goodness. 

Take this book with a grain of salt.. on the lip of your margarita glass.. and enjoy the ride.


Jessica's Review:

Ahh yes, back to the thrillers that we all know and love. PRETTY REVENGE by Emily Liebert was a quick moving thriller with just one focus – revenge. Jordana Pierson is a successful wedding planner and is about to take on the Wedding of the Century in Manhattan. Olivia Lewis has just moved to New York and was hired to be Jordana’s assistant. What do these women have in common? Neither of them is who they say they are.

Jordana Pierson, formerly Jordan Butler, came to New York to run from her past and make a better life for herself. No one, not even her husband, knows who is really is. Olivia Lewis, really Kerrie O’Malley, sees Jordana on the news one day talking about her business as a wedding planner for the rich and famous of Manhattan. Only, she knows her as Jordan. Almost two decades ago, she ruined her life and Kerrie wants one thing, to ruin her life like she ruined hers all those years ago. Both women looking dramatically different (Kerrie having received braces and then a nose job after breaking her nose), Kerrie was able to go info her interview without being recognized. So her mission begins.

I loved how simple and straightforward this thriller was. There was one objective and that was good, old-fashioned revenge. We didn’t have crazy weaving stories or multiple twists, it was Olivia and Jordana working together and we got snippets of flashbacks as the story unfolded. The pacing was great and the chapters were short. We alternate between Kerrie (Olivia) and Jordana’s perspectives throughout the book.

If you’re looking for a quick thriller for the summer TBR, then this is the perfect one! You got a really good feel for the characters and were able to relate to them. There is always more than meets the eye, and I think the author did a great job unfolding the story for us. I’ll definitely pick up more from Liebert!

4 stars

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