Happy publication day to Gina LaManna for the bookish birth of Pretty Guilty Women that is out in e-book tomorrow, such a great thriller-ish read that you can sink your teeth into. Thank – you to Lucy Dauman at Little Brown UK for sending me a pre-release copy of this beaut to review. You can grab your own kindle copy here. This newly released read will tickle the pickle of Liane Moriarty, it’s also present within the amazon charts for women’s psychological fiction, women’s detective fiction and psychological humour. This isn’t Gina’s first book rodeo but it’s the first one I’ve read and I would 100% read her future releases.
Originally from St Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles
home. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realised multiple choice tests were ‘just not for her’ and began writing books instead. She has previously self-published cosy mysteries and hit the USA TODAY list twice.
At the luxurious Serenity Resort on the Californian coast, guests arrive ready to celebrate the Banks wedding. But things are about to go horribly wrong . . .
Ginger is an overworked mother of three who’s barely holding it together.
Lulu is filthy rich with four ex-husbands, and a fifth one on the way.
Emily harbours a dark secret, which she’s become expert at forgetting with a bottle of wine.
Kate is a lawyer with her life in order – except for one little problem that even she can’t fix.
Only 24 hours after they arrive a man is found murdered. Each of these women confess to the crime, insisting they acted alone.
Why did they do this? Only they know the answer – and they’re not telling.
The line says it all ‘One murder, four confessions, every word a lie’ the four women, three old best friends and a newbie friend attend a wedding in a high class resort, but what happens when a murder has happened and they are all suspects? You’re immediately washed onto a beach of lies and conspiracy – two of the perfectly delicious ingredients of a moreish mystery type detective thriller.
The style of Pretty Guilty Women is a cleverly penned one, the storyline is written through the eyes of multiple characters; including Ginger and Kate. I felt by writing the narrative in this fashion, not only is the tension amongst the group of friends developed but also the individual personalities of the characters shine through. For example, Emily is the darkest horse of the four women, she obviously possesses a lot of pain in her heart which gets crumb fed to the reader in a suspense filled manner. Pretty Guilty Women is a well written novel that is extremely character driven, which works unbelievably well, especially as you get to see what makes each individual tick. I also enjoyed the inclusion of police questioning in the form of interview transcripts, not only with the four women themselves but with possible witnesses to the murder.
The dialogue contained traces of humour, as well as true to life issues including motherhood, domestic violence and infertility, they were entwined and constructed within each character developments cleverly – without feeling forged. I was addicted to this novel and begun to fly through it as soon as I heard its *thump* on my welcome mat, a mystery that leaves a Hansel and Gretel trail of secrets and lies, just brilliant. I didn’t think that Pretty Guilty Women was a thriller as such, but a suspense driven murder mystery, with some unexpected twists and some personal sustenance for shock value instead of gore. Really well executed and I can’t wait to read Gina’s next book.
Is Pretty Guilty Women on your TBR or even your TBR radar? It’s the perfect just getting into Autumn read! Get it!