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Pretty Things I watch, I wait And then, when the opportunity arises, I take.The intriguing premise, along with the attention grabbing opening penned by Janelle Brown, conned me into thinking this book was something it s clearly not Her words engaging enough to string me along for the arduous trek laid out across 496 pages The occasional hint lending itself to a satisfying payoff to come As if Brown and her publisher managed to pull off a muchsuccessful con job with the marketing of this novel th I watch, I wait And then, when the opportunity arises, I take.The intriguing premise, along with the attention grabbing opening penned by Janelle Brown, conned me into thinking this book was something it s clearly not Her words engaging enough to string me along for the arduous trek laid out across 496 pages The occasional hint lending itself to a satisfying payoff to come As if Brown and her publisher managed to pull off a muchsuccessful con job with the marketing of this novel than Nina s pitiful heist touted in the synopsis Readers meet Nina all glammed up and mid scam At one time, she had dreams of beingthan a grifter like her mother Those optimist notions long gone, and with no other way to pay the bills, Nina dons her mom s title thief Nina and her casual boyfriend, Lachlan, survive by stealing antiques and other valuables from unsuspecting Instagram flaunters Until the day a dreaded knock on her door drives them out of L.A for the foreseeable future.From this point, the setting, feel, and entire trajectory of the novel shifts And not for the better With one final scam in mind, Nina returns to Lake Tahoe and the dreary Stonehaven mansion after twelve long years away The grand plan is to rent the antique riddled guest cottage on the Stonehaven property All in the hopes they can gain access to the main house and the safe hidden somewhere within the expansive floor plan Lachlan now Michael plays the part of a writer looking to pen his next masterpiece, while Nina now Ashley puts her yoga skills and need for zen on display And this is where Vanessa comes in Vapid, Instagram influencer, Vanessa makes the return to her wealthy family s Lake Tahoe mansion after an awakening of sorts Following the death of her father and the rescinding of her fianc s proposal, Vanessa ghosts her dwindling followers for a time, in search of a life withmeaning Or so she says Desperate for attention and love, Vanessa finds herself enchanted with her guests, Michael and Ashley No doubt, onethan the other Little does she know, Ashley was once her troubled younger brother s girlfriend, Nina.There are some poignant moments of clarity where the author s writing shines, but for the most part, the happenings here are not enough to overcome the wordy and overly detailed delivery The majority of the novel is bogged down by internal monologues, repetition courtesy of the dual perspectives, and incessant descriptions of Stonehaven Which quickly veers into boring territory Out of sheer curiosity, I took it upon myself to check, and Stonehaven is mentioned 179 times throughout the book Overkill, in any situation, I d say Regardless of what the synopsis alludes to, at its core, this book is a slow burning character study Not the fast paced thrill ride that Nina s first few chapters promise Purely a nod to Brown s cleverly worded passages throughout this lackluster novel, I m considering checking out some of her earlier work A concession not typically made for experiences I rate this lowThank you to Random House for providing early access in exchange for my honest thoughts. Two wildly different women one a grifter, the other an heiress are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a page turner from the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me DisappearNina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career When that dream crashed, she turned to stealing from rich kids in LA alongside her wily Irish boyfriend, Lachlan Nina learned from the best Her mother was the original con artist, hustling to give her daughter a decent childhood despite their wayward life But when her mom gets sick, Nina puts everything on the line to help her, even if it means running her most audacious, dangerous scam yet Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer traveling the globe, receiving free clothes and products, and posing for pictures in exotic locales But behind the covetable fa ade is a life marked by tragedy After a broken engagement, Vanessa retreats to her family s sprawling mountain estate, Stonehaven a mansion of dark secrets not just from Vanessa s past, but from that of a lost and troubled girl named Nina Nina s, Vanessa s, and Lachlan s paths collide here, on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe, where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge This dazzling, twisty, mesmerizing novel showcases acclaimed author Janelle Brown at her best, as two brilliant, damaged women try to survive the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play 3.5 starsNew money, suit and tieI can read you like a magazineAin t it funny Rumors flyAnd I know you heard about meSo hey, let s be friendsI m dyin to see how this one endsGrab your passport and my handI can make the bad guys good for a weekendTaylor SwiftNina and her boyfriend Lachlan are grifters, Vanessa is an heiress and their worlds collide in Lake Tahoe Nina grew up moving constantly as her Mother followed Marks and did whatever she could to support them Nina tried to have a 9 to 5 3.5 starsNew money, suit and tieI can read you like a magazineAin t it funny Rumors flyAnd I know you heard about meSo hey, let s be friendsI m dyin to see how this one endsGrab your passport and my handI can make the bad guys good for a weekendTaylor SwiftNina and her boyfriend Lachlan are grifters, Vanessa is an heiress and their worlds collide in Lake Tahoe Nina grew up moving constantly as her Mother followed Marks and did whatever she could to support them Nina tried to have a 9 to 5 job using her Liberal Arts degree but when her Mother s mounting medical bills begin to pile up, Nina teamed up with Lachlan, an acquaintance of her Mother s, for a few cons before deciding con a mark in Lake Tahoe that they both believe will provide a HUGE payoff Vanessa is an heiress who is also an Instagram Influencer She travels the globe, wears pretty clothes and has a glamorous life that is posted for the world to see and comment onthere are only so many hours in the day that one can read before one starts to feel like one s mind is literally melting inside one s skull I m going to have to disagree with the above quote and add that maybe if the characters in this book spenttime, say reading, then they would not be dealing with the stuff they are dealing with.but I digressThe first half of this book was a slow burn for me Lately I have been reading books that don t really grab me until the 50% mark which is exactly what this book did Slow burn then BAM things began to get interesting very interesting There are a nice amount of twists and turns thrown in at the end This is a long book and I might have enjoyed ithad it been a little quicker to grab me and not quite so long But overall, I found this to be an enjoyable ride as the Con and the Mark both prove to be worthy adversaries.Slow burn which turned the tables fast, became quite intriguing and had me turning those pages lightening fast at the end to see how this book would wrap up I received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Traveling Sisters Group read DNF The opening character has great depth The conflict is firmly set in the first forty pages There is backstory done in flashback that stops the forward motion of the story, but the author motivates it so well I wanted to find out what happened and didn t mind the detour in this first section.Then about page two hundred the author dumped me out of the story Probably sooner but I held on hoping it would get better I loved the opening point of view character and the set up to the story so DNF The opening character has great depth The conflict is firmly set in the first forty pages There is backstory done in flashback that stops the forward motion of the story, but the author motivates it so well I wanted to find out what happened and didn t mind the detour in this first section.Then about page two hundred the author dumped me out of the story Probably sooner but I held on hoping it would get better I loved the opening point of view character and the set up to the story so well done There is a shift to a second point of view character whom I could not stand She is narcissistic, and self serving and always looking down her nose at everyone This section is also backstory that is told instead of shown, it completely stopped the forward motion of the story And if you can excise a section of the book and the story can still stand on its own then that section shouldn t be in the book This is a littlecritical review than I normally write but I had such high hopes for this story 3.5 stars round up to 4This cover is gorgeous I must admit that is what initially drew me to this book This book started out really strong the first couple of chapters I defiantly was drawn right in as Nina seemed to be a hardcore player in this game she was playing stealing from the wealthy Then we seem to hit a speed bump and stay in low gear until about the 65% point in the book I actually considered setting this book aside right before it picked up Then we flew into high gear again a 3.5 stars round up to 4This cover is gorgeous I must admit that is what initially drew me to this book This book started out really strong the first couple of chapters I defiantly was drawn right in as Nina seemed to be a hardcore player in this game she was playing stealing from the wealthy Then we seem to hit a speed bump and stay in low gear until about the 65% point in the book I actually considered setting this book aside right before it picked up Then we flew into high gear again and I was thinking well this is what I wanted from page one A great deal of the book is spent highly developing the two main characters Nina and Vanessa Vanessa is a wealthy, Instagram it girl who is famous for well nothingyou know the type.Then we have NinaNina is a con artist She learned from the bestdear old mom When her mom no longer can hustle people due to her cancer diagnosis, Nina steps in Like mother, like daughter right We get a full look at Nina s background and we see that if Nina had not made one little mistake, her life might have turned out quite differentlyor would it That is the million dollar question What we do know is that after 12 years, Nina wants to settle the score This book was just a tad too long and too slow of a burn for me However I did enjoy it, I was just glad that it picked up speed towards the ending There were several twists towards the end some I saw coming and some I did not Overall I enjoyed this book but it didn t have me floored or speechless at the end I think someone that doesn t read as many thrillers as I do may rate this quite a bit higher I was just looking for a bitaction.Thank you so much to Random House for this ARC Audiobook narrated by JuliaWhelan, Lauren Fortgang, and Hillary Huber I ended up LOVING IT I know there are low review the biggest beef of being too long I didn t mind I enjoyed many most of the life descriptions..It turned into a perfect meditative walking companion a con artist entrepreneur I LIKE Audiobook narrated by JuliaWhelan, Lauren Fortgang, and Hillary Huber I ended up LOVING IT I know there are low review the biggest beef of being too long I didn t mind I enjoyed many most of the life descriptions..It turned into a perfect meditative walking companion pool soaking intrigue book buddy Nina Ross, didn t always want to be a con artist She learned her thievery skills through osmosis and mostly from observing her mother, Lily a con artist entrepreneur I LIKED THIS CRIMINAL I loved her back story her character development and interactions with others I can t wait to see who plays her character when this book comes to screen Nina never wanted to be a grifter or social media follower , but life threw her a curveball her mother s cancer returned and the medical bills were astronomical so Nina forms an alliance with Lachlan a slimy, shallow, pathetic Irish immigrant , to pull off one last big job to outwit heiress Vanessa Liebling But before she does she has rendezvous connection with BENNY another character favorite but it ends BADBenny s dad called Nina a nobody.disposable nobody The slime ball daddy kicked Nina out of Benny s bed pulled her out by the arm naked and says get out and never return I didn t think Nina was a nobody but, I did wonder if things would change when I got to the end.This book was just enough thriller without being thriller driven.instead I was organically curious without having my attention on the ending too much I enjoyed the entire process of unfolding And I enjoyed the ending shhhhh we cant spill the beans, now can we Vanessa Liebling, was the heir to Stonehaven an old, creepy, large mansion in Lake Tahoe Vanessa was a college dropout, but a popular social media internet influencer She was a complex interesting unlikable character but interesting She herself felt hollow and shallow inside but her PRETTY THINGS and SOCIAL MEDIA facade worked well for her She got to fool herself and liked fooling herself From being a rich daddy s girl with lots of pretty clothes, stilettos, and accessories she faces the loss of her father, a broken relationship, and financial capital losses around the same time This makes herinteresting and I give her a little bonus point although she was self centered and snobby she sincerely loved her younger brother Benny.Paths are crossed between Nina and VanessaBackground stories give us a greater understanding from the different worlds they grew up in my favorite backstory was between Nina and her first boyfriend name Benny Vanessa s sister The connections are complex entanglementsI also enjoyed the relationship between Nina and her mother, Lily Their love was solid regardless of their crimes and dysfunction Another book that screams to be seen on screen and its coming Nicole Kidman will be producingSocial media, partners in crime, greed, family, legacy,backstabbing, lies, deceitfulness, unreliable flawed characters, a creepy old mansion Stonehavenin Lake Tahoe, Pacific Heights in San Francisco, antiques, twists and surprises..make up this psychological suspenseful, character driven, atmospheric dramatic thriller light novel Great walking audiobook companion..scheming entertaining Should make for a great Netflix series I liked it I really really liked it Loved it as an Audiobook Janelle Brown joined us for a spoiler free Q A in our Behind the Pages Goodreads group and shared some insight to her writing process and the characters in this story You can find the thread here is working her most dangerous scam here and Vanessa, an heiress, is her mark They are two very different women who have something in common and things are not so pretty here for them They are not very likable at all, but each had an interesting back stor Janelle Brown joined us for a spoiler free Q A in our Behind the Pages Goodreads group and shared some insight to her writing process and the characters in this story You can find the thread here is working her most dangerous scam here and Vanessa, an heiress, is her mark They are two very different women who have something in common and things are not so pretty here for them They are not very likable at all, but each had an interesting back story to them, that had me feeling a bit of sympathy for them both The pace was slow for me in parts and then fast in other parts At times some parts of the story felt like those packing peanuts that are used for filler and surround that anticipated package you are waiting for You have to weed through some filler to get to the good stuff and that weighted down the story for me I think that is where Norma and I went in different directions with not sure what was a clue or important to the story or not, or maybe were red herrings to throw us off The thing I loved about the story the most was Vanessa s connection to her brother Benny, and I would have liked him to have filled up some of that filler space instead of what felt like packing peanuts to me There are some surprising twists here, some interesting ones and some that I figured out along the way Overall I was entertained by them all, and in the end, it s all about the good stuff, and I like the way the story wrapped up, and it all worked for me I received a copy from the publisher on NetGalley I rarely award commercial fiction with five stars This is a notable exception Pretty clothes, shoes, jewelry, hair, make up, and glamourous photo shoot locations epitomize the life of a young heiress But, living your life online is not very pretty particularly when you need to be validated by virtual strangers The vapid superficiality of being an internet influencer becomes apparent after a broken engagement which sends the heiress scuttling back to her family s antique stuffed Lake Tahoe pi I rarely award commercial fiction with five stars This is a notable exception Pretty clothes, shoes, jewelry, hair, make up, and glamourous photo shoot locations epitomize the life of a young heiress But, living your life online is not very pretty particularly when you need to be validated by virtual strangers The vapid superficiality of being an internet influencer becomes apparent after a broken engagement which sends the heiress scuttling back to her family s antique stuffed Lake Tahoe pile Enter another young woman and her sketchy boyfriend whose life hasn t panned out as she had hoped and the scene is set for a con job promising a big payout This is a thriller containing commentary about social media, mental illness, and the disparity between the haves and the have nots Unexpected and unexpectedly believable Stunning cover, twisty, and clever The cover of PRETTY THINGS by JANELLE BROWN is initially what attracted me to read this book, isn t it pretty JANELLE BROWN delivers a slow burning, character driven, compelling, and well written read here that really intrigued, engaged, and entertained me It was a little bit slow going at times but the author s fabulous writing definitely captured my attention and drew me right in keeping me fully absorbed in this deceitful and cunning tale Plus there were Stunning cover, twisty, and clever The cover of PRETTY THINGS by JANELLE BROWN is initially what attracted me to read this book, isn t it pretty JANELLE BROWN delivers a slow burning, character driven, compelling, and well written read here that really intrigued, engaged, and entertained me It was a little bit slow going at times but the author s fabulous writing definitely captured my attention and drew me right in keeping me fully absorbed in this deceitful and cunning tale Plus there were some pretty surprising and thrilling reveals that definitely got my adrenaline pumping moving this story forward for me.The story is told in alternating perspectives between our two main sinister characters here, Nina our con artist and Vanessa an Instagram influencer The connections and dynamics between these two women really surprised, intrigued captivated me I never really knew who to trust or believe Each of these women brought their own unique and distinct voice to the narrative which I was equally invested in I was really surprised with the direction this book took and had me questioning multiple plot points in the end.I m not sure if my perception of what was going on in the end with a certain character was all wrong or if my deliberations were correct I can hardly believe that I am saying this because I am not a deep reader at all, I msurface but this one totally had me digging deep and discussing it in our Traveling Sisters group Brenda thinks I was overthinking things I d love to have a conversation with the author Update So I had a conversation with the author and while she said that I made an interesting case I was overthinking things a little bit LOLExpected Publication Date April 21 20 This was a Traveling Sister read Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Janelle Brown for an electronic ARC Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestYou all know that I don t give books five star ratings unless I really, really loved it PRETTY THINGS wrested all five of those stars from my miserly fingers, kicking and screaming like a woman in a bar fight telling you to lay off her man The title is really clever because while one of the heroines there are two makes it her business to steal pretty things, both of them are pretty things young woman who, in their own way, have Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestYou all know that I don t give books five star ratings unless I really, really loved it PRETTY THINGS wrested all five of those stars from my miserly fingers, kicking and screaming like a woman in a bar fight telling you to lay off her man The title is really clever because while one of the heroines there are two makes it her business to steal pretty things, both of them are pretty things young woman who, in their own way, have been done dirty by society and are trying to find their way back.Our first heroine is Nina, the daughter of a con artist and a bit of a con herself With the help of a much older boyfriend, she runs her own version of THE BLING RING she uses Instagram to see which local minor celebrities are flashing cash, and then she worms her way into their lives and robs them Her latest target is a woman named Vanessa who comes from old money, but acts like your typical nouveau riche influencer jet setter, vapid, and shallow, and utterly materialistic Which is annoying, of course, but Nina s interest is muchshall we say personal.Vanessa, as I said before, comes from money, butmoney meansproblems Vanessa has a lot of problems Messed up family, all kinds of personal issues, and an almost pathological desire to be adored She s tried to fill that void with all sorts of things and the young married couple who comes to rent her summer cabin artsy and bohemian in a sanitized, clean way that is very much non threatening to her aristobrat aesthetic seems like it might be just the thing.But it s not And just when you start to think you have everything figured out, Janelle Brown throws curveball after curveball in your direction until you can t help but wonder who s conning who So obviously I loved this book Any book that reminds me of Gillian Flynn is a clear win, and Janelle Brown s morally gray protagonists are some of the clearest parallels I ve encountered in a while They were both doing very bad things, but you could totally understand where they were coming from and why they were doing the things they were doing, even if you didn t agree The writing is absolutely gorgeous and I felt like each woman stood out as a separate entity, whereas far too often in multi POV stories, they end up sounding like facsimiles of the same individual i.e the authorYou know it s going to be an intense story from the very beginning it literally opens up with a body in the lake but honestly, despite having read hundreds of mysteries in my thirty so years of being, I didn t know what was going to happen in the book until the very end And that was a delight I love being surprised I love it evenif it doesn t feel like a cheap out to make me feel surprised Anyone who likes morally gray protagonists or Gillian Flynn is going to love this book I would definitely readfrom this author in a heartbeat, especially if she writespoor little rich girl stories about elite drama and dirty family secrets Please, and thank you Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 5 stars


About the Author: Janelle Brown

Welcome to my home on Goodreads.A little about me I m the author of the novels PRETTY THINGS, WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE My books have been New York Times bestsellers and published in a dozen countries around the world My books tend to be page turners with dysfunctional family relationships at their hearts while my first two books weresatirical, my latest two are suspense I m also very much a California writer, and my books are set across the state I m always happy to answer questions here, but you can also find me on Facebook and Twitter and if you visit you can also sign up for my newsletter.I ve known I wanted to be a novelist ever since I was in first grade, when my teacher looked at the whimsical little books I liked to make and the pile of books I checked out of the school library every week and said that I could be an author when I grew up I took her suggestion to heart.It took me several decades to get to novel writing, though I first started off as an essayist and journalist, writing for Wired and Salon in San Francisco, during the dotcom boom years In the 1990 s, I was also the editor and co founder of Maxi, an irreverent and now, long gone women s pop culture magazine My writing has also appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications I ve spent the fifteen years working on my novels, writing the occasional essay, and living in Los Angeles with my husband and two children.


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