Pretty Dolls and Hand Grenadesby Cara Reinard
Getting revenge on her husband for his
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Thirty-something, Cecelia Laramie, strives for excellence like the other housewives in her quiet suburban neighborhood. Cece's a bit eccentric with her elaborate doll collection and bouts of OCD, so when she finds out her well-to-do husband is misbehaving, she decides to nip it in the bud--with a baseball bat.
Getting revenge on her husband for his indiscretions becomes Cece's newest obsession, but when another jilted housewife joins her cause, things go awry. Cece's cutthroat accomplice pushes her to commit crimes throughout Manhattan, sabotaging her husband's real estate business. When her counterpart introduces deadly weapons into the mix, Cece knows she's in over her head.
Cece's a bundle of nerves; she's a housewife, not a terrorist. Her new partner is nothing but trouble, but if the mysterious woman can help her reclaim her old life, Cece's in. She just hopes their crazy antics don't land her a spot in prison first.
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Oh me, oh my. This story is genius! I will admit that when I first started, I was a little concerned. It was a little slow and I despised the characters. Cece was a rich b-word who felt that everything and everyone deserved to cater to her. She was a “stay at home mom” who was really missing out on the ‘mom’ part of the job. Mitchell was just a down right jerk who became an even bigger jerk. I guess you could say I’m a little evil inside because even at the end, he was still a jerk who got what he deserved. (And no, I am not going to tell you what that what is.) At some point, my perception of Cece changed and I felt sorry for her. And when the real twist came – oh, I loved it! Seriously a genius story line with a twist that I did not see coming. I will admit, I had a fraction – a very small fraction – correct, but never in a million years would have seen this coming! I highly recommend picking up this book if you enjoy a little trouble and suspense!
“Pretty Dolls and Hand Grenades” is one of the catchiest titles that I’ve read in a long time and immediately made me curious to know what this book was about. And what I found as I started reading, really got me hooked from the beginning. In it, we get a first person view of Cece Laramie, who is obsessed with dollhouses and dolls, and lives in New Jersey with a seemingly perfect husband. That is, until she discovers that he has been up to some mischief. Having bouts of OCD, her obsession shifts from dollhouses to revenge on her husband but as she goes about putting her plan into action, another housewife joins her and slowly pushes her towards a path of destruction that quickly gets out of control. The book is a thrilling ride, and I loved how both the story and the characters are developed. We truly get into Cece’s head and understand everything she is going through, both present and past.
Cecelia Laramie is married to Mitchell. a prominent real estate agent. With 2 children and a case of OCD, CeCe's role as loved wife became challenged when she learned of her husband's infidelity the night she goes out with the aim of completing her doll collection. In between bouts of medical and family issues and her OCD flare ups, CeCe is planning to get even for what her husband is doing to her and continuing to play the doting wife and mother. Teaming up with a fellow shunned wife, Cece needs to tough it out and execute plans of sabotage in order to get her husband back. This story is deliciously dramatic with brilliant plans that need to be executed in order for everything to work out for Cece. Cara Reinard, this book is the bomb!
This is one of those books that starts out slow and picks up momentum as you go--and once it takes off--WOW. Cecelia has the perfect life--a beautiful home, a husband who makes a lot of money and two children. Okay, so the kids have their problems--major ones but nothing we all do not see. The daughter is anorexic because she wants to be a model and the son--well he is the proverbial teenager hiding behind his video games. She also has lots of friends just like her. Of course Cecelia does have one slight idiosyncrasy--she like to collect dolls--VERY VERY expensive dolls--but her husband can afford it-right? Well--her husband does complain about her spending so she hides a lot from him-until the credit card appears in his hands for payment. Then the fateful night at an awards ceremony when hubby thanks his assistant and not Cecelia for helping him. Everybody notices-she is mortified and angry! A strange woman appears in the ladies room and keeps appearing throughout the rest of the book. She convinces Cecelia to do things that will ruin her almost ex (yeah-they almost get divorced). Her friends are avoiding her and her husband is not making any money thanks to the plans this woman concocts to get revenge. Pretty nasty stuff let me tell you!! The ending will make you gasp when you find out who that strange woman is--what a magnificent twist!!
Oh my god! What a book! I read this in a day as I just could not stop, I had to know what was going to happen. I don't know where to start as I don't want to give to much away. CeCe has everything - money, a beautiful home, a hard-working husband and friends aplenty and a very expensive hobby - she collects Dolls. Then in a blink it all comes crashing down around her when she discovers her husband having an affair with his younger assistant. Cliché to say the least, but this book is anything but a cliché! She does some digging into his mistress Kate and discovers it has been going on a lot longer than she had thought, and that he was paying rent on a brownstone in the city for well over a year! She also meets another woman called Dinah who in a similar situation and teams up with her. Intent on getting revenge what CeCe does throughout this story will have you on the edge of your seat. This is one of those books that starts off slow then bam hits you with a plot line you wouldn't see coming in a million years! 5 stars without a doubt.
Cece lived the life of a high class socialite. With two kids, a well-to-do husband, and a dream home, from afar she had the perfect life. But in truth, she had inherited the OCD gene from her obsessed mother, and she drove her family crazy. When she discovers that her husband is having an affair, she feels she has lost control of her life, and begins a downward spiral of obsession fueled by revenge. On one hand, I felt sorry for Cece. On the other hand, I felt she was too self-centered for me to pity her predicament. I can’t say too much without giving out spoilers, but this read will take you on a quirky adventure that you won’t see coming. The characters all are pretty shallow but you can’t help but cheer them on. I have to say that I did see the end coming, but it was still satisfying nonetheless.
This domestic thriller debut by Cara Reinard caught my attention from the get-go. CeCe Laramie, a pampered doll collector, who’s set aside her own aspirations to pour her all into her family and kids, finds out her husband has a secret. What she does next will suck you into a web of deceit, cheating, and revenge that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I could not put the book down. Fans of GONE GIRL will love DOLLS! The main character has her flaws like every authentic protagonist does (in CeCe's case, it's OCD, perfectionism, narcism), but despite all of that, you will find yourself rooting for her and empathizing when find out why she is the way she is. All she wants is to keep her family together, but to what lengths will she go to achieve that? Great fast pace the whole way! There’s a sequel coming too! I can't wait to check it out.
The title of this book intrigued me but other than that I had no idea what it was going to be like. CeCe is your typical rich mum living off her husband Mitchell’s salary, lives in a grand house has two teenagers and spends her days shopping, ferrying the kids to school and their social clubs, coffee with the girls and collecting dolls. So how can this fill a whole book you say! On the surface it all appears perfect but dig a little deeper and it becomes apparent that it is a dysfunctional family .. CeCe’s childhood was challenging, she has inherited the OCD gene from her mother, her brother is a junkie, her daughter is an aspiring ballet dancer but also anorexic, her son only lives for video games and her husband is having an affair. It’s how CeCe deals with all this that is the thrilling journey throughout the book. While I don’t condone violence some of the stunts that she gets up to are outrageous but there is an inkling of “Go Girl” as each time they become more bizarre. This is an exhilarating story that keeps you gripped with so much going on. Very cleverly written, not only is there the revenge aspect but you really get a feel for the trauma and utter failure/despair that CeCe is enduring. While she has a harsh side she is also very vulnerable .. Mitchell is a wimp and I didn’t particularly like him .. I go for a stronger guy .. keep an eye open for Dinah she is the ultimate psycho! I’m full of praise for this, so much I didn’t see coming and even after finishing I keep thinking about segments and it dawns on me how the connections were made .. excellent. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.