Pretty Dolls and Hand Grenades

Pretty Dolls and Hand Grenades

by Cara Reinard

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BN ID: 2940158052538
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 03/04/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
File size: 311 KB

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Pretty Dolls and Hand Grenades 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
Cara Reinard’s novel is an engaging story that gives readers a literary take on the popular genre of shows called the ‘The Real Housewives Of (enter your city of choice here)’ It tells the story of Cece and her family - her cheating rat of a husband and their children Camdyn and Josie. Very much modeled on the idea of the ‘American dream’, it lets the reader in on what goes on behind the closed doors of a family suffering from mental illness, infidelity, and financial issues. Written from the first-person perspective of Cece, we see the female point of view in a neighborhood characterized by gossiping housewives who shame their friends at times they should be supportive. The women in the book are judgmental but are bound by the unspoken constraints of their society – lead by their successful husbands. This shows very clearly that the grass is not always greener on the more affluent side of town. For Cece who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, believed to be inherited from her mother, this environment is toxic and leads to her becoming unwell because she cannot conform to the rigid expectations set by those around her. At a time when she should be surrounded by friends and family, she has nobody to turn to. It highlights important issues in the affluent community as to why the women are not there for each other and the pressure of maintaining a perfect home life and family. This is something we all know to be impossible, yet people still strive for it anyway. It also raises the question as to why Cece cannot speak to anyone about her mental health. In the book, she does not once have a therapeutic conversation about it, and her condition is only seen as a bother to her family. Her friends seem unaware of her mental health problem and just think that she has migraines. A theme that runs throughout the book is the importance of parental influence on their children. Cece grew up witnessing her mother’s erratic and unusual actions and her children now have similar behaviour. They also see her love for expensive material possessions and become spoiled – so much so that she even indulges their unhealthy habits which lead to danger and illness. They won’t even get the bus, which Cece and her husband admit with a tone of regret. Her children are spoiled but her and her husband are no better. The book follows Cece as she tries to get her own back on her husband who has shacked up with his young assistant. At times it's uncomfortable reading and really unsettles the reader as you question just who’s fault this all is. There are moments of danger, humor, and emotional turmoil which keep the reader engaged and invested in the book all the way through.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Pretty Dolls and Hand Grenades is a brilliantly crafted, unputdownable, complex thriller. I was captivated from the very first page. Cece Laramie’s life was spinning out of control. Her perfect family was disintegrating. Cece caught her husband, Mitchell, cheating on her; anorexia was stealing her daughter’s life and her loner son was obsessed with weapons and terrorism. Cece was fighting to keep her OCD from taking over her life. She didn’t want to become like her impossible, crazy mother. But, she was rapidly losing that battle. Her OCD was spinning out of control, blinding migraines were crippling her, and all she could think of was getting revenge. Cece wanted her old life back, but first, she wanted Mitchell and his playmate, Kate, to suffer. Cece figured that Dinah, her new Russian friend, was probably a psychopath. She was cold, calculating and downright scary. She promised Cece that if she followed her instructions, Mitchell and Kate would get their comeuppance. Cece was petrified carrying out the things Dinah was mandating her to do, but crossing the Russian mastermind wasn’t a comforting option, either. Cece sincerely hoped that prison time wasn’t in her future. Pretty Dolls and Hand Grenades is a cleverly written, character-driven, edge-of-the-seat psychological thriller. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’re going to devour this novel. I can’t wait to read more by this talented author. This book gets 5 shining stars from me. Thank you, Wild Rose Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
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!
VKingsBooks More than 1 year ago
“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.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
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!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
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!!
missfee81 More than 1 year ago
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.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
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.