Pretty Ugly Lies

Pretty Ugly Lies

by Pamela Crane


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912604517
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication date: 07/11/2018
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 266,156
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

PAMELA CRANE is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that-he'll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him) and she writes on the edge. Writing murder mysteries is her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she bases her characters on real people, so be warned!

She is a USA Today best-selling author of several award-winning psychological thrillers: Pretty Ugly Lies, A Fatal Affair, and The Admirer's Secret. She has also written the chilling Little Things That Kill Series, which includes The Scream of Silence, The Art of Fear, and The Death of Life, and The Killer Thriller Series, including A Secondhand Lie and A Secondhand Life, which you can find on her website at

See why Pamela's fans on Goodreads say, "Pamela Crane writes with passion; you can feel the emotions and inner feelings of her characters," and "She's an author that grabbed my attention."

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Pretty Ugly Lies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
booklover- 9 months ago
4.5 Stars Four soccer moms .. living in an ideally suburban neighborhood featuring stately homes that show an upper crust lifestyle. Manicured nails ... designer clothes. Keeping up with the Jones' with Mercedes and BMWs ... wealth, beauty and perfection. So what causes a woman to murder her entire family when she has everything she ever desired? Four women ..all married to men they love or have loved .. all with children .. all with hopes and dreams, mostly unfulfilled. Four “perfect” families. Four life-altering secrets. One lie that leads to a killer. All four women have their say in this well-crafted book. Even with all the 'players' it's easy to follow each family and what consequences they face when secrets and lies are exposed. The first chapter is a killer ... the ending came as a huge surprise. Many thanks to the author / Bloodhound Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Psychological Suspense. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
JulieB 10 months ago
Starts out with a bang! The book begins by describing the tragic and gruesome murder of a husband and children...but doesn’t tell us who killed them and why. Excerpt - “Sorry isn’t enough anymore. Sorry can’t fix what’s broken. Sometimes a sacrifice is the only way to start over again. This is one of those times.” The story is narrated by four woman and someone’s secrets lead to murder. Shayla...a bi-polar mess. She has an amazing husband and two wonderful kids, but is bored with her life. She’s hiding a secret that could rip her family apart. Jo...happily married with three kids. Her life was perfect until her three-year-old daughter was abducted. She blames herself for not watching Amelia close enough, and wonders if the kidnapping is related to a long forgotten secret from her past. Ellie...gave up her career for her husband. Now her world revolves around him and she has two unappreciative brats and a cheating husband. This isn’t the life she imagined when she married Denny. June...a waitress with four small children (one with Autism). Her lazy husband can’t keep a job and her life is in constant turmoil. Her days are filled with screaming kids and Autistic tantrums. She secretly reminisces about her younger days and the life she could have had, if only she’d been truthful years ago. It was easy to relate to these women and what some might call their “trivial” struggles. I couldn’t help but sympathize with them, as my emotions have taken over many times and I’ve had some of the same overwhelming feelings! Just when I thought this book might not meet my expectations...another big explosion that leads us back to the unforgettable and tragic murder. This ARC was provided by NetGalley, Pamela Crane and Bloodhound Books, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! #PrettyUglyLies #NetGalley #Amazon
RabidThrillerReader 9 months ago
As a mother who has struggled with depression, this book hit home for me. The writing is outstanding--the prose eloquent, powerful, drawing me in from the first page. The characters represented people I can relate to. I think we all imagine we're all so likeable, but in reality there are ugly sides to us all. We can be selfish, depressed, exhausted, irritable, and act crazy. I've never read a book like this before--one so raw and gripping where it ripped me apart and sewed me back together with a completely new understanding of what people deal with, what hurts we hide, what skeletons we bury, and what small and big things can cause us to break. It's a perfect book about imperfect people. About what could make a woman snap and hurt those she loves--and this is reality. It changed the way I look at life and people, and I realized after reading this that no one is alone in the abyss. 5-star story. 5-star writing. 5-star impact. Every woman and mother needs to read this!
readers_retreat 10 months ago
I am very conflicted about this book. On the one hand it landed you straight into the middle of the action from the first couple of pages which I liked but on the other there was a lot of whining from the majority of characters which annoyed me quite a bit. There are some good twists in the plot that keep the reader intrigued and the story was sound but my issue was with the characters. It is rare I dislike characters enough that it affects my enjoyment of a book but I did here - the women seemed extremely fake and materialistic. The story is told from 4 differing POV - all women who are wives and mothers. They each seem like normal protective mothers and family orientated individuals but this is merely a facade. Beneath this fake exterior lies women who are expert at hiding their secrets. None of the mothers were likable but I did feel sympathetic towards their situation at certain times throughout the book. At its heart, this story is about the difference between what we really feel and what we show to others - that what we seem like on the exterior can be hiding a dark and secretive reality. Well written and interesting with a plot that keeps you guessing the whole time. I would recommend this to those who enjoy reading womens fiction/chick lit or chick noir. This is one domestic noir that I didn't particularly enjoy but as reading is subjective I can imagine this attracting a large audience who will love it. This is just my opinion so if you like the sound of the blurb - give it a go! I plan to purchase other Pamela Crane books to read over the summer months and I hope I appreciate them more than I did this one. Many thanks to Bloodhound Books for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
aschae 11 months ago
A moving, incredible book for every woman who has ever felt a moment of unappreciation, exhaustion or of just never being enough. Not for the weak of heart, we get a glimpse into the lives on Oleander Way... Following four different women throughout each of their own daily private struggles to be a wife and mother, providing for their families while getting so little in return - all while upholding the image they have created about their perfect lives. Jo, Ellie, Shayla, and June, each dealing with their own private turmoil, never finding a moments peace or an outlet for the growing pain inside them. I can't imagine there isn't a woman or mother alive who could not connect with this story on some personal level. We get a glimpse into four not-so-perfect lives and witness the heartbreak of a woman finally losing it. Incredibly painful yet such a beautiful story, I was brought to tears at not only the struggle and loss but of the strength of those who held on and found the good in their lives. Highly recommended ~ First book by this author and can't wait to see what's next!
CrazyCat_Alex 12 months ago
The story begins with the murder of a husband and children of a family and the thoughts of the person being with them ‘til the police arrives. Is it the killer? The mother/wife? You don’t know that. After that the story is told in alternating chapters between four women, all having problems in their so seemingly perfect lives and everything starts to unravel for them. It proves, that you don’t know your neighbor, friend, colleague just from what you can see. Nobody in the suburban street they all lived thought something was wrong with anybody living there. Sure, there is gossip and pressure to fit in, but no one knows for sure what’s happening behind closed doors. I has some problems in the beginning with the four different pov’s but after a while it just flowed and I got the hang of who is who. The sad thing, I didn’t like any of the women, or their husbands for that matter. They all were self centered and just whining. They didn’t talk to their husbands, they didn’t try to change their lives. They just wanted to blend in, in this fake neighborhood. Sure, I felt sorry for them, but I also was mad at them for being passive and waiting for someone to do something, instead of doing it themselves.
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