Pretty Guilty Women
By Gina LaManna
Published September 2019 by Sourcebooks
Something has gone terribly wrong at the Banks wedding. A man is dead. Four different women rush to offer confessions, each insisting that they committed the crime — alone.
Ginger is holding her family together by a thread, and this wedding weekend is not the fabulous getaway she anticipated.
Kate has enough money to buy her way out of anything. Well, almost anything.
Emily can’t shake her reputation or her memories, and she’s planning to drown this whole vacation in a bottle.
Lulu’s got ex-husbands to spare, and another on the way — as soon as she figures out what the devil the current husband is up to behind her back.
Why would they confess to the same murder? Only they know — and they’re not telling. This page-turning novel explores the depths of friendship and the truths we love to ignore.
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Content Warning: This book contains discussions of domestic violence, suicide, infant death and infertility.
One man dead, four women confessing to the murder. Pretty Guilty Women had me hooked from the very beginning.
I actually read this book in one sitting because I needed answers!
The book starts each chapter with a detective interview, and then whomever the detective is interviewing, that’s whose point of view we get to read from in the chapter. It made it really easy to follow along and keep up with the story.
The story revolves around four women who were best friends in college, but have drifted apart over the years. One of the four, Whitney, is getting married and has invited everyone to her lavish wedding. We don’t get any insight from Whitney except for an interview. She is just a background character, although we do learn a bit about her personality and who she is from the other characters throughout the story.
Lulu: Older wealthy woman who is on her fifth marriage (to her fourth husband). She’s finally found her soulmate? Or has she? Her husband has been acting oddly and as the story goes on we follow along with Lulu trying to figure out her husband’s secrets.
Kate: She has been trying to have a baby and cannot. She’s even attempted IVF a few times and has failed. The other women look at Kate and see a well put together woman, but from reading from her point of view we know that not to be true.
Ginger: A disheveled mother of three. I really felt for her (probably because I am also a disheveled mother) and it’s a lot to try and maintain some semblance of order, be a parent and try to also simultaneously be fun. It’s a hard balance and Ginger is struggling.
Emily: Emily is a mess (for a very good reason I won’t share). Her story is painful, and yet she ended up becoming one of my favorites in this book.
The story itself takes place over two or three days at the hotel. We don’t even see the wedding event itself and like I said, we don’t hear much about Whitney.
I found myself trying to figure out the plot, and who actually killed this man (who is the man?). I did end up guessing who the man was, but not much before the point where he died. However, I did not guess who killed him. Not even in the slightest.
I love a good mystery read and I found I really enjoyed this one. It was like a contemporary read with a twist of murder in it.