I have just finished “Little Pretty Things” by Lori Rader-Day. I was at our local library a few weeks ago (yes, it takes me a while to read a book – not enough hours in my day) and I decided I’d just wing my next read. Scouring the shelves for the one that would pop out at me. “Little Pretty Things” caught my eye and my interest. This might be a good read! Was it?
Absolutely! I got sucked in to this book and had to know how it would unfold.
“Little Pretty Things” by Lori Rader-Day is about a girl called Juliet (I say “girl” but she’s actually a 28 year old woman) who hasn’t done much with her life since high school. Juliet cleans rooms at the Mid-Night Inn and still lives with her mother. Back in the good ol’ days, Juliet was on the high school track team, her life devoted to running. Well, not just running, competing. Her rival and best friend, Maddy, always won and Juliet could never keep up with her. Both in running and in life.
After high school, Maddy moved away and the girls lost touch, until one night, Maddy comes to stay at Juliet’s cheap motel. She arrives looking like she’s got it all. A beautiful coat and a huge engagement ring. Things that Juliet can’t afford or have. Looks like Maddy has topped her yet again. The girls catch up at the bar. It’s an opportunity to remember the old days. Try to rekindle their friendship.
But that night at the Mid-Night Inn there is a murder. Juliet was there. Her fingerprints are all over that place. Did she do it?
I like this book because it has lots of twists and turns and just when you think you understand Juliet, she does something silly. She gets involved in the investigation of Maddy’s murder, determined to clear her name and find out who did it. Who was Maddy these days? What was her story?
This book is a little bit like “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, but tamer. If you liked “Gone Girl”, you will like “Little Pretty Things” by Lori Rader-Day.
Let me know if you read it and what you think.