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Four Women. Four Confessions. One Murder. 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 Four Women. Four Confessions. One Murder. 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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Four Women. Four Confessions. One Murder. 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 Four Women. Four Confessions. One Murder. 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.

30 review for Pretty Guilty Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    Four women meet up at a luxury California resort for an old college friend’s wedding. Three of them, Kate, Ginger, and Emily, are friends of the bride, and the fourth, Lulu, is related by marriage to the groom. The friends’ relationships are strained as they don’t see each other often or keep in touch like they once did. Each of the women are, of course, also hiding secrets. It’s clear from the beginning of the story that a death has occurred. I’ve seen the comparisons noted between Pretty Guilt Four women meet up at a luxury California resort for an old college friend’s wedding. Three of them, Kate, Ginger, and Emily, are friends of the bride, and the fourth, Lulu, is related by marriage to the groom. The friends’ relationships are strained as they don’t see each other often or keep in touch like they once did. Each of the women are, of course, also hiding secrets. It’s clear from the beginning of the story that a death has occurred. I’ve seen the comparisons noted between Pretty Guilty Women and Big Little Lies - I do agree there are similarities, though I didn’t like this book quite as much as BLL. I didn’t care for the epilogue and wondered why it was included - It just felt unnecessary. This was probably the biggest detractor in the book for me. Even so, Pretty Guilty Women is a quick, entertaining read that I enjoyed bingeing through on a flight — 3.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Gina LaManna writes a hugely fun and entertaining novel that deals with some serious issues in the style of a Liane Moriarty book. Three college friends whose friendships have mostly fallen by the wayside are making their way to the week long wedding celebrations in California at the luxurious Serenity Spa and Resort for the DeBleu/Banks wedding. Whitney, their friend, is getting married to the rich Arthur Banks, in opulent moneyed style. What becomes clear almost immediately is that a man has b Gina LaManna writes a hugely fun and entertaining novel that deals with some serious issues in the style of a Liane Moriarty book. Three college friends whose friendships have mostly fallen by the wayside are making their way to the week long wedding celebrations in California at the luxurious Serenity Spa and Resort for the DeBleu/Banks wedding. Whitney, their friend, is getting married to the rich Arthur Banks, in opulent moneyed style. What becomes clear almost immediately is that a man has been killed and along with Lulu, befriended at the resort, a woman in her sixties, married five times to four men, the women all claim to have killed him on their own in interviews with Detective Ramone. The identity of the dead man is not revealed until close to the end. In this story of secrets and drama, laying out their past history and present predicaments, we learn why each of the women confess to such a heinous crime. Ginger Adler has an exhausting family life, married to Frank, where money is in short supply, and with three children, the teenage Elsie, and the younger Poppy and Tom. She has had to do extra shifts as a hotel receptionist for the family to attend the wedding. She is at the end of her tether, her relationship with Elsie is unravelling, and she is tired of being the responsible parent to Frank's fun parent, although she does love him to bits. Emily Brown is in a bad way, she is weighed down by a traumatic past, has a drink problem, and having sex with a man she has only just encountered on the plane. Kate Cross is a wealthy successful lawyer, she has made partner in a New York firm, but an emotional wreck after her boyfriend, Maximillian Banks, dumps her in public at the Resort's reception on arrival. Lulu is a worried woman, she is in love with her current husband, but his behaviour is leading her to believe he is involved with another woman and planning to leave her. LaManna writes a exuberant story of women's friendships with the whole shebang of grudges, rivalries, challenges, and despair. It is also marked by hope and rallying together to support each other when needed, despite the fact their friendships had more or less disintegrated through the years since college. Each woman has a distinct character, and different issues that plagued their lives, whilst money can help, it fails to be the panacea to living a happy life. This is a fabulous read, well written and with great characters that you cannot help but invest in. Highly recommended, especially if you are a Liane Moriarty fan. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Fun and dramatic! Welcome to the Banks wedding, where someone has been murdered, and four different women confess to individually committing the murder. Lulu is swimming in ex-husbands, and her current husband is up to no good. Emily is hitting the drink. She wants to forget everything that’s happened to her. Kate has more money than she can handle, and she knows how to use it to her advantage. Ginger’s family is falling apart, and this vacation is supposed to be an escape from it all…but it’s not. Wh Fun and dramatic! Welcome to the Banks wedding, where someone has been murdered, and four different women confess to individually committing the murder. Lulu is swimming in ex-husbands, and her current husband is up to no good. Emily is hitting the drink. She wants to forget everything that’s happened to her. Kate has more money than she can handle, and she knows how to use it to her advantage. Ginger’s family is falling apart, and this vacation is supposed to be an escape from it all…but it’s not. Why are they all confessing to murder? How far would you go for friendship? The wedding is a reunion for these college friends. The story unfolds with snippets into the past, and the secrets it holds. The wedding is set to take place at a beautiful spa. Pretty Guilty Women is a quick and consuming read. The detectives interview each woman, and along the way you learn about their pasts. I loved the characters. There was something to like about each one. The ending had a nice twist, and there was tons of drama throughout. This reminded me a bit of a Moriarty book, and I loved that about it. Overall, Pretty Guilty Women is an indulgent and entertaining read, and the perfect way to wrap-up summer! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  4. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Four female friends meet at a resort for a wedding. All four ladies confess to murder. Sounds kind of familiar, right? This book could have been so much better. Instead we get a weak knockoff of Big Little Lies (I know, I know...everyone keeps comparing the two and I’m jumping on that bandwagon as well) full of whiny, annoying characters that all feel sorry for themselves for their shortcomings in life. I really liked the alternating points of view and the police interviews. Althou 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Four female friends meet at a resort for a wedding. All four ladies confess to murder. Sounds kind of familiar, right? This book could have been so much better. Instead we get a weak knockoff of Big Little Lies (I know, I know...everyone keeps comparing the two and I’m jumping on that bandwagon as well) full of whiny, annoying characters that all feel sorry for themselves for their shortcomings in life. I really liked the alternating points of view and the police interviews. Although those two attributes kept it entertaining, I was hoping for so much more. I really wanted to love it. There is a twist at the end, but it didn’t wow me. Just kind of a lackluster book for me. Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks and Gina LaManna for the advanced copy in exchange for my review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Ginger's shoulders stiffened with resistance at the horribleness of her voice. This wasn't like her. Ginger was fun and patient and exuberant. She wasn't a nag, and more importantly, she loved Frank. She loved his silly hobbies and stupid projects. His very zest for life was one of the reasons she'd fallen head over heels for him in the first place. But then life had happened, and kids, and finances, and insurance, and lost pink shoes. And somewhere in the mess of suburbia and second jo EXCERPT: Ginger's shoulders stiffened with resistance at the horribleness of her voice. This wasn't like her. Ginger was fun and patient and exuberant. She wasn't a nag, and more importantly, she loved Frank. She loved his silly hobbies and stupid projects. His very zest for life was one of the reasons she'd fallen head over heels for him in the first place. But then life had happened, and kids, and finances, and insurance, and lost pink shoes. And somewhere in the mess of suburbia and second jobs and the monotony of daily life, love just seemed so hard sometimes. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Four Women. Four Confessions. One Murder. 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. MY THOUGHTS: This was a fun read with a slightly darker side to it. The women's relationships are complicated, but common; resentment, envy, and holding onto old grudges has taken the place of their once close friendship. But when the chips are down, will they let these petty feelings get in the way of having each others backs? I enjoyed the way this book was written, in a light-hearted vein while covering some pretty serious subjects including physical abuse and infertility. Pretty Guilty women made me think, and smile. I also liked the fact that we don't actually who was killed until almost the end of the book. Did Lulu kill Pierce in a fit of jealousy? Did Ginger kill Frank in sheer frustration? Did Kate kill Max for dumping her rather publicly? Did Emily kill Henry while she was drunk? All these quetions were rattling around my brain as I read. We get segments of the women's stories, interspersed with police interviews - this is definitely NOT a police procedural; these guys couldn't find their way out of a paper bag.... My favorite quote - 'If Lulu didn't believe in romance, she wouldn't have gotten married five times.' Love the cover. 😊😊😊.75 and I'm still smiling THE AUTHOR: Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She currently lives in St. Paul with her wonderful husband and family. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Sourcebooks, Landmark for providing a digital ARC of Pretty Guilty Women by Gina La Manna for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page, or the about page on my webpage Sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others also appear on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna is a mystery about how far a group of friends will go to protect one of their own. Emily, Ginger and Kate are invited to Whitney's wedding at a posh spa resort. Many years ago, all four were close friends during their college years. Much has happened since college and the friends are apprehensive about reuniting. While at the resort, they become acquainted with Lulu, an older woman and Sydney, a young single mother. Each chapter ends with a detective interview Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna is a mystery about how far a group of friends will go to protect one of their own. Emily, Ginger and Kate are invited to Whitney's wedding at a posh spa resort. Many years ago, all four were close friends during their college years. Much has happened since college and the friends are apprehensive about reuniting. While at the resort, they become acquainted with Lulu, an older woman and Sydney, a young single mother. Each chapter ends with a detective interviewing guests of the resort because a murder has been committed on the property but the victim's identity is not revealed. Before long, the detective realizes that four of the friends are individually admitting to murdering the victim. Who are they protecting? Who has been killed? Who is the real killer? This is a very enjoyable mystery: no matter what happens, the reader will never guess the outcome. Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna is a book that was a quick read for me. I really enjoyed the way that it was written from multiple points of view and with the police interviews between chapters as the story starts to unfold. The characters themselves are not particularly likeable, all of them a bit self centred and spoilt. I liked this book but I didn't love it. The ending did not come as a complete surprise to me either, I guess I was just hoping for more. 4 women confess to the murder of a Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna is a book that was a quick read for me. I really enjoyed the way that it was written from multiple points of view and with the police interviews between chapters as the story starts to unfold. The characters themselves are not particularly likeable, all of them a bit self centred and spoilt. I liked this book but I didn't love it. The ending did not come as a complete surprise to me either, I guess I was just hoping for more. 4 women confess to the murder of a man during a rehearsal dinner for a friends wedding. All of their stories are different and the police are confused - why would 4 women all say they did it? The women are all at the luxury spa resort for week long wedding celebration for their college friend. They haven't seen each other for quite a while so it is a reunion for them all. There are also the new friends that they make along the way. As the story is told we hear about the past, their secrets and dramas and how they all tie in together. Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bharath

    It is a wedding where four friends from school meet after a long time. A man however dies and found women confess to the murder. The start is interesting and the pace is good, keeping up the suspense well till the end. Whitney is getting married. While she, Kate, Ginger and Emily were friends, they have not really been in the best of relations since some time. All of them have their problems – Kate is increasingly desperate to have a child; Ginger is a mother of three kids and struggles to manag It is a wedding where four friends from school meet after a long time. A man however dies and found women confess to the murder. The start is interesting and the pace is good, keeping up the suspense well till the end. Whitney is getting married. While she, Kate, Ginger and Emily were friends, they have not really been in the best of relations since some time. All of them have their problems – Kate is increasingly desperate to have a child; Ginger is a mother of three kids and struggles to manage them and Emily veers towards depression with nothing seeming to work since long for her in life. All of them decide to attend Whitney’s wedding after some hesitation hoping it will give them a chance to rekindle their relationships. The story converges the past with the present very well, picking up from the time they were close and later drifted apart. At the event, they also meet elderly Lulu who has some concerns of her own regarding her married life. They run into Sidney at the marriage, who is caring for a young child. And then this murder happens. The overall storyline, buildup, convergence of the past & present, and the pace is good. The plot itself has some weak elements in it though. Well worth a read especially for the layered buildup of the story. I received a free electronic copy for providing an honest review. My rating: 3.5 / 5.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. A little soapy, a little melodramatic, and tremendously thought-provoking, Gina Lamanna's Pretty Guilty Women feels like a non-Australian version of Big Little Lies . Everyone has gathered at an exclusive resort and spa for the wedding of Whitney and Arthur. Whitney has invited her three best friends from college—Ginger, Emily, and Kate—even though they've not spoken much in all the years that have passed. (Especially Ginger and Emily, who still harbor a serious grudge from those 3.5 stars. A little soapy, a little melodramatic, and tremendously thought-provoking, Gina Lamanna's Pretty Guilty Women feels like a non-Australian version of Big Little Lies . Everyone has gathered at an exclusive resort and spa for the wedding of Whitney and Arthur. Whitney has invited her three best friends from college—Ginger, Emily, and Kate—even though they've not spoken much in all the years that have passed. (Especially Ginger and Emily, who still harbor a serious grudge from those carefree days of their youth.) Emily is a barely functioning alcoholic, although she drinks to blot out the painful memories of events she wishes she could have prevented. When she meets a handsome man on the plane ride to the wedding she thinks there may be a chance that the week won't be all bad, but her eyes are opened pretty quickly. Ginger married her college boyfriend and they have three children. The idyllic family life she dreamed of isn't quite the reality she has, and she finds herself barely hanging on at times. But she's determined that the wedding will be a chance for her to show off her family, even as they're all causing her to lose her sanity, especially her teenage daughter who seems to be maturing faster than Ginger can handle. Kate is a successful lawyer, but all the money in the world can't buy the baby she wants more than anything. She and her handsome boyfriend are a beautiful couple on the outside, but multiple attempts to conceive have frayed their relationship to its core. In separate encounters, the three women meet Lulu, a woman of nearly 70 years old who has been married five times, but who realizes her fifth husband may very well be the love of her life. But he seems to be hiding something, and she hopes it isn't that he's ready to end their marriage. One night, a man is found dead. Who is he, and why did Emily, Ginger, Kate, and Lulu all admit that they're the one who killed him, and that they acted alone? Who are they trying to protect, and why? Pretty Guilty Women juxtaposes the police interrogation of the four women and other bystanders at the resort with profiles of each of their lives and the challenges they face, and then the narrative starts to move toward the murder. There are lots of twists and turns, lots of events which lead to even more questions. While I didn't find the actual victim particularly surprising, the mysteries kept on coming. I didn't love this quite as much as I hoped I would, as I usually enjoy books like these. I found the multiple narrative threads exhausting to follow after a while, and it took some time before things really came to a head. The book did touch on some very serious issues and raise some interesting questions, though, and Lamanna created some fascinating, flawed characters. If it were still beach season, this might be the perfect beach book! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Four women—old college friends—are reunited at the elegant Banks wedding. They haven’t been in touch in ages and some hold grudges. There's Ginger, a receptionist and weary mom of three. Ginger's former college roommate, Emily, now a marketing manager. She and Ginger no longer speak and Emily seems to be harboring a pile of secrets. There's Kate, a beautiful and well-off lawyer, whose boyfriend breaks up with her the day before the festivities. They all knew the bride, Whitney, in college. At th Four women—old college friends—are reunited at the elegant Banks wedding. They haven’t been in touch in ages and some hold grudges. There's Ginger, a receptionist and weary mom of three. Ginger's former college roommate, Emily, now a marketing manager. She and Ginger no longer speak and Emily seems to be harboring a pile of secrets. There's Kate, a beautiful and well-off lawyer, whose boyfriend breaks up with her the day before the festivities. They all knew the bride, Whitney, in college. At the resort where the wedding is being held, Ginger, Emily, and Kate meet Lulu, a wealthy woman in her sixties. Her husband is related to the groom; Lulu may have wealth, but she's worried about her marriage. By the end of the rehearsal dinner, a man will be dead. Even more intriguing, four people will confess to the deed. PRETTY GUILTY WOMEN was a really interesting and dramatic read. I was caught up in these women’s tales. I have a group of close friends from college (thankfully not estranged!) and also could relate to the harried mom, Ginger. I was fascinated by all that was going on in everyone’s lives (a lot of drama). There's a lot going on here--a college feud, the wedding, a mysterious young mom, each woman's own issues, but LaManna makes it all work. The book is told partially in police reports and then narrative from all the women. It's certainly fascinating, as details unfold slowly, and it keeps you guessing. Overall, this was a quick read and perfect to finish up on my beach trip! I'm looking forward to reading more from LaManna! I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks and Bookreporter in return for an honest review. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    An extravagant wedding at the Serenity Resort and Spa ends in a death and four women confessing to murder… This is a perfect beach-read. The drama of four former friends who lost touch reconnecting was popcorn-worthy. Add in a murder and four independent confessions, I was so curious to find out what was going on! About the Book Whitney Debleu is marrying up…way up. At the Debleu-Banks wedding at a swanky California resort, no expense is spared on the week-long extravaganza. Four women arrive for An extravagant wedding at the Serenity Resort and Spa ends in a death and four women confessing to murder… This is a perfect beach-read. The drama of four former friends who lost touch reconnecting was popcorn-worthy. Add in a murder and four independent confessions, I was so curious to find out what was going on! About the Book Whitney Debleu is marrying up…way up. At the Debleu-Banks wedding at a swanky California resort, no expense is spared on the week-long extravaganza. Four women arrive for the wedding with more than just luggage, they arrive with baggage long buried in their past. Emily has never escaped the depression caused by the end of a bad break up, the loss of her daughter, and the end of her college friendships. On the plane to her former college-pal’s wedding, Emily drinks to much and has a vacation fling with a stranger she meets on the plane, only to find out he is attending the same wedding as her. Ginger got the man of her dreams in college, marrying Frank and having three beautiful children, but she’s never shaken her resentment at an incident that occurred between Emily and Frank long ago. Now, she is dealing with a teenager who keeps secrets from her, financial worries to get to this expensive wedding, and she’d dreading seeing her old college friends. Kate seems perfect form the outside—beautiful, successful, and dating the perfect man. But after years of doing everything she can to get pregnant and nothing working, Kate is defeated. Now, heading to her college friend Whitney’s wedding, she feels lower than ever. Until her boyfriend dumps her at the front desk of the check-in to the resort, and Kate drops even lower. Lulu is the only one not connected to the others. She’s almost 70 and on her fifth husband. But this husband is her true love, she is certain of it. Unfortunately she realizes it too late. Lulu is certain Pierce is having an affair and is set to break things off with her. Avoiding her problems as long as she can, she heads to the bar where she meets three former friends of the bride… Four women, one murder, four confessions… Reflection I love this type of story telling. Each chapter is punctuated by a police interview of one of the four women or other hotel employees or guests. You won’t find out who was the victim until close to the end, so I had quite a few theories and I thought the reveal was a lot of fun! I heard a few reviewers say that the women seemed a petty or competitive at times. This is absolutely true, but that is what made them feel authentic. Frankly, who doesn’t have moments where we feel less than someone else and worry about justifying that what we have and who we are is good enough? These feelings are often self-imposed. I also loved how they each grew to appreciate what they do have and how others might envy it. There are the two other characters who are central but not part of the college friends—Lulu and Sydney. Lulu was probably my favorite character in some ways, a woman who fought her way into a string of marriages that paid off, and now is truly in love and worried she’ll lose him. Sydney is a young mother they meet in the bar. I really was curious and Sydney and she ends up being a really interesting part of the story as the book goes on. Lots of interesting tidbits in the story about Sydney, but you’ll have to read it to find those out! The books stays light and breezy, and though the murder is central to the investigation, the true story is about these four women. Who are they, what drives them, and what happened to make each of them confess? This is a great vacation read. I flew through it and I enjoyed the mix of drama and suspense. I loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Leone-campbell

    When old college friends reunite after being estranged for years for one of their own's wedding, it should be a very joyous, happy occasion. But that certainly was not in the cards. A murder has been committed and it seems they have all confessed. But it can only be one of them. These college friends who are now somewhat strangers to each other all believe the other's lives are perfect. But all is not as it seems. The gathering includes Kate, who is fashion model beautiful, wealthy and does not ha When old college friends reunite after being estranged for years for one of their own's wedding, it should be a very joyous, happy occasion. But that certainly was not in the cards. A murder has been committed and it seems they have all confessed. But it can only be one of them. These college friends who are now somewhat strangers to each other all believe the other's lives are perfect. But all is not as it seems. The gathering includes Kate, who is fashion model beautiful, wealthy and does not have a care in the world, but unbeknownst to her friends is in the middle of a horrific mid-life crisis. Emily is a preschool teacher who drinks a bit. She had a falling out years ago with one of her college roommates which she has regretted for years. She also regrets the secrets she has been keeping and how they have been eating away at her. Ginger is now a harried mother of three. She and her husband whom she met in college barely make ends meet. Her teenage daughter will be the death of her if her two younger children don't kill each other first. Then there is Lula an elderly woman they meet and befriend at the wedding who has been married "a few" times. She thinks her latest husband is cheating on her and she will go to great lengths to figure out if this is true. So, back to the murder...why would they each risk all they have to go to prison. How did this situation get so out of control? Who really committed the crime and why? Some friendships, both old and new can be meaningful, dependable and supportive regardless of their length or their history. But when push comes to shove these women will do anything and everything to protect each other. This is the lesson they learned. Quite the page turner, Pretty Guilty Women is cleverly told via the detective's interrogation's of the women and then we have the women's back story chapters. There is comic relief as well with of course a few shocking twists at the end. Thank you #NetGalley #SourcebooksLandmark #PrettyGuiltyWomen #GinaLamanna for the advanced copy. It was terrific!

  13. 4 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna was such a fun book to read, and even though I had a big part of the ending figured out before it happened, I still highly recommend reading this joy of a book! What it's about: The Banks wedding is going to be a huge week-long affair, and Whitney who is marrying into the Banks' family invites her old college friends Ginger, Kate, and Emily to the wedding where they also meet Lulu who is married to a Banks' family member. All of these women basicall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna was such a fun book to read, and even though I had a big part of the ending figured out before it happened, I still highly recommend reading this joy of a book! What it's about: The Banks wedding is going to be a huge week-long affair, and Whitney who is marrying into the Banks' family invites her old college friends Ginger, Kate, and Emily to the wedding where they also meet Lulu who is married to a Banks' family member. All of these women basically have nothing in common but insist that they all killed the same man... alone. Why would these women confess to the same murder? Pretty Guilty Women explores relationships and all the hidden secrets friends can keep from each other. Pretty Guilty Women was quite the page-turner, and I loved that we don't actually know who is dead until almost the end of the book. It had a feeling reminiscent of The Hunting Party which was another one I really enjoyed. The book is told from the perspectives of Ginger, Kate, Emily, and Lulu and while some were sadder than others, I was really interested in all of their stories. Lulu was by far my favorite character due to her sassiness and complexity, but I felt for each of the characters and the various things they were going through. There were also some things about certain characters I didn't like, which was a sign of a good book to me. These women are not perfect so don't expect to thoroughly love them all! Abuse is a heavy theme in Pretty Guilty Women (and not just one kind), and some parts just broke my heart. I was in tears at the end of the book, so I highly suggest keeping some tissues handy. I love the way LaManna decided to address friendships, and it was very realistic in my eyes because after all, how well do we really know our friends? Song/s the book brought to mind: A mix of This One's for the Girls and A Broken Wing both by Martina McBride Final Thought: I definitely thought Pretty Guilty Women was suspenseful, even after I had a part figured out, I couldn't wait to see how it all ended. The book also had detective interviews with each guest interspersed throughout which was another awesome addition. If you like mysteries that also focus on friendships and sassy women, then I highly recommend picking this one up. Some people didn't like the epilogue but I was really glad it was there so I could satiate my curiosity.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This book was just ok. 4 women confessed to the same murder and the book has a lot of characters (and all of their backstories) you have to keep track of. By mid way through I really didn’t care who committed the murder and had lost interest but read till the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Myrna

    friends…..secrets…. murder….oh my! Pretty Guilty Women is a good chick lit mystery thriller set at a wedding resort. The story follows four women (3 of them reconnecting after years of being apart) that have secrets and all confess to the murder. This book unravels slowly (with a few twists) until it reaches the revelation of the murder/victim. If you are wondering.....yes, this is reminiscent of Big Little Lies but not a replica. This one makes the perfect beach read even in October.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Banks

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Entertaining and sassy, though a slightly strange premise. I adored Big Little Lies, and this book immediately reminded me of that, so I simply HAD to request it. For the most part, I was really engaged with it, though I have to say, the entire premise was a little bit bonkers, and fairly unbelievable to boot. It's Whitney's wedding, and her old school friends (who haven't seen each other in years) are flying over to I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Entertaining and sassy, though a slightly strange premise. I adored Big Little Lies, and this book immediately reminded me of that, so I simply HAD to request it. For the most part, I was really engaged with it, though I have to say, the entire premise was a little bit bonkers, and fairly unbelievable to boot. It's Whitney's wedding, and her old school friends (who haven't seen each other in years) are flying over to enjoy the day with her. Kate is high flying and gorgeous, but longs for a child. Ginger is a mum of three and completely exhausted. As for Emily? She's had a messed up past and ends up sleeping with a man she's only just met. Throw elderly, sophisticated Lulu into the mix, and you've got a strong cast of female leads. As you might expect, the wedding goes terribly wrong and a man ends up dead. The only problem is - all four women confess to his murder. Who really did it, and why? I liked the pace and the style of this book. It was smart, sassy and fun to read - which in my opinion, makes it the ideal holiday read. I found the characters fun and believable, and I definitely wanted to know more about what was happening. I especially liked Ginger's relationship with her teenage daughter; that was quite thought-provoking and poignant in places. The overall idea, though fun, was a little bit nonsensical though. I'm fairly sure that the women would get arrested for perverting the law by all confessing; yet this seems to be glossed over at the end. Also, their reasoning for doing so, while honourable and very 'girl power', seemed slightly unbelievable. I don't see how they could get away with it in a busy hotel environment! But I'll say no more, as I don't wish to give the ending away. If you're happy to suspend your disbelief (I usually am!) then this is a fun, fast-paced read. Definitely a good one if you're looking for something light-hearted and spirited.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com Pretty Guilty Women is the latest salacious read from Gina LaManna, a USA Today bestselling author with over thirty novels to her name. Pretty Guilty Women represents LaManna’s first foray into the domestic women’s fiction sphere. Pretty Guilty Women is a novel defined by plenty of chaotic drama, secrets, strained relationships and murder. Four friends from college descend on the spectacular Serenity resort and spa, nestled on the Californian coastline. They *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com Pretty Guilty Women is the latest salacious read from Gina LaManna, a USA Today bestselling author with over thirty novels to her name. Pretty Guilty Women represents LaManna’s first foray into the domestic women’s fiction sphere. Pretty Guilty Women is a novel defined by plenty of chaotic drama, secrets, strained relationships and murder. Four friends from college descend on the spectacular Serenity resort and spa, nestled on the Californian coastline. They have gathered to celebrate the wedding of a friend, but this event of the year is marred by a murder that takes place at the luxurious resort complex. All four women put up their hand to having murdered the man. Each states that they acted alone and not in unison. As the investigation begins, secrets held by each of the foursome is revealed. One is plagued by family problems, another leaves behind a trail of broken relationships, one has a suspect reputation that immediately draws suspicion, while the last of this friendship circle believes that her wealth will get her out of trouble. Gina LaManna’s latest book is about secrets, lies, revelations, deception and complicated relationships. I am always a little suspicious of novels that make great claims on the front cover. Pretty Guilty Women features a tag sticker which states that this book is ‘Perfect for fans of LIANE MORIARY’. I could immediately see some parallels between Pretty Guilty Women and a couple of Moriarty’s books, Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers. However, where Moriarty has carved out her own niche in the publishing world with an original narrative and genuinely interesting characters, I have to say Pretty Guilty Women didn’t quite share these traits. I was initially pulled right in to Pretty Guilty Women. The opening was intriguing and I immediately began to form some theories around the mystery aspect of the novel. I liked the formatting of Pretty Guilty Women. LaManna divides her time between the four female friends, so we learn about the state of affairs in each woman’s life. As the book progresses and secrets are exposed, we discover that each woman has their own problems. Distributed throughout the shifting perspectives of the main characters are interviews and police transcripts. It is perplexing having all four women solely confessing to a murder and this becomes the central aspect of the novel, which the reader unpacks alongside the dogged detective assigned to this shady case. I appreciated this altered mode of delivery, it offset the narrative and provided a different approach to a traditional linear narrative. My issue with Pretty Guilty Women seemed to brew from the characters. Each seemed to blend into the other. At times I had to think hard about who was who and what issues they were dealing with. I didn’t find much to like about any of them and I wasn’t completely invested in their long running relationship either. With my inability to draw a decent connection with these women, I became distracted and in the end, I didn’t really care about their fate. However, I will say something compelled me to stay with this narrative. I have a feeling that it was my desire to discover the identity of the culprit. But even this revelation seemed to fall a little flat. While some aspects worked for me, Pretty Guilty Women was just an average read for me. It was evenly paced which would make it a good holiday read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    PRETTY GUILTY WOMEN is a psychological crime suspense fiction novel by Gina LaManna. Four women, college friends are reunited at the luxurious Serenity Resort on the Californian coast for the classy extravagant wedding of the year for one of their women college friend’s … when something goes horribly wrong . . . Ginger is an overworked, mother of three who's barely holding the family together when she learns a secret about her daughter that could ruin everything. She worked double shifts to be abl PRETTY GUILTY WOMEN is a psychological crime suspense fiction novel by Gina LaManna. Four women, college friends are reunited at the luxurious Serenity Resort on the Californian coast for the classy extravagant wedding of the year for one of their women college friend’s … when something goes horribly wrong . . . Ginger is an overworked, mother of three who's barely holding the family together when she learns a secret about her daughter that could ruin everything. She worked double shifts to be able to afford to fly a family of five to the wedding. Lulu is a wealthy senior retiree with four ex-husbands, and now suspects that her current husband might be planning to leave her. Emily had been a preschool teacher and has been through such hardships and is struggling to recover with the help of a bottle of wine. Emily and Ginger no longer speak due to an old feud since Kate is a classy, elegant and bossy powerhouse lawyer with her life in order, except for the one In college, fifteen years ago, Emily, Whiney, Kate and Ginger had been best of friends. Kate lives in New York, Whitney in California, Ginger in Minnesota and Emily in Chicago. They haven’t kept in contact much anymore, so this wedding offers them the chance to reunite. Each of these women all have secrets that they would do anything to protect. Just twenty-four hours later, at the rehearsal dinner a man is found dead at the hotel. During the investigation, each of these women confess to the crime, insisting they acted alone. The police know they're lying, but why? Why would four women confess to the same murder? Only they know the answer…and they are not talking. This is a well written and interesting dramatic read, and the reader is kept glued to the story as both the and the killer are not identified until the end of the book. All the characters are flawed and each have their own baggage and coping mechanisms to deal with their problems. There are many twists and turns in the story, but the central theme throughout the story is the bond between mother and child. Many thanks to the author, Little, Brown Book Group UK , Netgalley and THE Book Club Reviewer Group (FB) for my digital copy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Best friends during their college years, four women gather at the sight of an extravagant wedding by one of them. Having not seen seen or communicated since college, they are not all happy to be there. They each bring their husbands, boyfriends, children. It's like watching a drama unfold. With a homicide detective questioning each of the guests, and those that they brought with them, including the bridal couple. Seems that a man was murdered during the rehearsal dinner, and unfortunately for the Best friends during their college years, four women gather at the sight of an extravagant wedding by one of them. Having not seen seen or communicated since college, they are not all happy to be there. They each bring their husbands, boyfriends, children. It's like watching a drama unfold. With a homicide detective questioning each of the guests, and those that they brought with them, including the bridal couple. Seems that a man was murdered during the rehearsal dinner, and unfortunately for the detective, there are four confessions. Each confession is said to have been created by that person and that person alone. Why would they confess to the same murder? Only they know — and they're not telling. This is a unique take of the lives of these four women , with the menfolk coming in as secondary characters. The book bounces from the detective's interviews, followed by a look at the person who's doing the confessing. This one kept me glued to the pages and I hated putting it down for more than a minute. It's well written and the characters are all flawed in one sense or another. It's not highly suspenseful except for the fact that the reader gets no hint of who the murdered man is. It seems like all the women have a motive for killing the men in their lives. Many thanks to the author / Little, Brown Book Group UK / Netgalley / THE Book Club Reviewer Group (FB) for the digital copy of this psychological crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    A man lies dead under a collapsed pergola on the grounds of the exquisite Serenity Spa & Resort -- the site of the impending DeBleu/Banks wedding. Detective Ramone begins to question the witnesses and the story they tell becomes extremely complicated as four women all claim to have been the sole killer. Reminiscent of BIG LITTLE LIES, this very entertaining novel is impossible to put down and begs to be read in a single sitting! Told from the viewpoints of the main characters in alternating chapt A man lies dead under a collapsed pergola on the grounds of the exquisite Serenity Spa & Resort -- the site of the impending DeBleu/Banks wedding. Detective Ramone begins to question the witnesses and the story they tell becomes extremely complicated as four women all claim to have been the sole killer. Reminiscent of BIG LITTLE LIES, this very entertaining novel is impossible to put down and begs to be read in a single sitting! Told from the viewpoints of the main characters in alternating chapters and flipping backward and forward in time, the fascinating tale evolves as the reader gets to know each of the women and their hopes, dreams, wishes, desires, heartaches and secrets. All have come to this wedding event for different reasons with the underlying theme being a reunion of old college friends and former roommates who had fallen out of touch. Ginger, Kate and Emily meet strangers Lulu Franc and Sydney Banks (and her baby Lydia) in the hotel lobby the night they arrive and they get to know one another and reconnect in the bar over drinks. I loved the characterization of each woman and I definitely liked the writing style and the way the narrative focused aspects of their individual personalities, worries, problems and issues. It's full of drama and I actually could relate to them. After all, what woman alive doesn't want to figure out how to "have it all" and usually falling short? It was a fun, easy read and I really enjoyed it. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the e-book ARC to read and review. This would make a great movie or miniseries!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Chinnici

    Pretty Guilty Women was an entertaining mystery/thriller that was a lot of fun to read! The premise for this book serves as an intriguing hook: four different women confess to killing the same man and say that no one else was involved in the murder. The question is, why? This story is told through the perspectives of each of these four women, interspersed with interviews the detective on the case has with various suspects and witnesses. And this structure, along with short chapters, works well he Pretty Guilty Women was an entertaining mystery/thriller that was a lot of fun to read! The premise for this book serves as an intriguing hook: four different women confess to killing the same man and say that no one else was involved in the murder. The question is, why? This story is told through the perspectives of each of these four women, interspersed with interviews the detective on the case has with various suspects and witnesses. And this structure, along with short chapters, works well here to add suspense and keep the reader’s attention. Pretty Guilty Women is definitely what I consider a plot driven novel. Although the characters all have backstories, their own agendas, and growth, it is the action that moves the story forward. That being said, both the drama and the characters quirks feel both exaggerated and a bit stereotypical at the same time, something akin to watching a Lifetime movie. Which sometimes is exactly what the type of book you need, easy to read and enjoyable without requiring extra thought. All in all, Pretty Guilty Women was the right book at the right time for me. I don’t think I’ll pick it up again for a reread but I would be interested in checking out other books by Gina LaManna. *Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne thebookblondie

    Pretty Guilty Women by @ginalamanna ⚪️ “Let’s cut to the chase and save us some time— I am responsible for a man’s death tonight. Is that what you needed to hear?” ⚪️ A group of former college roommates get together to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. The story takes place at a fancy resort in California. Despite the fact that the former besties have become estranged, they somehow get mixed up in a murder... and the story unravels from there. ⚪️ I received this book as an ARC courtesy Pretty Guilty Women by @ginalamanna ⚪️ “Let’s cut to the chase and save us some time— I am responsible for a man’s death tonight. Is that what you needed to hear?” ⚪️ A group of former college roommates get together to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. The story takes place at a fancy resort in California. Despite the fact that the former besties have become estranged, they somehow get mixed up in a murder... and the story unravels from there. ⚪️ I received this book as an ARC courtesy of @sourcebooks and @netgalley and I wish this was being released sooner so I could recommend it as a beach read! The story, itself, shifts perspective between four very different women as they each confess to committing murder. But it’s impossible that all four of them have done it- so the plot becomes an unraveling of sorts. I really liked this one and blew through it while... in California (no I didn’t plan that one). It’ll be released in September of 2019, so keep an eye out for this one! @thebookblondie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    Four woman old college friends reunite at an exclusive spa and resort for the elegant wedding. They haven’t been in touch for years and some of them are holding grudges. Ginger a mother of three whose exhausted. Her former college roommate and once best friend Emily is a marketing manager and seems to be hiding a pile of secrets. Kate whose gorgeous and a lawyer whose boyfriend dumps her the day before the wedding. They all know the bride Whitney from college. At the resort where the wedding is Four woman old college friends reunite at an exclusive spa and resort for the elegant wedding. They haven’t been in touch for years and some of them are holding grudges. Ginger a mother of three whose exhausted. Her former college roommate and once best friend Emily is a marketing manager and seems to be hiding a pile of secrets. Kate whose gorgeous and a lawyer whose boyfriend dumps her the day before the wedding. They all know the bride Whitney from college. At the resort where the wedding is behind held at they meet lulu whose in her sixties her husband is related to the groom. Lulu may be wealthy but she’s worried her husband may be ending their marriage soon due to a secret he’s keeping. When you began reading your immediately told a man is dead you don’t know his identity or what happened. The story alternates between the wedding and what lead up to the “murder” and the detective interviewing each woman and each of them are saying they murdered the man. This was an enjoyable read it held my interest and I loved how each woman had their flaws. It definitely dived into their lives and why they stopped being friends. The mystery of who was murdered and why was great!

  24. 5 out of 5

    amanda

    I’m in a mood today. I had vacation last week so you can just imagine the mood I was at work THIS week dealing with fun customers demanding their donuts and frosted cakes 🙂 What I wouldn’t give for a massage…I thought as a child licked the dirty glass containing butter cookies. Oh god, I would kill for some drinks on the beach, I salivated as a woman screamed at me over the phone furious that we would not open the shop on Sunday for her and only her. When I realized that the setting of this book wa I’m in a mood today. I had vacation last week so you can just imagine the mood I was at work THIS week dealing with fun customers demanding their donuts and frosted cakes 🙂 What I wouldn’t give for a massage…I thought as a child licked the dirty glass containing butter cookies. Oh god, I would kill for some drinks on the beach, I salivated as a woman screamed at me over the phone furious that we would not open the shop on Sunday for her and only her. When I realized that the setting of this book was at a spa resort I was so content and envious!! How divine. And the fact that we’re throwing murder and drinks and some fun characters into the mix?! Buddy, I’m all in. Okay, from the start that book grabbed me. I loved the interview talking head bits. They were dramatic and funny as hell. The scenery was relaxing and if I ever get married (again) I don’t think I’d have a week long spa retreat but that definitely sounds nice. Hell, my 30th is fast approaching so I just might do it up for THAT. We have a main gang of four women. Four women who confess to a murder. This story centers around a wedding but funnily enough although you hear a lot about the bride, we don’t meet her. Nope. She’s not even the main character which I really love. I have to say I really did love all four of the women. Lulu, Ginger, Kate, and Emily. They equally were great and equally got on my nerves but that’s okay. That’s also human. Out of all of them I have to say that Kate and Ginger are my favorites. Ginger is the mom of the group with 3 kids and Kate is the kick ass lawyer who is dealing with a shit man. To be fair, I think the book made a good point and spread a great message. And that is that men are shit. How can we argue with this? Thanks for coming to my Ted talk. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun summer thriller that made me excited to find out what the hell was going on. I did feel as though there were a few loose ends? But maybe that was just me missing a few things? I also wanted to see more *cough* revenge for one character in particular. But she wound up very happy in the end so maybe I am just feeling very bloodthirsty this week as well. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this title. All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Great story line! A reminder that you never know what someone else is going/has gone through. We often judge others by their social media or from a distance and think the grass is greener. Meanwhile...someone is doing the same to us while we wallow in our misery. The grass is always greener! Most of our problems are minuscule in the scheme of things. The author did an excellent job of developing each character without making the book seem overly gossipy. Your wheels will be turning trying to fig Great story line! A reminder that you never know what someone else is going/has gone through. We often judge others by their social media or from a distance and think the grass is greener. Meanwhile...someone is doing the same to us while we wallow in our misery. The grass is always greener! Most of our problems are minuscule in the scheme of things. The author did an excellent job of developing each character without making the book seem overly gossipy. Your wheels will be turning trying to figure out who did it and what could possibly go wrong next. No one's life is perfect. This book is very relatable; you'll surely find yourself in one of the characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Olga

    A quick and easy read, not particularly well written and rather predictable. I like the concept of the murder victim not being revealed till the very end, but it was clumsily executed and felt almost grotesque in places. I didn't find the story either suspenseful or thrilling. Many thanks to Netgalley and the Little Brown publishers for the ARC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Pretty Guilty Women was a great, fun read and my first by Gina LaManna. More women’s melodrama than the thriller I had anticipated, this was still an extremely enjoyable read. The plot was intriguing, the story well-written and I flew through this well-crafted tale. Certainly a page turner, Pretty Guilty Women was cleverly told via detectives interrogations and back-story chapters. I appreciated the comedic aspect, as well and the shocking twists at the end. If you are rather partial to books abou Pretty Guilty Women was a great, fun read and my first by Gina LaManna. More women’s melodrama than the thriller I had anticipated, this was still an extremely enjoyable read. The plot was intriguing, the story well-written and I flew through this well-crafted tale. Certainly a page turner, Pretty Guilty Women was cleverly told via detectives interrogations and back-story chapters. I appreciated the comedic aspect, as well and the shocking twists at the end. If you are rather partial to books about women and their friendships, then pick up a copy of Pretty Guilty Women. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Three stars: A murder mystery plot that follows four women with messy lives. The Banks wedding is supposed to be a lavish affair, it is being held at a high end resort with no expense spared. The wedding is also a chance to reunite four old college friends. Unfortunately, something goes terribly wrong the night before the wedding. A man is murdered and four different women claim to be the one who killed him. Why would these women all confess to the same crime? What are they hiding? What I Liked: Three stars: A murder mystery plot that follows four women with messy lives. The Banks wedding is supposed to be a lavish affair, it is being held at a high end resort with no expense spared. The wedding is also a chance to reunite four old college friends. Unfortunately, something goes terribly wrong the night before the wedding. A man is murdered and four different women claim to be the one who killed him. Why would these women all confess to the same crime? What are they hiding? What I Liked: *Pretty Guilty Women is a suspenseful, twisty mystery that centers around four very different women. If you like lots of suspense, twists and a surprising mystery, this is one to try. There is a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. *I liked that the story followed four unique women. Ginger is happily married with three children, but her life isn’t exactly glamorous. She struggles to make ends meet, and she can’t seem to connect with her teenage daughter. She is convinced that her other three friends have it all. Kate is wallowing in money. She has a prestigious career and success, but she can’t get the one thing she wants a baby. Things go from bad to worse when her boyfriend throws down and ultimatum. Next there is Emily. She is a unhappy, plagued by guilt. She can’t seem to get anything right. Finally, there is Lulu. She is a glamorous elderly lady who has lived an extraordinary life. She has been married four times, but this time she really loves her husband, but she is worried he doesn’t love her anymore. As you can see all four women have their own set of problems. It was interesting uncovering their secrets and learning what made them tick. *The layout of the story draws the reader in. It opens with a startling scene. Then it jumps to an investigator interviewing wedding guests about a murder. The story moves back and forth in time. In the present, there is an ongoing murder case. Detectives are questioning witnesses, and everyone seems to have a juicy tidbit to share. Meanwhile in the past, the reader gets to know the characters and the events that led up to the murder. There are so many secrets and stunning revelations. The author manages to keep you hooked as each chapter piles on more startling clues, and the chapters conclude with a cliffhanger. I enjoyed the way the story moved backward and forward. The author did a great job throwing out tantalizing tidbits to keep the reader engaged. *The story builds and builds to a thrilling climax and a jaw dropping finale. Trust me, you won’t see it all coming. Once the dust settles, there is an epilogue a year down the road that catches the reader up to speed and answers some final questions. The author manages to play a couple of more mind games with the reader during the final pages, making you question everything. And The Not So Much: *I had trouble latching onto any of the characters. All four women seemed selfish to me, and none of them were particularly likable. It’s hard to love a story when you don’t care about the characters. I wish that the women had more pleasing characteristics. *Of course, with a story like this, there are moments that seem implausible. I had a couple of issues with things stretching believability. *I couldn’t figure out why Whitney, the bride, was nothing more than a mention. She doesn’t show up in the story at all. I thought that was strange. *The plot gets a little too busy and muddled with all the side stories and problems going on. It get to be a little much. Pretty Guilty Women is a book that will draw you in with it’s interesting story method and starting revelations. This book presents four unique women dealing with a quandary of problems, including a murder. I was caught up in the suspense and the secrets. However, the big thing that held this one back for me was that I couldn’t connect with any of the characters as they are all rather selfish. Still it was a book that kept me entertained throughout. If you like messy, drama filled mysteries this is one to try. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joelle Egan

    Detective Ramone is faced with a unique dilemma as he seeks to uncover a murderer-he has too many confessors to the crime and each insist they acted alone. Gina Lamanna's newest offering, Pretty Guilty Women, is buoyed by the wake of other popular thrillers that feature wealthy but troubled women fighting back against oppressive partners. Lamanna's version consists of a series of police interviews with the copious witnesses, followed by short chapters containing that character's contribution to Detective Ramone is faced with a unique dilemma as he seeks to uncover a murderer-he has too many confessors to the crime and each insist they acted alone. Gina Lamanna's newest offering, Pretty Guilty Women, is buoyed by the wake of other popular thrillers that feature wealthy but troubled women fighting back against oppressive partners. Lamanna's version consists of a series of police interviews with the copious witnesses, followed by short chapters containing that character's contribution to the unspooling storyline. The women in the book are portrayed as angry and powerful in dealing with the men that they are paired who are presented as either completely ineffectual or dangerous. The action takes place in a "closed room" set-up: an elite spa hosting a lavish destination wedding weekend where the murder inconveniently occurs. The main characters are connected by family ties and/or college friendships, all rife with conflict and resentment. Themes include domestic violence, infertility struggles, parental challenges, substance abuse, and resistance to female oppression. These topics have been extensively explored recently in a variety of ways, and it would be a challenge for anyone seeking to present a fresh perspective in an overcrowded and talented field. Lamanna's prior well-loved mystery series are typically more cozy and romance-infused, and that sensibility is apparent here, but it doesn't quite fit the weighty topics she is trying to address. Pretty Guilty Women contains some pulse-raising moments that make it worth the quick time it takes to read, but other contemporary works have already covered this ground-and have done so to greater effect. Thanks to the author and Sourcebooks for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tonja

    Fans of Big Little Lies will will enjoy this murder mystery! Instead of a beach town setting Pretty Guilty Women takes place at Serenity Spa and Resort. Four college friends come together for a week of activities leading up to the extravagant Banks wedding. The story begins as detective Ramone interviews each of the women, who are all confessing to the same crime. Not only do we not know who the murderer is but we do not know who has been murdered! In between interviews the reader gets to know e Fans of Big Little Lies will will enjoy this murder mystery! Instead of a beach town setting Pretty Guilty Women takes place at Serenity Spa and Resort. Four college friends come together for a week of activities leading up to the extravagant Banks wedding. The story begins as detective Ramone interviews each of the women, who are all confessing to the same crime. Not only do we not know who the murderer is but we do not know who has been murdered! In between interviews the reader gets to know each of the women. As is often the case, buried beneath appearances of "the perfect life" are secrets and heartbreak. Ginger is the mom of three struggling to communicate with her changing teenage daughter. Emily is hiding deep dark secrets and attempting to drown them with alcohol. Kate looks like a super model and has everything but the one thing she wants the most. And lastly, LuLu who after multiple marriages has found her soulmate and is in fear of losing him. I really enjoyed the theme of relationships woven throughout the story, whether it be friendship, romance or between mothers and children. Most of all it's a reminder that we really never know what others are going through. Thanks you to booksparks for the ARC.

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