Monday 2 January 2023

Book ~ "Pretty Revenge" (2019) Emily Liebert

From Goodreads ~ Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course - the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.

Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is flourishing. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past.

No one, that is, except Kerrie. 

Kerrie and Jordan were neighbours in a small town in Connecticut. Kerrie was 12 years old and watched Jordan, who was 17, and wanted to be friends but Jordan didn't know she existed. One night, the only night they ever met, Kerrie saved Jordan's life. While Jordan was grateful, things happened that night to make Kerrie regret it and vowed to get revenge ever since.

Eighteen years later, Jordan is now Jordana, living in New York City, is married to a rich husband and has a successful wedding conciege business. Kerrie is still in Connecticut and struggling. When she sees Jordana being interviewed, she vows to get revenge on what happened that night 18 years ago. She moves to New York City, becomes Olivia and manages to get the position of Jordana's assistant and gaining her trust and friendship, and sees that Jordana's life isn't as great as she'd like you to think. Olivia starts her plan by sabotaging Jordana and her business without Jordana suspecting a thing.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I thought it was okay. It is written is first person perspective in Kerrie/Olivia and Jordan/Jordana's voices (the chapters are labelled). Most of the story takes place in present day but it does bounce back to the past so we can eventually find out why Kerrie/Olivia is seeking revenge. The ending came together quickly and was a bit unbelievable. As a head's up, there is swearing and adult activity.

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