Release Date - January 18, 2022
Thursday, February 3, 2022
I don't really know what to think of Such a Pretty Smile. I don't know that I loved it, but I didn't hate it. That said, I did struggle to finish it.
It's 2019 and girls in a close-knit community are turning up dead. Not only is there a murderer out there, but the murderer brutalizes these girls. Caroline, mother to 13-year-old Lila, is terrified. You see, Caroline has been keeping something from Lila for all of Lila's life.
Fifteen years ago, Caroline was hearing things that didn't seem to be there. With those sounds of snarling dogs and images of snapping teeth, Caroline goes into a fugue state where she created to create graphic, stunning works of art. She believes the stress of caring for her father and dealings with insomnia is to blame. Yet, there's something else at play, even if Caroline doesn't realize it. Her therapist's answer is to take pills to help her manage her symptoms of mental illness, but is that enough?
I love horror novels, but this one never grabbed me. It was creepy and definitely put chills up my spine, but I think I'd resolved it early on, and even then there is so much ambiguity that as I finished the novel, I wondered if I'd missed something. It went from a story that I thought should grab me into one that left me thinking "meh." By the time I finished the book, I wondered if I'd wasted my time as it felt incomplete.
I know others loved Such a Pretty Smile. For me, it started strong and fizzled out.
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