The Pretty One by Clare Boyd / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @clareboydclark


Nell is the perfect child; more beautiful and more likeable and more loveable than me. If my pretty little sister never came home again, I’d finally be free from the terrible secret we share…

Anna is a wonderful mother. She gave up a career she loved to stay home with her children and her kind, polite daughters, Nell and Ivy, are a credit to her. As is Bay, her stepdaughter, whom Anna adores as much as her own two girls. But everything changes the day Anna’s middle daughter’s beauty catches the eye of a stranger in a café…

Quiet, sensitive Nell doesn’t want to have her face on a billboard for all to see. But she knows her family desperately needs the money, and perhaps it would be nice to have her mother’s full attention for the first time since Bay arrived? Could this be the escape from her stepsister’s twisted games Nell has been longing for?

But the moment Nell steps in front of a camera, the devastating secret she and Bay have been keeping breaks the surface – and the bonds of this close-knit family forever. But with both Nell and Bay insisting they’re innocent, can either girl really be trusted?

As Anna’s perfect blended family unravels around her, she is forced to pick a side. To save one daughter, Anna must betray another. Choosing the wrong girl will be more dangerous than anyone could ever have imagined…




What happens when you tell the truth and no one believes you? Because you are the stronger one, you must be the bad one, right? So no way you are telling like it is. You are treated to punishment, while the frail one is getting the cuddles.

What good does it when someone says sorry and meaning at that specific moment, but forgetting all about it soon after and it starts all over again?

How many times can you find it in your heart to forgive that person, put your arms around them and say you love them to get it thrown back in your face once more?

You share something with them and they are jealous. You don’t share and they feel left out.

Forgetting all those things is what is on your mind. The only problem is that you pick the wrong things to lose yourself in and you know it, but it needs a devastating event to turn everything around and upside down.

It felt like the worst thing, but was it really?

A dark story with some shocking revelations and lots of manipulations. Sometimes you forget how cruel people can be …

A very enjoyable read with a peek behind the scenes of the life of models. 4 stars

Thank you, Clare Boyd and Bookouture.


About the author

Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.


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