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Pretty Things

A Novel

By Janelle Brown
Narrated by Julia Whelan, Lauren Fortgang & Hillary Huber / 16 hours 6 minutes
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Pretty Things

“Nina is a grifter. She was trained by the best - her mother. Nina meets handsome Lachlan, another con artist, through her mother. Nina and Lachlan become a con artist dream team. Nina gives most of her swindled money to her Mother for cancer treatment. Their "mark" is Vanessa, a very popular beauty and fashion Instagrammer. Vanessa also happens to be an heiress and lives in a mansion with a guest house on the property. Unbeknownst to Vanessa, Nina has a history with her family. Nina and Lachlan ease themselves into Vanessa's life by renting the guest cottage. The three become quite friendly and Vanessa radiates in the attention that Nina and Lachlan bestow upon her. It is at this point, that the story takes off with breakneck speed. Fasten your seatbelt, because there are twists and turns aplenty. This book kept me guessing until the bitter end. The narration was done by two pros who did a top-notch job. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this book is for you.”

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Two wildly different women—one a grifter, the other an heiress—are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a page-turner from the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear.
 
An ID Book Club Selection • “Pretty Things is awesome. Simple as that. I loved every page. Janelle Brown is your new must-read author.”—Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Run Away
 
Nina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career. When that dream crashed, she turned to stealing from rich kids in L.A. alongside her wily Irish boyfriend, Lachlan. Nina learned from the best: Her mother was the original con artist, hustling to give her daughter a decent childhood despite their wayward life. But when her mom gets sick, Nina puts everything on the line to help her, even if it means running her most audacious, dangerous scam yet.
 
Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world. Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer—traveling the globe, receiving free clothes and products, and posing for pictures in exotic locales. But behind the covetable façade is a life marked by tragedy. After a broken engagement, Vanessa retreats to her family’s sprawling mountain estate, Stonehaven: a mansion of dark secrets not just from Vanessa’s past, but from that of a lost and troubled girl named Nina.
 
Nina’s, Vanessa’s, and Lachlan’s paths collide here, on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe, where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge.
 
This dazzling, twisty, mesmerizing novel showcases acclaimed author Janelle Brown at her best, as two brilliant, damaged women try to survive the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play.

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