Ronnie Turner: So Pretty

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for So Pretty. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.

Blurb:

Fear blisters through this town like a fever…

When Teddy Colne arrives in the small town of Rye, he believes he will be able to settle down and leave his past behind him. Little does he know that fear blisters through the streets like a fever. The locals tell him to stay away from an establishment known only as Berry & Vincent, that those who rub too closely to its proprietor risk a bad end.

Despite their warnings, Teddy is desperate to understand why Rye has come to fear this one man, and to see what really hides behind the doors of his shop.

Ada moved to Rye with her young son to escape a damaged childhood and years of never fitting in, but she’s lonely, and ostracised by the community. Ada is ripe for affection and friendship, and everyone knows it.

As old secrets bleed out into this town, so too will a mystery about a family who vanished fifty years earlier, and a community living on a knife edge.

Teddy looks for answers, thinking he is safe, but some truths are better left undisturbed, and his past will find him here, just as it has always found him before. And before long, it will find Ada too.

Review:

Every now and again, a book comes along and you know almost straight away that no matter what you write in your review, you will never be able to do it justice. So Pretty is one of these books. 

I read the author’s debut back in 2018. I enjoyed it, but So Pretty is on a completely different level. Her use of language is absolutely wonderful and I love the phrases and metaphors she uses to describe even the simplest things. I was immersed in the story immediately and I could not tear myself away. 

So Pretty is not an easy read by any means and the author does an absolutely stellar job of building the atmosphere and making the reader feel claustrophobic and uncomfortable. It evoked some incredibly visceral reactions in me. 
I will have all the characters in So Pretty on my mind for a very long time.

So Pretty is available from Amazon.

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