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Pub Date 01 Mar 2023
Thomas & Mercer
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers


In this chilling story from USA Today bestselling author Margot Hunt, a mother and daughter try to start over in an idyllic town only to get caught up in cliques, mind games…and murder.

After the sudden death of her husband, Kate Turner is looking for a fresh start for herself and her teenage daughter, Alex. They relocate to the beachside town of Shoreham, Florida, where all is not as sunny as it seems.

Although Kate makes fast friends with a trio of fellow moms, their daughters take an instant dislike to Alex, who attempts to document their bullying in her video diary. Kate brushes off Alex’s concerns—until she receives a series of chilling warnings about the clique of moms from other parents and neighbors. As it becomes harder for her to ignore the malicious undercurrent she senses among her new friends, Kate grows increasingly unsure of who to believe—and who to trust.

As small-town gossip weaves a harrowing web of jealousy, deceit, and betrayal, Kate and Alex discover that whether you’re in or out, the status quo can turn on you deadly fast.

Adele’s Review:

Margot Hunt gives us a fresh take on Mean Girls with her terrific thriller Lovely Girls. The story is riveting! The novel is well-written and expertly plotted and paced. Protagonists Kate and Alex are a mother-daughter duo struggling with grief while adjusting to life in a new town. They are likeable women we can empathize with and root for. As I turned the pages, I could hardly wait to find out what happened next. We know bad things are going to happen, and the build-up of tension lets us know things will be very, very bad, indeed. Fortunately, the author brings levity to the story with a budding romance we can get behind while we anticipate the darker plot twists. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A recommended read.

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