A dark tale inspired by a true case encountered by the author as a police beat reporter follows the experiences of a young victim of domestic violence whose memory is further compromised by community perceptions.
Set in a rural community steeped in silence and denial, So Much Pretty explores all parentsâ€™ greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it also examines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someone else? The disappearance and murder of nineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist Stacy Flynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secrets and convictions. After Wendyâ€™s body is found, Flynnâ€™s intense crusade to expose a killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendyâ€™s in a spellbinding and unexpected clima