So Pretty It Hurts. Finished audio 2-28-14, rating 3/5, mystery, pub. 2013
Unabridged audio 10 hours 36 minutes. Read by Renee Raudman
Bailey Weggins, the Manhattan-based thirtysomething true-crime journalist, is in a good place. She’s enjoying her regular gig at Buzz, a leading celebrity magazine, getting freelance work, and hoping her first book will garner attention. In the love department, she’s finally back in the game with her recently-turned-exclusive boyfriend, Beau Regan. When Beau heads out of town one early December weekend, Bailey accepts an invitation from her office friend Jessie to a music mogul’s house in the country, hoping for a fun, relaxing getaway. But a weird tension settles over the houseguests–a glamorous crowd that includes the famously thin supermodel Devon Barr. An impending snowstorm only adds to the unease. So when Devon’s lifeless body is found in her bed, Bailey immediately suspects foul play. When Bailey starts to nose around, she finds herself a moving target–running closer to the truth and straight into danger.
I fell in love with Bailey Weggins in 2008 and I read the first five books of the series within a year. Bailey has that cool New York City vibe, with the cool job, the great apartment with a view, and hunky men falling in line. She writes about true-crime and most often seems to be right in the middle of it. If I were Bailey I wouldn’t worry so much about solving the murders as I would hiring a bodyguard to keep dead bodies and murderers far away. I’m not sure I like the stories as much as I like Bailey.
Bailey is invited for a weekend out the city where she gets a chance to party with some big players in the music and modeling biz. Not surprisingly, one of them ends up dead. A freak snowstorm keeps them all together in the country long enough for some more nefarious shenanigans and Bailey is hot on the scent of a new murder. Once back in the city she must wade throught the multitude of suspects (ok, maybe just 8 or so) because the cops don’t think it was murder. And her beau Beau comes back and wants more of a commitment. And she’s been suspended from her job at the magazine for making threats. And she finds herself in more than one deadly situation. Bailey is a busy girl.
Bailey made too many conscious decisions that put her in harm’s way for me. That coupled with her insecure reactions to Beau and she felt more like a green around the ears 20-something, not a professional in her 30’s who has seen more of her share of dead people and had more of her share of relationships. Maybe I was expecting too much out of Bailey since it’s been so long.
I think this could easily be read as a standalone. It might even be better actually.
I checked the audio out of the library and thought Renee Raudman did a great narration.