You’ll relate to Heidi from Pretty Baby if you’ve ever hankered for a baby.
I’m blessed with a little boy and a little girl, a perfect pigeon pair. So I should be satisfied. Certainly, from a practical and financial perspective it doesn’t make sense to have another baby. Medically, it’s inadvisable. I had a difficult birth with Emmarose. Yet I yearn to hold a baby again. I don’t want just any child, though. I want to cuddle my own baby.
Like Heidi, I adored the first few months of my children’s lives. I could spend hours gazing at their chubby cheeks, translucent eyelids and tiny mouths that smiled one minute and quivered with outrage the next. It’s hard to resist that milky newborn scent. Best of all, I loved nursing time when it was just the two of us, nestled in a rocking hair.
All these sentiments tethered me to Heidi’s obsession over Baby Ruby, the child of a homeless girl Heidi had invited into her home. Heidi’s dream of a big family was snuffed by a tragic illness, making her barren. But she never stopped pining for another baby, eventually losing her sanity in the process. As a single woman, I would have found Heidi’s fixation incomprehensible. I would have wondered why she wanted another baby so much when she already had one daughter. It’s not as though she was childless, I would have scoffed. I might have even stopped reading Pretty Baby after a few chapters. But as a mother, I felt nothing but compassion for Heidi’s spiral into criminal delusions in her quest to possess Baby Ruby.
The following blurb for Pretty Baby is taken from Audible:
A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national best-selling author Mary Kubica.
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Dishevelled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal – or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What begins as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.