The name of the game is revenge – no matter the cost in Emily Lieberts’ new novel PRETTY REVENGE (GalleryBooks). Think: The Wife Between Us meets The Perfect Nanny. YUMMY!
Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course—the night she was irrevocably wronged by her former idol. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.
Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is thriving. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past.
No one, that is, except Kerrie.
Exploring just how far someone will go for vengeance, Pretty Revenge is a riveting, compulsively readable novel bursting with mind-bending twists and turns and plenty of suspense.
We got to ask Emily some questions about PRETTY REVENGE and her writing.
- “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” What’s so compelling about reading about a character get revenge?
I think revenge is a dish best served hot & spicy! I also believe that, if you’ve been wronged by someone, the desire for revenge is relatable and it’s satisfying to read about a character who sees through her plot for vengeance and gets everything she feels she deserved (or does she?).
- In your research, did you discover there’s a certain type of person that’s willing to do anything to get revenge?
I’m not sure there is a specific type of person who seeks revenge. I think most people have the capability within them, depending on how badly they were mistreated. In order for someone to be willing to do anything, well, that would have to be a pretty major betrayal.
- Secrets and lies, always a good theme? How do they fit into PRETTY REVENGE?
Secrets and lies are the best themes! They drive the momentum of the plot and keep readers guessing. There’s no shortage of secrets and lies in PRETTY REVENGE. Kerrie & Jordana—the two protagonists—both change their identities in order to manipulate people and their hidden pasts tie directly into Kerrie’s mission to ruin Jordana’s “perfect” life.
- “Having it all. Or the appearance of having is all.” Why do readers love to read about character’s having it all and then losing it?
“Having it all” is both aspirational and inspirational. It allows readers to dream of a world that they’ll never be a part of, because it’s fictional! But, in the same way that people build up celebrities and then tear them apart, no one can relate to a character without flaws. What goes up, must come down eventually.
- Female relationships – what’s your interest in highlighting the best and worst women’s friendships?
Female friendships are complex and multi-layered, which means there’s a lot to sink my teeth into. When I write my books, my goal is to create characters who are true to life, with an added dose of drama, and that means exploring the good, the bad, and the very worst. The latter is often the most fun!
- What are you working on next? Anything you’ve like to ad?
I just finished writing my summer 2020 novel, which is another psychological thriller. Soon I’ll start on a manuscript for 2021, which sounds so far off, but not in the publishing industry! There are also plans in the works to bring some of my novels to the small and big screen, which is very exciting!
USA Today bestselling author Emily Liebert was born and raised in New York City. She attended Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.
Emily is the author of five novels: YOU KNEW ME WHEN (2013), WHEN WE FALL (2014), THOSE SECRETS WE KEEP (2015), and SOME WOMEN (2016), all with Penguin Random House.
In addition to writing novels, Emily pens a travel and books column in each issue of Westport Magazine, for which she’s the Books Correspondent. She also teaches Pure Barre classes and enjoys traveling and cooking. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two sons, Jax and Hugo, in Westport, CT. You can find her at www.emilyliebert.com.
Thanks to Emily and Gallery Books, we have two copies of PRETTY REVENGE to giveaway. Just tell us a time you wanted revenge on something. (You don’t have to get too personal) We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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