Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. She sees her personal trainer, she gets weekly massages, and occasionally she visits her mother and sister on the Upper East Side, but after two broken engagements and boyfriends who wanted only her money, she is haunted by the fear that she'll never have a family of her own.
One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated and elegant and even has a personal connection - his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer's), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth's old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads, "We cannot trust anyone...."
Is William lying about his past? And if so, is Catherine willing to sacrifice their beautiful life in order to find the truth?
Featuring a fascinating heroine who longs for answers but is blinded by her own privilege, We Could Be Beautiful is a glittering, seductive, utterly surprising story of love, money, greed, and family.
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By JK907 on 01-07-16
fairly complete & satisfying
First, it's important to note that the main character quite unlikable, there were points in the story when I would say out loud things such as "get over yourself already". I am sure this is intentional but it got a bit much at times. I say the story is compete because I didn't feel left hanging at any instance. I think the story builds well and the character development was very good. The pace was good especially considering how long it is. There were a few unlikely scenarios that seemed hard to believe but it the author worked them well into the plot as a whole. The plot twists are juicy so that holds interest very well. This is better than a lot of similar books with confusingly higher ratings. Lastly, the narrator does a good job of playing the different genders.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Carol on 10-07-16
A Stunningly Bad Book
From the lame plot, to the dreadful, unlikeable, one dimensional characters, to the shallow structure and poor dialogue, this truly amateurish attempt at a book wins a prize. Just awful.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful