In Conversation with Erika Imranyi, Editor of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby
With momentum for Mary Kubica’s captivating debut thriller, The Good Girl, continuing to grow, and her follow up novel, Pretty Baby, out now in stores everywhere, we sat down with Mary’s editor, Erika Imranyi, for a brief Q&A.
How did you first come across Mary Kubica’s writing?
The Good Girl came across my desk the usual way, on submission through an agent. The pitch letter compared it to Gone Girl, which always makes me skeptical; every thriller these days claims to be the next Gone Girl. But once I started, I was completely hooked. Mary has a fresh and distinctive voice unlike any I’ve read, her characterizations are unmatched and she’s a brilliant plotter. I read the novel overnight and all I thought was I have to publish this book.
What were your first impressions when you read the manuscript for Mary’s new psychological thriller, Pretty Baby?
I remember finishing the first draft of Pretty Baby and thinking Wow. I was floored. The Good Girl was a great book, but with Pretty Baby Mary raised the bar another three feet. Reviewers have been calling the novel “hypnotic,” and that’s the perfect word to describe it. I found myself so completely immersed in the pages that I almost forgot I had to edit!
What will fans of The Good Girl most enjoy about Pretty Baby?
Everything! I think what readers loved about The Good Girl were the flawed but relatable characters and unpredictable plot twists. Mary keeps readers emotionally invested and on their toes until the very last page. If that’s what readers are looking for in Pretty Baby, then they won’t be disappointed. This book is full of surprises, emotional entanglements and a riveting story that is nothing short of astonishing. I still can’t get the final scenes out of my head.
A chance encounter. An unrelenting web of lies…
Don’t miss Pretty Baby, available now, wherever books are sold.
About Pretty Baby:
A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, 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. Disheveled 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 starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
About The Good Girl:
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.