Beautiful bad / Annie Ward.

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      Summary: "Maddie and Ian's love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo. From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime."-- Provided by publisher.
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      WARD, A. N. Beautiful bad. [s. l.]: Park Row Books, 2019. ISBN 9780778369103. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 maio. 2020.
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      Ward AN. Beautiful Bad. Park Row Books; 2019. Accessed May 28, 2020.
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      Ward, A. N. (2019). Beautiful bad. Park Row Books.
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      Ward, Annie Nigh. 2019. Beautiful Bad. Park Row Books.
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      Ward, A. N. (2019) Beautiful bad. Park Row Books. Available at: (Accessed: 28 May 2020).
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      Ward, AN 2019, Beautiful bad, Park Row Books, viewed 28 May 2020, .
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      Ward, Annie Nigh. Beautiful Bad. Park Row Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Ward, Annie Nigh. Beautiful Bad. Park Row Books, 2019.
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      Ward AN. Beautiful bad [Internet]. Park Row Books; 2019 [cited 2020 May 28]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2

Travel-writer Maddie met soldier-of-fortune Ian almost 20 years ago in the war-ravaged Balkans. After a lengthy and tumultuous relationship, they are now married and living the family life. But when Maddie begins a writing-therapy program after an accident leaves her face badly scarred, we are drawn into her burgeoning paranoia—Or are her fears legitimate?—based on Ian's erratic behavior. This is a well-constructed thriller with strong appeal for millennials, but the premise seems a bit contrived. Although we are taken artfully through a no-one-is-who-you-think-they-are—and, most likely, no-one-is-who-they-think-they-are—narrative, the idea that two badly damaged people who "filled up rooms with their worldliness, their big words, and their general aura of disdain" would expect to find contentment in simple domesticity off the beaten path in Kansas strains credulity, even before murder comes to farm country. Still, the brilliantly conceived and presented conclusion would do Patricia Highsmith proud. Expect plenty of promotion, too, as this debut novel is being advertised as 2019's The Woman in the Window. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 February #1

In 2001, Jo and Maddie are best friends living abroad in exciting (if somewhat dangerous) circumstances. When Ian, an attractive and dashing British army bodyguard, enters the scene, a subtle change creeps into Jo and Maddie's easy friendship. Ian and Jo have a barely hidden animosity, but no one will tell Maddie why. As Maddie gets closer to Ian, she disregards Jo's warnings about him and increasingly pushes her friend away. Nearly two decades later, Maddie and Ian are married with an adorable and precocious toddler, Charlie. A mysterious camping accident leaves Maddie scarred physically and emotionally, which leads her to begin writing therapy. Through Maddie's sessions she starts to realize secrets and emotions that were buried for years, and then she recalls a vicious murder. Ward (The Making of June) uses each chapter as a way to guide readers through the beginning of the relationships of Maddie, Jo, and Ian, usually through Maddie's point of view. Some chapters skip forward to the "Day of the Killing," divulging enough information to pique readers' interest but also to keep them guessing. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy suspense novels or thrillers, as well as fans of Paula Hawkins, Ruth Ware, and Liane Moriarty.—Jennifer Funk, McKendree Univ. Lib., Lebanon, IL

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 January #1

This harrowing psychological thriller from Ward (The Making of June) begins with an aborted 911 call originating from the home that Ian and Maddie Wilson share with their three-year-old son, Charlie. Meadowlark, Kans., police officer Diane Varga responds to find the house silent, the phone smashed, and the kitchen bloody. Scenes detailing Varga's search of the residence and the ensuing investigation alternate with flashbacks from Maddie and Ian's perspectives. The couple chronicles the last 12 weeks, during which Ian was working private security in Nigeria and Maddie was in therapy for anxiety. They also reflect on key moments from their tumultuous courtship, starting with the couple's first meeting in the war-torn Balkans, where Maddie was a Fulbright scholar and Ian served in the British military. Ward takes her time revealing what tragedy transpired in the present, heightening suspense and maximizing her devastating conclusion's emotional impact. Evocative descriptions and strong senses of time and place complement the intricate, intelligent plot, which shocks and chills while thoughtfully examining trauma's toll on people and their relationships. Agent: Madeleine Milburn, Madeleine Milburn Literary (U.K.). (Mar.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.