If someone ruined your life, how far would you go to seek revenge? This question is the premise of Emily Liebert’s latest novel and debut thriller, “Pretty Revenge,” which was published on July 2.
Eighteen years after Jordan destroyed Kerrie’s life, Kerrie sees her on TV and remembers the trauma from her childhood all over again. Seeing Jordan — now rebranded as Jordana — on TV talking about how she’s looking for an assistant for her crème de la crème wedding concierge business to help her plan the wedding of the century provides Kerrie with everything she needs to know to seek vengeance on Jordana. In “Pretty Revenge,” Kerrie trades Connecticut for Manhattan, makes herself over and recreates herself as Olivia to become Jordana’s assistant and blow up her life.
When explaining “Pretty Revenge,” Liebert said Kerrie had always looked up to her neighbor Jordan for being a pretty, older girl on the street. After Kerrie witnesses an incident through the window at Jordan’s house, Kerrie decides to help the older girl.
“When Jordan stays over that night, she steals something and sets something into motion that she doesn’t do intentionally, but she ruins Kerrie’s life and throws her off course,” she said.
Liebert said she was inspired to write “Pretty Revenge” because she wanted to try something new. The Westport author said her previous books (“You Knew Me When,” “Facebook Fairytales,” “When We Fall,” “Those Secrets We Keep” and “Some Women”) focused on female friendships and romantic relationships.
“I wanted to write something edgier and came up with the idea of getting revenge on someone who did something to you and that nugget kept spiraling. I loved the idea of seeing something through a window, I could walk around my neighborhood and I could witness something through a window; I liked that so I decided to put them together,” Liebert said.