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A spellbinding psychological debut novel, Swan Huntley’s We Could Be Beautiful is the story of a wealthy woman who has everything—and yet can trust no one.

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, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting psychological thriller…takes you inside the world of Manhattan’s elite—and keeps you on tenterhooks.”


  • “A sparkling dark romance…Huntley strings you blissfully along (like a great con man)…right up until that epic twist.”


  • “Huntley’s uncanny ability to detect the fault lines in Manhattan’s glitterati as if flaws in a precious diamond—and make us laugh about them.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Quite the psychological thriller that keeps readers on edge wondering how far Catherine will go and how much she’ll sacrifice for the truth…Brilliantly exposes the life of an affluent family and what greed, lies and wealth can do to them.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Love, money, and secrets collide in this intoxicating debut novel…Will make your head swirl.”


  • “Stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit. It is more than a classic psychological thriller: it is also a haunting—and weirdly moving—portrait of love and family among Manhattan’s flailing upper crust. An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Cassandra Campbell voices Catherine with a slight Valley Girl cadence that emphasizes her immaturity and selfishness. As Catherine’s life with William begins to unravel, Campbell’s narration varies between tones of childish petulance and outright desperation, giving emotional heft to the novel’s many twists and red herrings. Her attention to character is excellent. With subtle vocal variations—from William’s formal delivery to the barely masked confusion of Catherine’s Alzheimer’s-stricken mother—she clearly depicts the cast without becoming cartoonish. A delicious read is buoyed by Campbell’s confident performance.”


  • A June 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • An O Magazine Pick for Summer Reading, 2016
  • A Travel+Leisure Magazine Pick for the Best Books to Read on Vacation This Summer
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Awesome Summer Reads
  • A People Pick of the Week
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