So Pretty It Hurts is loosely based on the theme of a murder weekend mystery, featuring a group of guests invited to the country home of a rich and famous record producer. Most of the guests are amongst the rich and famous (or at least the periphery), including super models, a rock star, a writer, an agent and his wife, two women from a celebrity gossip magazine, and the assorted housekeepers, personal assistants, and other staff. An unexpected snowstorm strands the party at the country home, forcing the group to spend more time together than planned.
One of the guests from the celebrity gossip magazine is actually a true crime writer, and the heroine of So Pretty It Hurts, Bailey Weggins. Sensitive to atmosphere and the tense personal relationships amongst the group, Bailey is quick to observe everyone's behavior and actions. When one of the models dies unexpectedly, followed by a power failure, Bailey's thoughts immediately turn to potential murder and motives.
Once she returns to New York City, Bailey suspects that someone has capitalized on the model's anorexia and what appears to be an accidental death is actually murder. As Bailey tries to uncover the truth through research and interviews, she becomes caught up in a web of deceit and trickery that threatens her career and eventually, her life.
So Pretty It Hurts builds tension through several near resolutions of the crime, exposing the weaknesses and obsessions of several characters before finally revealing the perpetrators for a crime subtler than the reader has perhaps expected.
The sixth Bailey Wiggins mystery, So Pretty It Hurts is a story that mixes mostly fun with a few tense moments. The only part of the book I did not enjoy was Bailey's immature relationship with her new boyfriend, Beau. Bailey's approach to this romance seemed out of character, and distracted from the overall story. Otherwise, So Pretty It Hurts is an amusing and enjoyable mystery story.