Pretty Girls Dancingby Published 01 Jan 2018
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Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life—a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It’s ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer’s identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards’ long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another: Kelsey Willard herself. Dead or alive, she is his last hope.
"Pretty Girls Dancing" Reviews
A sub-par, slow burn crime procedural that fails to deliver a compelling, twisted thriller as it is marketed as. However, for what the story was, it kept my attention , which is definitely a plus in my book.
Hold on to your hats, Mystery Readers. People who like creepy and suspense, you might want to, too. Kylie Brant weaves an intricate plot, in which she tries something out of the norm from her other thrillers. Labeling several POV characters, throughout Pretty Girls Dancing, she lets you into their lives with deep point of view writing, which after only a few pages, I could not put down. By the time I finished this book, I could have sworn these people were real.
Ms. Brant writes superb teenage characters and if you like YA, you will be drawn in as well. She creates an unlikely cast of down-and-out heroes you'll be following throughout the book. (Guess the teacher and mother of five knows these people.)
In Pretty Girls Dancing, no one is one hundred percent good and no one is one hundred percent bad -- well..... I don't do spoilers. But the list of suspects is long, which is why I say mystery readers will LOVE this.
I read for emotion and to see good triumph over evil. In Pretty Girls Dancing, Kylie Brant delivers. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and I gladly give it five stars for its uniqueness, scintillating writing and twists and turns I never saw coming.
Wow, just wow. Pretty Girls Dancing was my first book by Kylie Brant. I picked it up as I'm into my mysteries at the moment and also it was on kindle unlimited. I'll be honest, more often than not with Kindle Unlimited I find I can be a bit disappointed with mystery books. I don't love books with heavy police plots and most of them are like that. Still I went into Pretty Girls Dancing with an open mind and I'm glad I did.
I read this over 3 sittings. The first 30% was a little slow for me in some ways. With a story told from multi points of view it was in that initial third we were learning those characters voices, gaining back ground information and having the story set up for us. I had concerns as this story was told from a lot of points of view. Mostly from the Willard family; Claire (The mother), David (The father) and Janie Their daughter). The Willard's lost their daughter Kelsey 7 years earlier when she was abducted but no body was ever found. The book opens with Whitney (Another voice in the story) meeting a boy. Its a nice chilling opening chapter and you know its not going to end well (That's not a spoiler I should add). Then there is Mark at the BCI who is investigating the case. So as you can see, there's a few characters there who tell this story. All different. I can't say whether I liked them or not in honesty. In the opening Claire drove me nuts. I didn't mind David and found Janie's 'disability' (Really? That's what we are calling it? Sorry I just didn't get that at all) at times hard because it meant I never got a real feel of who she is with her being so quiet and having few interactions with peers etc.
The story picks up in the middle with the investigation and secrets are prominent. Do not expect this book to give you much till the last third. Yes you can work some stuff out, but its a book that takes a lot and doesn't give you much.
The last 30% flies by, literally! There's a good buildup to the climax and I admit I had suspicions (Which I'll kind of go into in a moment) but was wrong. You will wonder who you can trust, who is lying and how reliable the accounts are you are being told. Be prepared to be led around the houses! The ending worked (To a degree) and I felt all ends were tied up, bar one.
Right, here is why after reading this book and thoroughly enjoying it I'm not giving it 5 stars. When you get the BIG reveal and find out who the 'bad person' is. I then looked at all my other personal suspects. I just didn't feel it made sense. This is hard to explain without actually saying stuff that will give away the plot. But my issue was the 'connections'. There I'll leave it at that and I hope others who have read it will know what I mean.
That aside, this is a solid 4 star read. It's on kindle unlimited so if you subscribe then its a free read. Its worth paying for though too. I would happily have paid for this book as I did get a lot of enjoyment (Plus I love a good mystery) from it. I definitely will be looking at more of Kylie's work in the future.
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This is so bad and bland and poorly constructed, when you find out whodunnit, you're like...who? Because the big reveal ends up revealing a person who has a handful of pages of dialogue and a boring name that sounds like every other male name in the book. Thank crap I read this on kindle and could later go back and search the name because I literally did not remember him ever coming up. And when I went back to check it out, I didn't remember the conversation/part of the book at all. And when I re-read all of it to kickstart my memory, I was like...him?
Seriously words don't describe how disappointing this book is. You see murder and ballet in the description and it's everything you can hope for and dream of, but it ends up being very little of both mixed in with a whole lot of blah.
Whitney, a young teen is missing, reminiscent of Kelsey a girl who vanished seven years ago.
Told from the third person points of view of Kelsey’s parents and younger sister, as well as Whitney and a detective investigating both cases as linked to a serial killer, PRETTY GIRLS DANCING is a story with a great premise and lackluster execution.
Kelsey’s sister Janie, who suffered from selective mutism and extreme anxiety was the most interesting character in the story. Despite her challenges she had the most moxie and personality. The other characters felt somewhat cliché.
The story moved at a snail’s pace, lacking the tension I should have felt. PRETTY GIRLS DANCING had its share of plausible suspects, the perp proved to be the least interesting. The ending left me feeling meh.
I chose PRETTY GIRLS DANCING as my free Kindle first choice for December. It wasn’t a terrible read, just below average and forgettable.