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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 b 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.

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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 b 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.

30 review for Pretty Girls Dancing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Pretty Girls Dancing was an engrossing mystery/suspense. It caught my attention right away, and held my interest all the way through. Most of the characters were flawed, but I really liked a few of them. Others, not so much. I throughly enjoyed the book and would love to see it turn into a series with Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster as the lead character. This book opens with the abduction of a teenager, Whitney DeVries. Mark Foster is sent in to work the case of Whitney D Pretty Girls Dancing was an engrossing mystery/suspense. It caught my attention right away, and held my interest all the way through. Most of the characters were flawed, but I really liked a few of them. Others, not so much. I throughly enjoyed the book and would love to see it turn into a series with Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster as the lead character. This book opens with the abduction of a teenager, Whitney DeVries. Mark Foster is sent in to work the case of Whitney DeVries. In order to be thorough, he re-examines evidence and witnesses in the abduction of Kelsey Willard seven years earlier from a nearby town. Before long, he finds some commonalities in their cases and possible links to others that make him question whether the two kidnappings could be the work of a longtime serial killer. Kelsey's parents, Claire and David, are keeping secrets that could have hampered the investigation into her disappearance, and it looks like Whitney's father may have his own secrets. Kelsey's teenaged sister, Janie, who has long suffered from selective mutism due to social anxiety, becomes interested in the abduction of Whitney and gathers information that starts to break the case open for Mark. As the investigation deepens and secrets begin to come to light, Mark must figure out the ties between the two cases if he has a chance to save Whitney before it's too late. This was a great suspense! I really liked the investigator, Mark Foster, kidnap victim Whitney DeVries, and the sister of another victim, Janie Willard. The storyline was fast paced and had plenty of action. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    TL

    *I got a free copy via Amazon First Reads (if I typed the new name wrong, please let me know) *previously known as Kindle First* All my opinions are my own:). ---- 2.5 stars... Decent story. It was slow-paced but still kept me interested throughout the whole thing. Janie, Mark, and Whitney were the best drawn of the characters in the story. Everyone else felt underdeveloped. The reveal of the Perp was anti-climatic for me and felt like it came out of left field. For me, at least. I'll give the auth *I got a free copy via Amazon First Reads (if I typed the new name wrong, please let me know) *previously known as Kindle First* All my opinions are my own:). ---- 2.5 stars... Decent story. It was slow-paced but still kept me interested throughout the whole thing. Janie, Mark, and Whitney were the best drawn of the characters in the story. Everyone else felt underdeveloped. The reveal of the Perp was anti-climatic for me and felt like it came out of left field. For me, at least. I'll give the author this, it was clever but could have been better done. Someone mentioned this a "dark thriller" Didn't it myself personally, yes it twisted in some places but it didn't feel any more so than other thrillers I've read (Maybe I just haven't read enough of em haha) *shrugs* Recommend? Unsure, but glad I got to try this without wasting my money or gas (not meant in a bad way).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    2.5 wish it could have been better stars. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me. While its premise was good, that of a kidnapper/murderer/psychopath taking girls who were into ballet, the execution of this story was dull and at times haphazard. The book was presented by contrasting, in alternate chapters a family who lost their daughter seven years ago, not yet found, and a family just twelve miles away who have just lost their daughter. The chapters are presented in alternate voices and de 2.5 wish it could have been better stars. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me. While its premise was good, that of a kidnapper/murderer/psychopath taking girls who were into ballet, the execution of this story was dull and at times haphazard. The book was presented by contrasting, in alternate chapters a family who lost their daughter seven years ago, not yet found, and a family just twelve miles away who have just lost their daughter. The chapters are presented in alternate voices and details which connect the families, their secrets, and their present day lives. The police are convinced that this crime has been committed by a person who has taken many girls over the years, some of which have been found, being dressed in tutus and ballet attire. So, sorry to say for me the characters were flat, and what could have been an unusual topic for a thriller turned out to be just mediocre. Thank you to the author, the publisher, and netgalley for a digital copy of this novel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-copy of Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant from NetGalley for my honest review. This is an A++ Suspense novel. This book hooks you in from the first couple pages. This is a story of a young girl, Whitney, who was kidnapped 7 years ago and her body has still not been found. Now 7 years later, another girl, Kelsey is missing. The police believe both girls were taken by the Ten Mile Killer. This is a very tragic story that will pull on your heart strings, especially if you have I received a free e-copy of Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant from NetGalley for my honest review. This is an A++ Suspense novel. This book hooks you in from the first couple pages. This is a story of a young girl, Whitney, who was kidnapped 7 years ago and her body has still not been found. Now 7 years later, another girl, Kelsey is missing. The police believe both girls were taken by the Ten Mile Killer. This is a very tragic story that will pull on your heart strings, especially if you have children yourself. This novel was written with great characters and I thoroughly enjoyed how each character had their own version of what happened, truths, lies, secrets, etc. You get to hear how each character was affected by the kidnappings. Everyone has secrets!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Many years ago a young girl disappeared and even though a body was never found, she was presumed dead. Now another young girl has gone missing and the way to solve this case may be to take another look at the first case, opening up old wounds ... and finding secrets that have never been revealed. Told in various voices of a broken mother, a guilt-ridden father, the sister who has never stopped hoping, the victim, and the detective who must expose the secrets and lies inn order to find a killer. Ky Many years ago a young girl disappeared and even though a body was never found, she was presumed dead. Now another young girl has gone missing and the way to solve this case may be to take another look at the first case, opening up old wounds ... and finding secrets that have never been revealed. Told in various voices of a broken mother, a guilt-ridden father, the sister who has never stopped hoping, the victim, and the detective who must expose the secrets and lies inn order to find a killer. Kylie Brant is a well-known author who has never failed in well-written stories with convincible, engaging characters. This crime fiction's story line is crisp and riveting. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Not a bad read... for years girls have gone missing and then located dressed as ballerinas-their bodies posed like dancers. For seven years Janie Willard has lived through the hell of her sister being taken and never found. Her parents have drifted and she has a social anxiety that her sister’s disappearance didn’t help. When another young girl is kidnapped the last seven years come hurling back towards the Willard family only to rip and tear at them like a shark attack on the innocent. The endi Not a bad read... for years girls have gone missing and then located dressed as ballerinas-their bodies posed like dancers. For seven years Janie Willard has lived through the hell of her sister being taken and never found. Her parents have drifted and she has a social anxiety that her sister’s disappearance didn’t help. When another young girl is kidnapped the last seven years come hurling back towards the Willard family only to rip and tear at them like a shark attack on the innocent. The ending will leave you stunned... I never figured who the killer was... I kept guessing and the reveal completely took me by surprise.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette

    3 Stars for Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant. This mystery details the recent kidnapping of a teenager named Whitney, as well as the kidnapping of teen Kelsey that occurred seven years ago. The two kidnappings may or may not be the work of a serial killer that has never been identified. The book alternates between the point of view of Kelsey’s family members and the law enforcement officer in charge of the case. Brant creates very sympathetic characters in Janie and Claire, the younger sister 3 Stars for Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant. This mystery details the recent kidnapping of a teenager named Whitney, as well as the kidnapping of teen Kelsey that occurred seven years ago. The two kidnappings may or may not be the work of a serial killer that has never been identified. The book alternates between the point of view of Kelsey’s family members and the law enforcement officer in charge of the case. Brant creates very sympathetic characters in Janie and Claire, the younger sister and mother of Kelsey. Claire uses coping mechanisms that are nothing short of self-destructive and Janie becomes the parent in this relationship. Brant writes a compelling mystery though the story does begin to drag a bit around the 70% mark. However, the ending of the book came as a total surprise, which to me, is the sign of a worthy whodunnit. Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Kylie Brant for the ARC in exchange for an unbiased review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book

    I have read a lot of dark thrillers. I couldn't put this book down. I was sad and riveted. I needed to know who was this horrible killer. This book was different because...there was no light for me at the end of this tunnel, well there was a survivor. But what a tough look at the families of a victim. The utter nightmare that engulfs their lives. This book was very well written. This author is a talented voice in this genre. This is a book that will stay with me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Excellent! This is my first book by this author and I am eager to read more of her books! I found it started a little slow but as the book went on, I became more and more invested and engaged in the characters and the story. The last 70-80 pages I was on the edge of my seat! There were family secrets, betrayal and dysfunction all wrapped up in this suspenseful thriller! I highly recommend this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏

    1.5 STARS 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 challenge 1.5 STARS 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Xavier (CharlesXplosion)

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    When a young girl goes missing in a small Ohio town, Agent Mark Foster is put on the case. It is nearly impossible not to try to find similarities to another case of a missing girl from 7 years prior and only 12 miles away. (view spoiler)[ Foster gets a big break when the sister of the previous missing girl follows up on a lead she discovers through a friend. Unfortunately, it leads them to the body of her sister. All the new evidence allows Agent Foster to move the investigation in a new direct When a young girl goes missing in a small Ohio town, Agent Mark Foster is put on the case. It is nearly impossible not to try to find similarities to another case of a missing girl from 7 years prior and only 12 miles away. (view spoiler)[ Foster gets a big break when the sister of the previous missing girl follows up on a lead she discovers through a friend. Unfortunately, it leads them to the body of her sister. All the new evidence allows Agent Foster to move the investigation in a new direction, which eventually leads him to the killer and he is able to save a couple victims before they are killed. (hide spoiler)] While this book does involve the crime itself, it also focuses on how the families of the victims are changed for the worse after such a tragedy. More of the book is devoted to the internal emotions of each family member than the actual solving of the crime. I liked this book and could appreciate that aspect of it, and perhaps because the focus was on the internal struggles of the peripheral victims, I didn't guess the killer's identity accurately. Since I was surprised, I bumped up my rating from a 3 to 4 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alaina Meserole

    Pretty Girls Dancing was such a good audio book! Although towards the end when I got home I definitely switched to my kindle so I could read it. It had a ton of POV's and I definitely kept losing my place on who was speaking. Now the mystery throughout the book was so good! I kind of liked almost every character but I mostly just felt bad for them. Bad for Kelsey who disappeared a while ago. Her family has been broken before this event but it hasn't gotten better after either. I absolutely hated Pretty Girls Dancing was such a good audio book! Although towards the end when I got home I definitely switched to my kindle so I could read it. It had a ton of POV's and I definitely kept losing my place on who was speaking. Now the mystery throughout the book was so good! I kind of liked almost every character but I mostly just felt bad for them. Bad for Kelsey who disappeared a while ago. Her family has been broken before this event but it hasn't gotten better after either. I absolutely hated her dad because he didn't act like a father to his other kid or a husband to his wife. No, he was cheating on her for a while and of course Kelsey caught him in the act. Which again, made me suspect soooooo many people in this book because of so many little things or how the acted. Well, I never suspected the one person who did it though. Which means I would be a terrible detective. Other than her dad, she had her sister and her mom. Her sister, Janie was okay - but really nothing spectacular. Then there's her mom and I just felt so bad for her. The ending made me so proud of her because she finally opened her eyes and saw what her "husband" was doing. I WAS SO PROUD! Okay, besides Kelsey there was another victim Whitney. Once she was missing, Kelsey's cold case was reopened because everything kind of seemed to be the same MO. I liked Whitney a lot because she didn't give up on fighting for her life. Not saying Kelsey did.. but I didn't really get a lot from her POV. Overall, this book was interesting and kept me on my toes. I was a little bored in some parts and I honestly wanted to skip so much of David's parts because I hated him. I will definitely be looking into another book by this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hopkins

    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 r 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ~ SnS Reviews

    A psychological look into the lives of 5 people effected by a serial killer. When an already imperfect family suffers a devastating loss it shatters their foundation and causes irreparable damage. The mother, Claire Willard, a mental mess since her daughter Kelsey was taken 7 years ago. The younger sister, Janie who before her sister was taken suffered from a social anxiety and has struggled to keep her head above water even more since she went missing. And the father, David Willard who is rife A psychological look into the lives of 5 people effected by a serial killer. When an already imperfect family suffers a devastating loss it shatters their foundation and causes irreparable damage. The mother, Claire Willard, a mental mess since her daughter Kelsey was taken 7 years ago. The younger sister, Janie who before her sister was taken suffered from a social anxiety and has struggled to keep her head above water even more since she went missing. And the father, David Willard who is rife with guilt over something from the past. Mark Foster is a Special Agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, investigating the latest disappearance. He is also a father and husband whose dedication to his job with the Ohio BCI puts his marriage on the line. Whitney DeVries, is the latest victim taken by the Ten Mile Killer. She struggles to stay alive through his sick twisted games and gains strength from personal notes she is finding in her prison from the last girl that was there – Kelsey Willard. This was not a pretty story and for the most part is depressing. The human mind is such a fragile thing and once a crack forms it can bring even the toughest to their knees, and if they don't have the will to fight, can destroy them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Yet another mistake from the so-called privilege of being Amazon Prime member where they present one with horrendous book choice options and you have to rely on reviews by Amazon readers to make your horrendous choice. That's what I do each month. It's a ritual. Select something horrid that I am unable to read past the first two pages or so. Young girls being fooled by on-line predators and sneaking out of their bedroom windows to their deaths? Not so jolly. First New Year's Resolution - Ignore th Yet another mistake from the so-called privilege of being Amazon Prime member where they present one with horrendous book choice options and you have to rely on reviews by Amazon readers to make your horrendous choice. That's what I do each month. It's a ritual. Select something horrid that I am unable to read past the first two pages or so. Young girls being fooled by on-line predators and sneaking out of their bedroom windows to their deaths? Not so jolly. First New Year's Resolution - Ignore the Amazon emails insisting I select one of these monthly duds.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Blah. It took me entirely too long to get through this but I just could not get into it! I thought the ideas for this book were great, I personally would have just liked to have seen them executed in a different way. This book is definitely your standard run of the mill find the serial killer thriller but I felt it was lacking some twists and turns up until the end. One thing I really loved about this was the character of Janie Willard. I thought she was fascinating and really enjoyed her charac Blah. It took me entirely too long to get through this but I just could not get into it! I thought the ideas for this book were great, I personally would have just liked to have seen them executed in a different way. This book is definitely your standard run of the mill find the serial killer thriller but I felt it was lacking some twists and turns up until the end. One thing I really loved about this was the character of Janie Willard. I thought she was fascinating and really enjoyed her character overall and the struggles she faced losing her sister and with her anxiety problems. Overall, I felt this book was okay which was a disappointment because the blurb got me super pumped about it but in the end I was let down. I definitely would like to give another book by this author a try and see how I like it though!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donnell Bell

    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 ch 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    A good thriller with some twists and turns. Written from different perspectives which I like. Worth the read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    saradevil

    If there was a horrible cliche to be used, this author didn't miss it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    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 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. Review posted on http://www.readbymel.co.uk

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue Holmes

    *Review copy via the publisher Pretty Girls Dancing is a mystery thriller with the emphasis on mystery and told in the third-person from the viewpoint of the multiple characters. While its a decent read, the pacing is slow and I would have liked to see more of the thriller aspect. The characters are rather undeveloped and I don’t know them well enough to have a vested in their individual stories. Actually, I feel as though the book is more a superficial overview of a story with so much potential. Th *Review copy via the publisher Pretty Girls Dancing is a mystery thriller with the emphasis on mystery and told in the third-person from the viewpoint of the multiple characters. While its a decent read, the pacing is slow and I would have liked to see more of the thriller aspect. The characters are rather undeveloped and I don’t know them well enough to have a vested in their individual stories. Actually, I feel as though the book is more a superficial overview of a story with so much potential. There are some surprises, but for the most part, the plot is quite predictable and I suspect the book may prove to be forgettable. Full review: https://crushingcinders.com/pretty-gi...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    I truly enjoyed this book and have never read anything by this author. I liked how the book was told from the perspective of 5 different people and didn’t seem too much or disjointed at all. I also appreciated that in some respects there wasn’t a happy ending for some of the characters. As we know, in life, sometimes the worst things do happen and we are confronted with the pain of loss and sorrow. I did not see the “bad guy” coming what so ever. I actually found myself shedding an actual tear o I truly enjoyed this book and have never read anything by this author. I liked how the book was told from the perspective of 5 different people and didn’t seem too much or disjointed at all. I also appreciated that in some respects there wasn’t a happy ending for some of the characters. As we know, in life, sometimes the worst things do happen and we are confronted with the pain of loss and sorrow. I did not see the “bad guy” coming what so ever. I actually found myself shedding an actual tear or two toward the end of the book. I like books that have raw and relatable characters and this book delivered. It also gave the reader a chilling portrayal of life with the bad guy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darcey Hawkins

    I enjoyed the book. I’m confused on how the killer was identified.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Only Wants to Read

    For a moment, at the beginning, I was afraid I'd be disappointed with the story. Nothing concrete, it was just a feeling. I'm glad I continued reading because I got hooked after just a few chapters. I confess it kept me awake until very late on a Sunday night, accepting the fate of tiredness on Monday. I couldn't wait until the next day to read how the story unfolded. Written in five different character perspectives, two stories unfold. Whitney DeVries disappears without leaving a trace in a sma For a moment, at the beginning, I was afraid I'd be disappointed with the story. Nothing concrete, it was just a feeling. I'm glad I continued reading because I got hooked after just a few chapters. I confess it kept me awake until very late on a Sunday night, accepting the fate of tiredness on Monday. I couldn't wait until the next day to read how the story unfolded. Written in five different character perspectives, two stories unfold. Whitney DeVries disappears without leaving a trace in a small Ohio town. In conditions similar to the disappearance of Kelsey Willard 7 years ago, Detective Mark Foster takes on the investigation. Two families are linked by grief in a club they never asked to belong. The characters are well developed and multidimensional. There's one character I didn't like at all, but I won't tell you who or why. I don't wish to plant my biases in your mind. Reading this character's perspective was my least favorite part. Repetitive behaviors and I couldn't find empathy in this person. That may just be me, so I won't ruin it for others. I will say that my favorite character was Janie Willard. She's the character with the most growth in the story. I enjoyed her character arc the most. The bad guy is as weird as I like them (in books, let's be clear). A weirdo with strange rituals. As the story unfolds, the characters' introspective journey give the reader more details about their current and past behaviors. Not only the book makes a good serial killer thriller, but it also provides an insight of grief, and how it affects different people and families. That was certainly a plus for me. A thriller with substance. Even though I had my own theory of how the story would unfold, I was happily surprised not to have guessed the end. I didn't see it coming. I'm always happy when the writer is able to fool me throwing effective red herrings. It's a quick read, and better enjoyed if read in one or two sittings. I received a copy of the book through NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracy (The Pages In-Between)

    I got this as a Kindle First selection earlier this month, and I was so excited to start it. The prose sound different from a lot of the books I had been reading lately, so once I saw it as a selection, I had to choose it. I am glad I did. This book was nice and twisty, you start to think that it's predictable, and at one point I was very bummed out, and then, hello game changer!!! Everything you thought had happened is totally wrong! Loved it! I also read this book incredibly fast, and was legit I got this as a Kindle First selection earlier this month, and I was so excited to start it. The prose sound different from a lot of the books I had been reading lately, so once I saw it as a selection, I had to choose it. I am glad I did. This book was nice and twisty, you start to think that it's predictable, and at one point I was very bummed out, and then, hello game changer!!! Everything you thought had happened is totally wrong! Loved it! I also read this book incredibly fast, and was legitimately waking up around 4 a.m. just to read a few chapters and then went back to bed. I really enjoyed the character development, I loved second guessing everyone, and trying to figure out who I thought was the TMK. For those with a sensitivity to violence and child abuse, read this book with caution. It does not get overly graphic, but there are definitely some icky parts. I loved the detective Mark Foster, and really liked a girl named Janice. I thought they were the strongest people in the book, and the most enjoyable perspective to read from. There is a lot of elements to this book, I mean when I say it really keeps you on your toes, and on the edge of your seat. It's a thrill ride, and when it's over, you are left wanting more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Knapp

    This was a very compelling story. Well written, great characters and I was blown away at the end of the story when it was finally revealed who the "monster" was. Great suspense, a real page turner. I definitely would recommend it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bob Keeney

    Grim mystery well told Good story of families caught up in the grief of kidnapped daughters. Lots of dark family secrets, so it’s difficult to guess who the monster is.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    Pretty Girls a suspenseful twister!!! Pretty Girls Dancing is a good suspense novel filled with flawed characters that are easy to relate to. From the main detective on the case, Mark Foster to the girls who fall victim to a senseless crime each of the characters seem to find a way into the heart of the reader. Crumbling marriages, betrayals, coping mechanisms, addictions, and struggles seem to be a norm for the majority of the characters in this quick read. A few of the characters had traits th Pretty Girls a suspenseful twister!!! Pretty Girls Dancing is a good suspense novel filled with flawed characters that are easy to relate to. From the main detective on the case, Mark Foster to the girls who fall victim to a senseless crime each of the characters seem to find a way into the heart of the reader. Crumbling marriages, betrayals, coping mechanisms, addictions, and struggles seem to be a norm for the majority of the characters in this quick read. A few of the characters had traits that made it hard to like them (alcohol abuse, infidelity etc.), ...yet watching Mark Foster have empathy for them made me question whether those characters were the bad guy. On the other hand, the reader feels admiration for a coupe of the teenagers for their strength. In fact, Janie and Whitney seem to have the maturity that the other characters lack in terms of integrity and respect for others. They also have an inner strength that blows my mind in spite of all they go through. This strength is lacking in the characters I mention above. One of the things that most impressed me while reading this novel is the perspective of Whitney DeVries, the newest girl taken against her will. Held captive, she struggles to come to terms with her fate and her anger seems alive... like she could come of the page and crush her captor. This is where I believe author Kylie Brant excels.... in the mind of the teenager girl trying to survive yet plotting her way out of the hell she is forced to live. I was surprised by the villain and did not see him coming at all, so that took me off guard as I was focused on others as the likely candidate. Looking back and rereading section I see a few clues but they aren't strong enough to lead the reader to the ending. This part of the novel could be worked better, but it was still a satisfying ending.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    One girl goes missing. Another one has been gone for 7 years. A serial killer has been at large for over 3 decades. Are they connected? If not, is this the work of a vengeful parent or a copycat? Just a couple of runaway teens? You'll have to read to find out! Told in the perspective of 5 major players, this story is filled with suspense and mystery. There were moments I felt were a little slow. But just when I felt I needed a break, the story would twist in a new direction, prompting me to keep One girl goes missing. Another one has been gone for 7 years. A serial killer has been at large for over 3 decades. Are they connected? If not, is this the work of a vengeful parent or a copycat? Just a couple of runaway teens? You'll have to read to find out! Told in the perspective of 5 major players, this story is filled with suspense and mystery. There were moments I felt were a little slow. But just when I felt I needed a break, the story would twist in a new direction, prompting me to keep reading. There were times I was unsure who was the culprit and times I thought I knew for sure. In the end, I was completely wrong! It was a surprise ending I did not expect. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I wish I could give half stars because I think this book deserves more than 4 stars. If not for the slow moments, this would have been a five-star book!

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