Woot – kicking off another blog tour this afternoon, but this time it’s for ‘Pretty Little Things’ by T.M.E.Walsh! Thank you to HQDigital UK for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:
It’s bad when the girls go missing.
It’s worse when the girls are found.
Six months ago, Charlotte almost lost everything. Now, she’s determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. So when local girls close to Elle in age and appearance begin to go missing, it’s her worst nightmare.
Charlotte’s fears are confirmed when a frantic search becomes a shocking murder investigation. The girls’ bodies have been found – half-buried, and with traces of mud and wildflowers under their fingernails.
As Charlotte’s obsession with keeping her daughter close pushes her marriage to the brink, local DI Madeleine Wood embarks on a gruelling search for the killer. And, as they dig deeper into the lives of the people they call friends and neighbours, they uncover secrets more terrible than they ever imagined…
What does TWG think?
Ohhhhhh my word! I’m not afraid of gruesome novels by any means, but this one is Gruesome with a capital G! Four young girls went missing, and now four young girls have been found. Dead. With the formal identification of the bodies taking place, locals (as well as the Police) have their fingers crossed that they aren’t the bodies of the missing girls. But they are. Who in their right mind would kill four young girls, then put them in a place where the killer knows that they will be found sooner rather than later?
Local parents are keeping their daughters close to them after recent events, but with the teenagers not taking the situation seriously, the safety of their daughters become an obsession rather than a necessity. Can the police find out the truth? Will the police find the killer before they find another body? Time is of the essence…
I am so, so, so glad that I wasn’t eating whilst reading this book as oh em gee, the storyline is severely dark and twisted! The killer wanted to describe how he murdered the girls as they were proud of their ‘achievement’ as it were. I on the other hand, would have felt a lot less nauseous if the descriptions didn’t then turn into such vivid imagery in my head! I’m not complaining, obviously, but it is very gruesome.
It has been a while since I have read a novel which completely funked over my head, so when ‘Pretty Little Things’ completely funked over my head more than once, I was over the moon in such a weird, weird way. The psychological element of this book was on point! So many dead ends leading to unanswered questions, with the author dropping red herrings left right and centre to keep the readers on their toes; I felt like I was constantly going round in circles! I had no idea who or what to believe, all I wanted to know was who killed those girls.
I felt sorry for Charlotte several times as her life recently hadn’t exactly been plain sailing. To be honest, her life had actually been wobbling on the edge – she nearly lost everything and the aftermath was still causing her multiple problems in her every day life, as well as her relationships with her husband and daughter. It must have been tough for Charlotte, that’s for sure!
Reading ‘Pretty Little Things’ was like being on a roundabout from start to finish. The theme of the book may have been highly disturbing and very graphic, yet it worked incredibly well with the high level of intensity. Without giving anything away, there was a part of T.M.E.Walsh’s novel which BLEW MY MIND! Totally unexpected. Extremely shocking. And by golly was it addictive. That part came out of nowhere, taking the shock value of the storyline away above the clouds. I would love to write ‘OMGGGGGGG YOU MUST READ THE PART WHEREEEEE’ but I can’t, so please do trust me when I say that you need to expect the unexpected with ‘Pretty Little Things’ as there are tons of discoveries to be made along the way.
Jaw-dropping, spine tingling, disturbingly graphic yet unbelievably addictive, ‘Pretty Little Things’ will make you dizzy with excitement, whilst also keeping you on your toes until the very end. I may have been way out of my comfort zone with this book, but I can assure you that T.M.E.Walsh has now found another fan and I cannot wait to read more from this author if ‘Pretty Little Things’ is anything to go by!