Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Books Read: Pretty Little Things by T.M.E Walsh

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…

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When I received the HQ Blogger newsletter asking for people to sign up to their June blog tours, one of the books that caught my eye was Pretty Little Things by T.M.E Walsh.  I don't know what it says about me that at the moment I am drawn to books on the dark side...

The story is narrated from three main viewpoints, Charlotte, a mother who was involved in a near death car crash six months ago, DI Madeleine Wood, who is investigating the case of the missing girls, and 'anon' the perpetrator behind the crimes. Through their three voices you are really able to get into the heads of the characters and see all sides of the story as little clues and red herrings are thrown in to unveil numerous suspects as to who it could be. I think at one point or other I suspected every male character that was introduced...   

The author has done a really good job with creating a character that really gets under your skin, I found myself constantly getting frustrated with Charlotte.  Having been through a traumatic experience herself which left her suffering memory loss, and being friends with one of the missing girls mother, it's understandable that she is worried about her own daughter's safety and wants to do whatever she can to protect her but her actions put herself and those closest to her in immense danger... 

From the opening chapter I was hooked, even if at times I found the descriptions a little too gruesome, as a cat and mouse game unfolds to try and catch the killer before any more girls fall victim.  I can't say much more without giving away a massive spoiler but it's fair to say that the author must have really done her research to get into the mindset of the killer as the final few chapters were really chilling and felt so spinetinglingly realistic.  

Despite having bought the first couple in her DCI Winters series which are still in my TBR collection on my Kindle, Pretty Little Things is the first book by this author that I have read but if this is any indication as to what I can expect then I need to go back and start reading her other books sooner rather than later. 

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