All The Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson #1)
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Giveaway dates: May 02 - Jun 28, 2016
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It's not that Ellison can't craft a good story. She can. However, that story involves a lot of rape and murder, which is not something I find enjoyable to read about. In the course of this book, 9 females are murdered, about 20 are raped - including two 12-year-old twin girls and a 7-year-old girl.
It's not that I feel Ellison is writing rape porn. She writes rape in the correct way - offscreen. And she doesn't go into details. I don't feel like she is glori ...more
this story was told from a mixture of POVs an a 3rd person narrator at times which made it pretty intense and gave the book decent depth and we got a little looksie into all the characters mind - which i thought was pretty cool.
the gore was decent, it didnt go over-board with it which i highly appreciate but ...more
J.T. Ellison's debut is competent, well-crafted by genre standards ... and utterly colorless. The writer's voice is flat, wholly without affect, and actually becomes ...more
This was the strangest book I have read in a while. I am not usually picky when it comes to police procedurals (whether the author gets them right or not) but there were a couple of glaring ones that just about made me want to quit the book. One was when Taylor was discussing with fellow officers about the best approach to telling the media about Whitney's death. Now what pissed me off was that there was no way this would EVER happen before NOK was notified.
This was the most gla ...more
I found the characters interesting and believable, with little human quirks that brought them to life. The plot kept me guessing and turning pages. While this was a story about tracking a serial killer, there was not the usual blood and gore that tends to come with this genre. There was also not a lot of cursing. Ellison holds the reader's attention with character dev ...more
Here Jackson is drawn into a serial murder case from a number of different directions. Taylor went to school with the TV news reporter who's in contact with the killer and the reporter's tw ...more
It is different from other mysteries...sort of refreshing in a serial killer with tons of subplots kind of way...lots of surprises...lots and lots of mystery.
Taylor is the strong savvy detective who can handle almost anything. She is recovering from an almost deadly attack...although this seemed to have happened in another book but I think that All The Pretty G ...more
And though the main plotline is rather predictable ...more
This is supposed to be the first novel in the Taylor Jackson series, but there were ...more
First novels seem to fall into two categories--they're either outrageously bad, full of rookie mistakes, or surprisingly good, well-written, well-conceived, well- executed tales that create favorable attention for their authors. Books that fall into the first category are extremely tough reads, books that you keep hoping will get better but never do. Books that fall into the second category are distinct pleasures to read, if only because you feel so good fo ...more
An excellent debut. J. T. Ellison is a thriller writer to watch!
There's a lot boiling under the surface and the multiple POV makes it a very suspense read that keeps your heart racing until the end.
I like Taylor a great ...more
All The Pretty Girls is a good, though rather generic, serial killer crime story.
The main story is about the serial killer, a man who sleeps with women, throttles them, then cuts off their hands -- what a prince! I love that this deranged psycho has CONSENSUAL sex with all these women! No matter what town he goes to he can immediately find the young brunette with brown eyes and a rather specific medical background who will sleep with him. We find out that he's a REALLY handsome ...more
Good grief, this freaking book was all over the place. Normally, I can keep track of lots of things going on in a book, but this one went too far.
In this book:
1) A serial killer is murdering girls (at least 4 by the first 90 pages)
2) A serial rapist is on the loose (whole other case)
3) An up-and-coming drug dealer has hired someone to murder a witness? IDK, It wasn't fully explained.
4) There is some kind of backstory with the main character being assaulted but it never fully explains th ...more