Pretty Girls Dancing
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...more
This book opens with the abduction of a teenager, Whitney DeVries. Mark Foster is sent in to work the case of Whitney D ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Whiney DeVries is a young teen that was flattered when an attractive boy she had met briefly sent her a friend request online. Whitney found herself chatting and flirti ...more
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.
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
One thing I really loved about this was the character of Janie Willard. I thought she was fascinating and really enjoyed her charac ...more
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 ...more
Ms. Brant writes superb teenage ch ...more
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 ...more
I read this over 3 sittings. The first 30% was a little slow for me in some ...more
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.
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 ...more
Whenever young girls go missing, it causes trauma for Claire and David Whitney, as well ...more
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