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Pretty Little Things

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  907 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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. T
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Published June 6th 2018 by HQ Digital UK
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Miriam Smith
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"It’s bad when the girls go missing. It’s worse when the girls are found......"
I've always said the more twisted, sick and gruesome a serial killer is in a story then that's my perfect book and oh my, did "Pretty Little Things" fulfil that requirement!
I especially like when chapters are dedicated to the killer and we hear their thoughts and emotions and the enticing opening chapter by the killer really was quite terrifying. I also like to consider my self to be quite broad minded about a story
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first chapter you had me engrossed with this psychological thriller, it kept me on the edge of my sofa with its many twists.

The book starts with the police finding the bodies of 4 missing teenagers, buried with their faces showing.

Charlotte and Iain have a teenage daughter Elle. Charlotte is especially worried about her daughter’s safety, which causes friction between her and Iain. You have a sense of foreboding throughout the book which gave me goose bumps as I waited for something b
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh! I do love it when a thriller is truly gruesome and bloody. This didn't disappoint on that front! My family couldn't get a word out of me whilst I was reading this, not until I had finished. I fell under the spell of T. M. E. Walsh from page one, my first read from her - I must remedy that.

PRETTY LITTLE THINGS starts slowly but gains pace if you persevere, this slow-burn had me gripped and when the pace increased I enjoyed it even more. I can't get enough of serial killer thrillers, and this
☙ percy ❧
i thought i knew who the killer was. and that would have made my rating about 3 stars.

and yet - astonishingly - the real identity of the killer was even worse.

i'm not going to mince words:




and i don't mean that in a jokey "omg fuck this book it was so good". no. genuinely, fuck this book to the deepest depths of hades.

i'm not surprised, but saddened that this was published. we do NOT need anymore fucking demonisation of mental illness in the world. is "mental health awareness"
Mandy White
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Pretty Little Things by TME Walsh - wow!! This was my first book by this author but most definitely will not be the last!

I got hooked into this one fairly early on, the story has me needing to find out more. Charlotte was in a major car accident 6 months ago, leaving her extremely vulnerable. She lives in a small town where everyone knows each other outside of Milton Keynes. She lives with her husband and teenager daughter.

There is a murderer on the loose... teenage girls are being taken and now
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I was very excited to read Pretty Little Things. A psychological thriller with unexpected twists described as the ultimate page turner? - I say, 'ANYTIME!'

The book starts really well - police trying to catch a serial killer when four dead bodies of teenage girls are found in a dumpster. The main story teller is a local woman - Charlotte who has a teenage daughter of her own and is sick with worries about her. Charlotte had a serious car accident six months ago and is lucky to be alive. She is t
Bill Kupersmith
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
While a terrible read, Pretty Little Things could make a superb subject for book club discussion. I can't explain why I rated this book so low without introducing spoilers and in fairness must admit that what repelled me might fascinate other readers. Though from early in the book I sometimes suspected the character who turns out to the responsible for the abduction and murders of the teenaged girls, I found the actual explanation of the perpetrator's motives totally unbelievable and unacceptabl ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“It’s the blood that gets to you first. It’s messy, gets everywhere. Under your nails, in each line, every crevice. It’s a bitch to clean.”

Can we say - “Hello, Clarice?” I think even Dr. Lecter would be scared of the psycho killer that lies in lines of this story! Yes my friends, Pretty Little Things, is a sick, gory read that leaves you breathless and shaken.

“This is my garden, they are my seeds. Pretty things might grow here,”

It takes a lot for a book to leave me feeling unnerved; Pretty Litt
Elaine Tomasso
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of Pretty Little Things, a stand alone psychological thriller set in Buckinghamshire.

There is a serial killer on the loose in the villages around Milton Keynes and DI Madeleine Wood and her team are at a loss. With four teenage girls missing they suspect the worst but can't prove it. Charlotte Moore, a local woman, almost lost her life six months ago in a car crash and having had to re-evaluate all she holds dear is currently mak
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This was one fast past page turner, seriously this book needs to get out there to the masses and be read, thoroughly enjoyable story line, lots of detail and gore ( sorry i am twisted and loved that!) shocking actually in parts toward the end and quite sad to0.

Great characters and superbly written, i for one will definitely be reading more books from this author.
I think most of us that read a lot, especially the psychological style thrillers etc, you i suppose become immune to a lot of twis
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make. Although ‘Pretty Little Things’ has been on my ever growing ‘TBR’ (To be read) pile for a while, I have never actually read it. On finishing reading ‘Pretty Little Things’ all I can think is, where have I been all this time? I absolutely flipping well loved reading it but more about that in a bit.
Charlotte is a bit of a funny old fish. When we first meet her, she is the mother of a girl called Elle and married to her husband. There was an accident a while ago and Cha
I am having a hard time reviewing this book. I just finished it and can't decide if I really liked it or not. The story begins in the voice of the killer describing their latest capture and murder of another teenage girl. Young girls have been missing and Detective Inspector Madeline Wood begins her case with the discovery of a grave holding four bodies. The book held my attention, I will admit, but there were some areas that left me wanting. Yes, the ending is a shocker but at the same time, I ...more
Pat Simpson
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic psychological thriller! I have not read any of this author’s previous books but will certainly be catching up on them now. Where do I start? Charlotte was involved in an accident where she nearly lost her life. Her memory has been affected by this and she is suffering from PSTD from the accident. In the village where she lives with her husband and teenage daughter, young girls are going missing and Charlotte becomes obsessed about her daughter’s safety as it seems that there is ...more
Julie Lacey
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to say this book left me speechless. I can’t tell you why as it will spoil it!
I was intrigued by other reviews that said about a twist at the end but I wasn’t expecting it when it happened.
Charlotte is recovering from a near fatal car accident and is trying to get her life back on track. Her husband and teenage daughter are very supportive but her memory lapses are starting to try their patience.
Petty arguments start up and as more and more teenage girls go missing, and are then found m
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This book started off good. It started off really good. Girls disappear. Bodies are found. Obviously there is a serial killer at work. Parallel to this story is the story of Charlotte dealing with the aftermath of a horrific car accident. Then the two stories seem to merge. But then, somewhere at about 75% of the way through, the wheels fall off the wagon and the wagon (analogy for the story) falls off the side of a cliff into the abyss of roll your eyes unbelievable. And while I realize that th ...more

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review..

I enjoyed reading T.M.E Walsh's three books in the DCI Claire Winters series, So I was excited when I heard the author was due to release a new book featuring DI Madeleine Wood.

Pretty Little Fears is not for the squeamish. There was a killer at work targeting teenage girls in the small villages around Milton Keynes. Four girls were missing until they were found by kids in a disused holiday village
Lel Budge
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is a real page turner, I honestly could not put it down. It’s a really clever story and the characters are so well written you really do empathise with them. It has a jealous husband, a stalker-ish person, a potential affair, a solid police procedural, teenagers and a murderer. And the ending was a real shock, absolutely loved it. This really did have a proper, unexpected twist.....oohh brilliant.
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
DCI Claire is not going to have it easy with this one. Six teenage girls are missing. The bodies are not found and when four are found in one area next to each other, it seems the killer is almost egging them on to try to find him. Other than the fact that they are local girls, there seems to be no common link. Typical teenagers confronting authority both society and at home a couple of them had threatened to run away and had done so previously. What had made them accept a lift on a lonely road ...more
Natalie Victoria
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this pacy crime thriller. Split over multiple points of view, including DI Madeleine Wood, village local Charlotte and the chilling ‘Anon’, the book kept me turning the pages.

The story starts with the discovery of four missing teenaged girls - a story that’s gripped the small village. Understandably, mother Charlotte goes to great lengths to protect her own teenaged daughter whilst trying to overcome the after-effects of a terrible accident. I don’t want to give anything
Jesus Christ, I'm not used to write reviews cause I don't know what to say about such a brilliant book. But here we go.
It's the first book of this author that I had the pleasure to read and will not be the last one.

First of all, what incredible writing. I was stuck in my Kindle app, devouring everything she had to give me. And at the same time, I didn't wanted to read to fast and finish.

The characters... all that I love most about thriller are well-built characters, and she knew how to create
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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, th
Jacob Collins
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been itching to read T.M.E Walsh’s DCI Claire Winters series for a while now and after finishing Pretty Little Things I have bumped them right to the top of my TBR pile. Seriously, why haven’t I got round to reading them sooner? Pretty Little Things is one heck of a psychological thriller, T.ME. Walsh writes so well and she kept me flicking the pages.

At the beginning of the novel, we delve straight into the mind of a serial killer. This was a seriously creepy opening that set the tone of
Lady Delacour
This book is a stick to
your ribs good meal,
that you will not forget!
Listened with TTS.
Foul Language.
Cheryl M-M
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice one.

Seriously, it’s a wicked plot. The solution comes completely out of left field, it’s a bit like being slapped unexpectedly up the side of the head with a really fat wet kipper, and then just standing there completely dumbstruck. *Bows down to the author*

It’s fair to say that things haven’t been the same for Charlotte since she was involved in a nearly fatal accident a few months ago. Her face is scarred, which makes her feel insecure, and her memory is as reliable as a leaky tap. The di
Savi Monroe XO
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s the blood that gets to you first.


T.M.E. Walsh has a way with words and helping to visualize a scene. Something's I maybe didn’t want to visualize though. YIKES. I liked the story a lot. It starts out fantastic and even though I am not a mom, I can certainly relate to Charlotte. You feel her despair and her desperation. I couldn’t imagine a serial killer being loose in my town. She is desperate to keep her daughter safe and along the way she does lose it a li
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for a really brilliant thriller..It seemed that this was going to be pretty straightforward but oh no it wasn’t at all ..what an ending!! I was totally shocked and oh how I love that. Many many thanks to T.M.E, Walsh for writing a book with a truly gobsmacking twist I loved it.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The serial killer in Pretty Little Things is one of the scariest I’ve read about! Totally loved this book! The ending was completely unexpected! I definitely recommend Pretty Little Things!

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Ted Tayler
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
"Failed to connect"

Well-written thriller that is perfectly pitched to its target audience. I didn't 'feel' this book however, it was disjointed from the outset and too clinical. The twist when it came didn't seem plausible. It's a best seller, so I'm in the minority. I appreciate the skill of the writer, but I wouldn't wish to immerse myself in any other books in this series.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty Little Things was nothing like I expected. A twisted serial killer, gritty murder cops, a mom determined to keep her daughter safe – it had all the elements to make a gripping, ‘unputdownable’ psychological thriller. But the feelings it ended up evoking in me were pity and sadness. I want a psychological thriller to thrill, excite, and make me look over my shoulder, not feel sorry for the guilty party. Also, I felt the story drag in some parts. I usually read very fast, but this book took ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Tania (T. M. E.) Walsh began writing full time after becoming a casualty to the recession in late 2008.

She successfully self-published the first two novels in the DCI Claire Winters series before being picked up by HQ - a division of HarperCollins - in 2015.

Tania is currently working on a new standalone thriller, and a fourth book in the DCI Claire Winters series.

In 2011 Tania was the winner of
“Hear me. Hear my voice and know this… I mourn the daylight. I mourn the life I had. I mourn the time that is now lost to me, time with my daughter, the only true constant in my life. He rattles around inside my head, and it’s like I’m constantly aware of Him now. Part of me wants to go back to when I didn’t know He existed inside me. We fight for control. I fight for the light. I will fight until I either win or am exiled to a bleak, empty nothing. He calls it The Cage. A prison without bars.” 0 likes
“Once there, there’s no chance of parole. I call it my mind, and it is a most beautiful yet terrifying thing. I am Charlotte Monroe, and as long as there is good in this world, and breath in this wretched body of mine, I will fight. I will not be lost to the darkness. I will not let Him win.” 0 likes
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