My Pretties

Narrated by: Aida Reluzco
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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A novel of terror from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Pressure.

A serial kidnapper is preying upon women. He abducts them and then locks them in one of the cages dangling from the ceiling in a soundproofed basement. There, he sits quietly and just watches them, returning night after night, hoping he'll be in the room at the moment his beautiful captives finally starve to death.

Charlene and Gertie have become fast friends at the restaurant where they work. But Charlene is concerned when she hears how her co-worker spends her evenings. Gertie's cousin is one of the missing, and Gertie wanders the city streets where many of the abductions took place, using herself as bait with a high-voltage stun gun in her pocket. Charlene reluctantly offers to trail her in a car, just in case she does lure the kidnapper and things go wrong.

Unfortunately, the women find themselves the source of unwanted fame. And now, they're on the radar of a very, very dangerous man.

©2019 Jeff Strand (P)2019 Jeff Strand

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Twisted, engaging, and just what I needed!

My Pretties by Jeff Strand was a welcome change from many of the nitty, gritty blood and guts horror novels that I've read recently. Don't get me wrong, this book had plenty of gore, but it was such a well-done story! This is the story of a serial killer, his demented family and the two waitresses that get caught in his crosshairs. My Pretties has a nice dose of dark humor tied in with all of the gore throughout and was just a really entertaining listen. The story is well thought out and constructed and keeps on a steady pace until the macabe end.

Aida Reluzco did a great job narrating My Pretties. She bright life to the characters and her reading cadence and tonal intonations really made the story, and characters, come to life. I'd definitely listen to more books narrated by her and this definitely won't be my last books by Jeff Strand. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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a dark tale from a great writer

This story is quite a bit darker than most of the stuff I've read from Strand. Not that it's worse for it, just be prepared. I still enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.
One of the things I like about his stories is the length seems perfect. There's enough to draw you in and you can really get the characters, but it's not drug out (like another horror writer I like)

Be careful if you listen to this with the kids though, it's quite a bit more vulgar and explicit than most of his other stuff.

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A Family That Slays Together

I would say that I think the first three quarters of the book played out like your typical serial killer story. The last quarter went totally off the rails, blew me away, and was so much more than I had hoped for. I love Jeff Strand’s story telling and he completely outdid himself with this one. I actually had to stop and rewind a few times to make sure I heard what I thought I had just heard. Not a happy story at all, but one I really enjoyed.

The characters were really well thought out. The logic and mentality of Ken was by far my favorite. He is a twisted individual but had a lot of good qualities as well. Can’t say I thought he was a good father, but he tried and had to deal with the same problems “normal” fathers go through. I actually laughed at his interactions with his son and while I know they were not interactions that were good, I thought he actually provided decent advice. My second favorite was Charlene. Her wit and attitude made me want to be her friend as she is immediately likeable.

The basic plot was fairly typical but had a few different aspects that kept me glued to my earbuds. I wouldn’t call them twists, but more so revelations, that as the story progresses it just ratchets up the intensity. This was really a great take on a serial killer novel and provided so many different unique plot pieces I really enjoyed it.

Aida Reluzco did a great job narrating this story. She voiced each character perfectly and kept me engaged in the story. I liked her character voices and she really did a good job with all of them. My favorite was Charlene. Hope to hear more from Reluzco.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Creative

I found this book to be very creative and strange. The characters get a little weirder as the story goes on and there are a lot of surprises. I would recommend it.

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Perfection

You know when it's been just a bit too long since you're read/watched something that was just completely and utterly depraved? Yeah, me too. I was in that place when I began 'My Pretties' and good lord did it scratch that itch! Jeff Strand never disappoints and he successfully surprised me with this one. From top to bottom 'My Pretties' is entertaining, disturbing, delightful and completely morally bankrupt. I can't talk about my favorite aspect of this one without giving away some significant spoilers, so I will refrain from saying any more.

Aida Reluzco does a superb job of bringing these characters to live, even as they ultimately die. I would recommend this one to anyone at all who enjoys horror content, it's a fun one!

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Holy crap this was one sick dark make you squirm tale!

OH MY GOD! This tale is so dark and twisted. The true depths of the darkness that lurks within a man’s soul. Sometimes the scariest horror stories are the ones where the monster is man not a mythological being. In this case you will squirm, shudder and cringe. If you don’t I’d worry about your sanity. A rash of women disappearing. A man who is doing unspeakable things to them. A family whose depths of depravity will astound you. Each twist and turn will leave you with a new look of disgust on your face. The casualness of it is that which is truly the most terrifying because the reality is it could happen and it could happen to any of us anywhere.
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Loved it

Jeff strands writing talent is on full display with this one
A well executed serial killer novel with some dark humour tossed in
Excellent narration from Aida her subtlety with male voices was perfect
Highly recommended to all horror fans
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Deliciously twisted

This book is amazing, which is no surprise given the author.
Compelling characters, a tight twisty plot and fantastic dark humor.
One for the ages.

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So twisted! Funny serial killer

Don't know how he thinks of this stuff. It had some very interesting twists and turns. This serial killer is unique in a very funny way. Smart, lethal but he has an albatross around his neck. Don't want to give it a way. You'll enjoy it.

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Phenomenal Narrator!!

This book was a "page turner" to begin with- suspenseful, witty with great characters... then you add an amazing narrator! Perfect combination. She really brought the characters to life, I've never enjoyed a narrator as much as I enjoyed Aida Reluzco. Absolutely phenomenal work! Five stars all around!


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  • 12-08-19

Great book, enhanced by fantastic narration.

Had the ebook and upgraded to the audiobook version.
although id already read it, I decided to listen to it on my commute to work.
Just as good second time around.
Cant go far wrong with Jeff Strand. Always fun, although this one is a littlle more twisted.
No complaints. Ha.

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 10-10-19

Entertaining horror story

If you go into this book expecting it to be like “Wolf Hunt” or “Ferocious”, you will be disappointed, as the style is quite different and there is no comedy in this book.

However it was well written, and the main characters were likeable, and reasonably smart. The villain was okay, although I’m not sure if he’ll be entirely memorable. There were a few deaths and a bit of gore, it was a quick read and kept me entertained.

This is not my favourite Jeff Strand though, as it was more of a straight crime/horror rather than horror-comedy, which he does so well.

The narrator was excellent.