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Publisher's Summary

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 back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer's identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards' long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another: Kelsey Willard herself. Dead or alive, she is his last hope.

©2018 Kimberly Bahnsen (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Pretty Girls Dancing, Great listen!

I totally enjoyed Pretty Girls Dancing. I listen to a lot of books of all genres and this one swept me away from the first chapter and didn't let go until the end. People live messy lives and try to soothe themselves in many ways which are simply the good, the bad and the really ugly.
This book isn't littered with sex scenes, gory scenes or a lot of cursing and still entertains from the beginning to the end. It taps into the vulnerability of our youth, the darkness of the deep dark web, predators who prey on the vulnerable and families in crisis.
It's a good suspenseful listen. Give it a try! I highly recommend!
If you found this review helpful let me know. It encourages me to continue giving my reviews as I depend on reviews of others to lead me to the next great listen.
Happy listening!

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BEST BOOK I’ve listened to in years!!!!

I am usually too lazy to write a review but I had to on this book! I could not stop listening! The twist and turns kept me from hitting pause (my child was late to school once or twice)! This is a must read!!!

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Excellent

Absolutely worth the credit....Finally!!! I’ve listened to too many books lately that were dark & depressing, this was a mystery that offered very likable characters and resolution in spite of tragedy.

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If I could give this book zero stars I would

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book was horrible. It was ridiculously unrealistic and completely predictable. The narrators were awful especially the one reading Janie. I listen to books everyday, and I love a good mystery. I actually feel like I was duped out of a credit. I have no idea how this book got any good reviews at all. I finished it because I could never not finish a book, but it was painful. Don’t waste your money or more importantly your time.

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Juvenile writing, sorry I like big girl books!

Took a chance on this one based on reviews. Yikes, what a sophomoric wreck of a book this one is. I am on chapter 5 and giving it up.

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Good imagination required...

I thought this was a well written book. I'm not sure if I was crazy about the whole thing but overall I thought it was very good.
Teenage girls are kidnapped and held somewhere underground in a basement. They never actually see the kidnapper but hear his voice through a voice changer. When they do see him he's wearing a mask. He gives them rules, when to get up, go to bed, use the bathroom and practice dance. When they disobey he beats them and when he decides they won't work into his plans he kills them. He has a stage set up and for hours every day they must practice their ballet (while on a chain). While I am not a dancer, I can't quite get this picture in my head.
The majority of this book is told from more then one teenage girls' point of view. I again had to remind myself that this is a work of fiction. These girls have great critical thinking and problem solving skills, way beyond their years.
Once I got past these issues, I really did enjoy this book. It's an excellent police procedural/psychological thriller with some really super twists. I would have never guessed who the kidnapper/killer was even though he was involved fairly early in.
The five narrators did an outstanding job. Each of the key characters was given their own voice.
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If You are an experienced thriller reader...

If you are an experienced thriller reader pass on this one. Other reviewers spoke of surprises - I'm still looking for one.

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Excellent!

Best in a long time! I go through 4-6 books per month and haven’t been this hooked in awhile! So distracting I Could NOT get anything else done until I finished it. Thank goodness.... I was starting to think I’d read and or heard all the good ones and after a few years might need to take a break. Really enjoyed this book !

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Pretty good

It was an entertaining crime story and the perspective of the kidnapped girl was very scary at times. I also was impressed how the author really nailed the idea of the all consuming grief that engulfed the Willard family. However I felt it was a bit wordy at times. Sounds odd but I really noticed how many unnecessary adverbs the author added. Just completely remove the word "emotionally" from the book and I would have given 5 stars!

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Couldn’t even finish

Whoever the female narrator is that starts the book... should never narrate another book
I found myself skipping just to get rid
Of her.. thinking I could catch up ... but it was just too much cringing. Couldn’t finish

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 09-26-20

Not bad, but not amazing...

This story is told from the perspective of 5 different characters, although all in the third person. They are the mother, father and sister of a former victim of a serial killer who is currently considered "missing", the current kidnap victim of the killer, and a government agent trying to track the killer down and solve the case.

The daughter is both likable and well narrated, and was easily my favourite perspective to listen to. The mother was also narrated well, but wasn't too likable. The father and detective were both pretty average all around, and the young female victim had an interesting perspective, but was annoying to listen to.

The start of the book was a little droll and was hard to get into, but it did improve. Yet it never reached a level of shocking amazement that you always hope a book like this will. There was a twist, which you likely won't see coming until just before the big reveal, but it still didn't make me fall in love with the story.

I'd give it a 7/10.