Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review - Pretty Maidens All in a Row, By J.M. Brown

I hope that everyone that celebrated the 4th had a great time.  I always enjoy seeing the kids around here setting off their fireworks.  The little ones are always so in awe of the lights and colors. Once they are no longer afraid of the loud cracks they are the happiest little ones around.

So I am slowly working through all my books that need to be reviewed and here is yet another.

And for your reading pleasure...


Mary Elizabeth Grange, also known as Beth to her friends, is little more than a child when she is noticed.. Her lanky, developing body and her childlike ways do nothing to dissuade his hungry eyes and his needy imagination. She glides through life happily, doing what happy teenagers do, but to him she becomes everything. Every flip of her long curly ebony hair, every smile, every gesture speaks to him as he quietly moves in the shadows, for no one ever sees him. His small, inconsequential world narrows even further, real life recedes. Fantasy, like a blazing fire consumes him. Then their worlds collide in one brutal and obscene act as he brazenly flings reality aside and allows the delusions to totally devour him. Her world destroyed, Beth must fight for her very sanity. Then at the farthest end of her nightmare and many miles away, happiness and love are finally within her reach. Much to her bemusement, she starts to receive flowers from a secret admirer. Things start to take on a darker tone and she senses anything but affection from the gifts being left to her. But how can this be related in anyway to the vicious serial killer in her home state who is killing women that look so much like her? The answers will only be attained if she dares to fight the biggest battle of her life. 

Book Title: Pretty Maidens All in a Row

Author: J.M. Brown

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the get go this book kept me engaged.  It was definitely a page turner and one that will keep you reading until the very end.  This is one of those books that you can't put down until you are done. Once I finally had the time to sit down for more then 30 minutes I couldn't stop reading until I had the book done.  

The characters are well done and fully fleshed out.  I loved that it was not set in the current time.  I think that it shows a writer's ability when they can write in the past and have it fit so well. This writer showed that she has the ability to write in the past and do it well.

The story was one of those that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I actually loved that we got a good picture of the stalker's mental illness during the first half of this book. His progression into full madness was wonderfully written.

I think the only issue I had with this book is the character changes that happened mid action in the chapters.  I am glad we got to see so many different angles of things going on, but the sudden character changes left me confused at times.  There were several times that I needed to go back and read things again.  It made it hard to keep up with things at times.

Over all, this book was a well written book, and it is definitely one that everyone should read.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat, it will keep you guessing and really it has a little everything for you.  There is mystery, thrills and even a little romance.  You get everything you could ever need in a book in this one.

Pros: Great story, well thought out characters

Cons: Sudden character POV changes

Overall rating: Recommended!

1 comment:

  1. Thank-you Danielle for the honest review. My debut novel has taught me a lot about the literary world and what readers like or dislike. It's reviews like yours and many others that help me to refine some writing aspects that I can improve on in my next novel that is nearly finished.