Pretty Maidens All in a Rowby J.M. Brown
on February 2, 2015
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.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
About the Author
I am a psychological thriller author who lives in Canada on the farthest easterly island province of Newfoundland and Labrador. I am a retired psychiatric nurse who has taken up a lifelong passion of writing novels. I have a debut novel on Amazon.com called “Pretty Maidens All In A Row” and another thriller nearly ready to publish. I get my inspiration for my characters from my former experience as a psychiatric nurse and counsellor while working in institutions for the mentally challenged. I have interacted with many psychologically damaged individuals from mildly depressed to seriously deranged. I think that readers of my books will see the link to my former career in my writing. (source: http://jmbrownpsychologicalthrillers.com)
Jen’s Review of Pretty Maidens All in a Row
Pretty Maidens All in a Row is a great debut effort by author J.M. Brown.
The story covers a long period of time, beginning with Beth as a teenager, and shows how the horrors of her past continue to terrorize her as an adult. Her reactions were very believable. Richard’s obsession with Beth is chilling. It doesn’t end with Richard, though. Poor Beth has more to worry about in this book. She is a sympathetic character who I feel readers will be able to relate to throughout the entire story.
I believe that a lot of aspects of this story will appeal to some readers and will put off other readers. For example, some readers don’t like omniscient narration. Other readers don’t like multiple points-of-view. The violence is another aspect that readers might disagree about. Personally, I thought it was just right. It wasn’t over-the-top gory.
I have to admit I got bored on and off while I read it, mainly because it reached a point where there was too much romance and not enough tension. I think the story could have been tightened up. There were scenes that weren’t necessary and could have been cut. Also, the book needed a little more editing, especially with punctuation.
Despite those minor complaints, I did enjoy reading Pretty Maidens All in a Row. The best aspect was the depth of characterization. I recommend it to readers who don’t mind reading stories set in a different time period. Also, I would recommend it to readers who like stories that span multiple years of a character’s life, which necessitates some summarizing.
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