This novel was so much fun! We have a weird, disfunctional, memorable family of villains and two female main characters you could root for, and who complemented each other. Charlene, in particular, is compelling as the selfless heroine. You can’t help but love her. Further to that, it was nice to read a story in which the main character is a wise-cracking lesbian. Besides being a dark horror, My Pretties is filled with Strand’s sarcastic and dry sense of humour. It gives the majority of his stories that 80s cheesy horror movie feel. Again.... I loved the story. The only other comment I have is the cover of the book. The picture itself is fine but I was completely distracted by the typeface. Is it me or is there a very odd space between the R in Pretties and the first E? I kept staring at the cover as the word “Pretties” looked so strange, and I kept asking myself if Pretties was spelled wrong. If that was the intention, then bravo. Otherwise, you may want to consider the font and spacing, and its effect on marketing the book. Buy this book now if you want to read one of Strand’s best novels.
Despite the title, there is nothing Oz-like or magical about MY PRETTIES. The only monsters here are humans. This is a crime thriller as well as a horror novel. Jeff Strand's trademark humor comes through in the dialogue between characters, but overall this is one of Strand's darkest and most disturbing novels. Don't start reading this at bedtime; there are several unexpected plot twists that will keep you reading late into the night.
Another darkish type horror book with a bit of humor. This one is definitely not as heartwarming as some of Jeff's other books but isn't absolutely horrifying and depressing either. The book has likeable characters for you to cheer for and villains for you to hope get what they deserve. There are even some surprise villains. Be ready for some gore and violence (it is a horror book) but this a very enjoyable book. Keep 'em coming, Jeff!
Another awesome story from my FAVORITE author. Great to get his newsletter so I knew this had come out! Just finished pressure, really good book, though not as humorous as most of his other....still loved this and it! Can’t wait for more ;)
MY PRETTIES is the best book Jeff Strand has published to date! Jeff Strand is an author who uses different styles with different books and MY PRETTIES is of the more serious dark fiction, similar in style to PRESSURE and BRING HER BACK. I am a fan who enjoys all the different styles Jeff Strand uses but fans of his dark and more serious style are gonna love MY PRETTIES.
My Pretties is a fast-paced novel filled with twists that get more twisted as you reach the climax. What starts out as a story about two young but naive women trying to lure a serial kidnapper into their trap quickly transforms into the grim and sometimes darkly comic tale of a sick man coping with the surprising issues that interfere with the enjoyment of his crimes. In My Pretties, author Jeff Strand shines the spotlight on his villain more so than his female heroines and delivers one of the most original and suspenseful horror releases of 2019.
My Pretties is a fun, creepy look into psychos, friendship, and family. I have been reading Jeff Strand’s work for years and every book has been fun to read. My Pretties is one of his darker stories and a few scenes left me feeling creeped out, but others made me laugh out loud.
The twists and turns took me by surprise and I am still shocked that I did not see the twists coming. The twists gave the book so much more depth. I can’t wait to read my next Strand book.
"Jeff Strands My Pretties",is a Dark Story about a Murderous Psychopath and a Mysterious House of Grim Horrors and Criminal Madness. "Dark,Intense,and Bloody with Interesting Characters and Classic Jeff Strand Dark Humor and Mayhem. "a Mustread."
Jeff Strand does it again! Take a simple idea: a serial killer kidnaps women, puts them in cages, and only gives the water to drink so he can enjoy watching them die. Oh, but the story is so much more twisted and devilish! I highly recommend this book...I could not put it down!