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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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  • kimberly U
  • 17-01-18

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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  • Melanie
  • 10-01-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-18

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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  • shelley
  • 07-01-18

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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  • Linda
  • 06-02-18

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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  • Marcia
  • 03-03-18

Gripping

I was transfixed
The story was well paced and packed with details
Read like a true crime story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-18

Pretty good

I liked the book! The only thing that drove me nuts was the narrator for Janie. I wanted to skip through those parts but couldn’t as that would take out a main story line, but good grief. She was awful. The rest was great!

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  • Marg224
  • 10-01-18

Lost and found

This was pretty good, a little wordy at times, a little YA at times. Some good twists. Worth a credit and entertaining. A girl disappears seven years after a similar disappearance. The friends, family and police struggle to determine what happened to both girls And unbeknownst to them, the reader is given a closer and closer look at what happened in these suspected abdications. Hard to say much without spoiling, but the reader is given an intimate look into the families left behind.

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  • cindy
  • 16-03-18

Good story

A good book but maybe a better read than listen. The main female narrator had very clear diction - almost to a fault - which only drew attention to the fact that she would pronounce didn’t as dint and shouldn’t as shunt. I found myself being so annoyed by this that it detracted from the entire book.

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