Little Pretty Things

Little Pretty Things

Book - 2015
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Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she's still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn, a one-star motel that attracts only the cheap or the desperate. But what life won't provide, Juliet takes. Then one night, Maddy checks in. Well-dressed, flashing a huge diamond ring, and as beautiful as ever, Maddy has it all. By the next morning, though, Juliet is no longer jealous of Maddy--she's the chief suspect in her murder. To protect herself, Juliet investigates the circumstances of her friend's death. But what she learns about Maddy's life might cost Juliet everything she didn't realize she had.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9781633880047
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 21 cm.


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Aug 31, 2020

Great mystery/thriller read. Little Pretty Things was hard to put down and just sucked me in. The story has twists and turns to keep you guessing whom the actual killer is. The story is told sequentially with the main character, Juliet reflecting back from time to time. Juliet even though she is a little deceptive at certain part, she is a step ahead of the authorities working the case. This story explores many concepts including jealousy, competition, working relationships, friendships, and perception. I enjoyed the way Juliet self reflects throughout the book and finally decides to live her life instead of just going through the day to day motions.

Dec 16, 2016

A decent mystery, but achingly predictable. The potential for intrigue and complexity were there, but the monochromatic protagonist and heavy-handed prose resulted in a rather anticlimactic unveiling of the true motive behind Maddy's murder. Despite Rader-Day's rather coercive writing-style, Juliet's narrative and the overall trajectory of the mystery often felt drawn-out. The incorporation of countless ancillary characters and abrupt conclusion left something to be desired.

Oct 15, 2016

The art of this book is in the telling - the reveal - the atmosphere. The chapters are short and that creates a quick pace. Even though that means there are a lot of breaks, I never wanted to stop reading. It sounds like a cliché, but I had a really hard time putting the book down. In fact, I would like to still be reading it.


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