Pretty Little Things by T.M.E. Walsh

Pretty Little Things by T.M.E. Walsh
Madeline Brolly – Narrator
Audiobook: Duration: 12:02:51
Published June 12, 2018 by HarperCollins Publishers
It’s bad when the girls go missing.
It’s worse when the girls are found.

Six months ago, Charlotte almost lost everything. Now, she’s determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. So when local girls close to Elle in age and appearance begin to go missing, it’s her worst nightmare.

Charlotte’s fears are confirmed when a frantic search becomes a shocking murder investigation. The girls’ bodies have been found – half-buried, and with traces of mud and wildflowers under their fingernails.

As Charlotte’s obsession with keeping her daughter close pushes her marriage to the brink, local DI Madeleine Wood embarks on a gruelling search for the killer. And, as they dig deeper into the lives of the people they call friends and neighbours, they uncover secrets more terrible than they ever imagined…

My thoughts… 

I have not read any of T.M.E. Walsh’s previous books, but I will certainly be reading them now.

DI Madeleine Wood and her team are trying to find four missing teenage girls. Sadly, the girl’s bodies are discovered, and the hunt is on to catch a serial killer before more girls go missing.

Charlotte Monroe, a local woman, almost lost her life six months ago in a car crash. The accident has left Charlotte with some memory issues that distress her to this day. She is trying to get her life back on track with support from her husband, Ian. Charlotte who has a teenage daughter of her own, constantly worries about Elle’s safety. She is currently making her daughter’s life miserable by smothering her with over-protectiveness.

Pretty Little Things is mostly told in the first person by Charlotte, and then at times we get the viewpoint of DI Madeleine Wood, ‘Anon’ (Anonymous), and short snippets of other characters throughout the book.

For being a thriller, I wasn’t expecting the slow pace at the beginning of the book. There is a lot of focus on Charlotte and her family and not much insight into the police investigation. When the pace increased, and more information was given along with surprising twists, I was gripped. We are completely kept in the dark about who the killer is, I couldn’t figure it out. Without giving anything away, I was truly shocked by the killers' identity.

Why not five stars? Because, I found the actual explanation of the killers’ motives totally unbelievable. With that said, I'd happily recommend this book to those that enjoy thrillers and mysteries.

Happy Reading!


  1. I've been picking up the odd thriller here and there but I'm wary of the ones with a police MC as I'm not a fan of the ones that have endless witness interviews and stuff. It sounds like this one might be better for the likes of me!

    1. Pretty Little Things would be great for you. I don't care for books that have a bunch of police procedure, it's tedious reading. This book doesn't have much, which I did like.