Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Author: Kylie Brant
Release Date: January 1, 2018
It's been close to a decade since Kelsey Willard disappeared. While the police and media seem to have long forgotten, Kelsey's mother, sister, and father have remained trapped in their own cycles of hell. They wonder what happened to the teen. They hope she's still alive, but there's never been any trace of her since the night she rode off on her bike.
When another young teen vanishes, the previous case comes back to the limelight. The Willard family find themselves dealing with memories of the past. Whitney's family is just as pained as they wait for some word on whether or not their daughter is the victim of the serial killer believed to be responsible for Kelsey's disappearance. Two girls from one town are missing. Police are desperate to find them. Meanwhile, Whitney is alive but just as desperate to escape, and somewhere in the midst of it all are the answers everyone needs.
Pretty Girls Dancing is told from several viewpoints. You have Kelsey's sister, Janie, who deals with social anxiety and misses her sister desperately. She's often the subject of one mean girl's gossip at school, which makes it hard to get through the day. You have Kelsey's mom, who comes off as helpless since losing her oldest child and hides a secret. You have Kelsey's dad who is also hiding a secret.
On the other side, you have Whitney. Her story is told from her viewpoint as she's being held captive and frequently tortured by her kidnapper. Whether she lives or dies is a big reason as to why you never want to put the book down. There's also Special Agent Mark Foster who is trying to find the link between the cases and figure out who the kidnapper is and what happened to both Whitney and Kelsey.
The pacing of the book isn't always the fastest. Sometimes, I found myself rushing to get back to the specific part of the story that seemed most pressing to you. I loved Whitney's account. She may be young, but she's a tough kid and I was really rooting for her.
I ended up being very happy I read it. It did have slower moments, but I ended up unable to put it down.