A serial kidnapper is preying upon women. He abducts them, then locks them in one of the cages dangling from the ceiling in a
soundproofed basement. There, he sits quietly and just watches them, returning night after night, hoping he'll be in the room at the moment his beautiful captives finally starve to death.
Charlene and Gertie have become fast friends at the restaurant where they work. But Charlene is concerned when she hears how her co-worker spends her evenings: Gertie's cousin is one of the missing, and Gertie wanders the city streets where many of the abductions took place, using herself as bait with a high-voltage stun gun in her pocket. Charlene reluctantly offers to trail her in a car, just in case she does lure the kidnapper and things go wrong.
Unfortunately, the women find themselves the source of unwanted fame. And now they're on the radar of a very, very dangerous man...
“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.” – Good Reads
“Another Jeff Strand masterpiece. Short but full of interest and had me hooked from the start. Some
great characters, I particularly loved Charlene and her terrible yet fun attitude and another cracking psychopath character which makes me think we should be worried about Jeff and his uncanny
ability to portray them so well!
This book is disturbing and a little amusing too - it’s one of the things I love about the way this author writes. Overall a horrifying and scary story well told and written. A couple of stupid character decisions required for the plot to unfold but on the whole all reasonably believable for your average psychopath tale!
Highly recommended (not for those with a weak stomach) can’t give it less than 5*/5” - Good Reads