A terrifying new standalone psycholgical thriller from the bestselling author of 'Retribution' and 'The Cutting Room' Special Agent Bobby Dees knows what grief feels like.
He understands the pain of losing a child. And he'll do whatever he can to prevent it from happening again.
The phone call that comes on a Sunday morning will take him away from his insular world of grief and sleepless nights - and into a far darker place.
A young girl, Elaine Emerson, has gone missing and only Dees has a chance of finding her.
It seems that Elaine was last seen waiting to meet her boyfriend - a mysterious figure she met secretly online who goes by the name of El Capitan, and whose reality is as cruel and chilling as the worst thing Dees can imagine...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 08/07/2010
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780007346486
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Review by jan.fleming
Pretty Little Things is a horrifically scary book for any parent of girls. The use of the internet (Myspace in this instance) to lure young teens into meeting. Abducting them. Holding them hostage. Killing them in brutal ways. All while the parents believe the kids have run away. We hear about stuff like this happening on the news. To someone else. It's every parents fear, but still most of us never consider it could happen to our family. Pretty Little Things gets to the heart of the matter, how easily it can happen to any family, and that's what truly makes it frightening.Bobby Dees is a special agent that deals specifically with missing children. He has a personal stake in the finding of these kids and his work and family life has become unavoidable and unfortunately tangled. He leads the investigation in this thrilling mystery, the search to find 13 year old Lainey Emerson. We follow Lainey's imprisonment as well as Dees investigation, both terrible in their own ways. Dees search touches on things we've learned from Dateline's "To Catch a Predator" and goes miles further. Lainey's situation is awful, yet not written in a offensive or gruesome manner. The actual murders are not described, but the reader may cringe at the condition of the bodies once found.Pretty Little Things has a great, surprising yet satisfying, resolution. It's a fantastic mystery. But beyond that, the book is frightening in its reality. Jilliane Hoffman scared the hell out of me, and that's no easy feat