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Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy Paperback – September 30, 2014
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With her unique style of writing, Mercedes M. Yardley pulls you into the world that surrounds her character Bryony Adams. Bryony was destined to be murdered and everyone, including Bryony, knew that. Even Fate wanted it, but Fate can sometimes be fickle!
Blending whimsy and a dash of humor with the dark subject matter, Mercedes allows you to travel along with Bryony as she experiences her somewhat harrowing journey in life. The supporting characters are well developed and easily liked. You quickly find yourself experiencing their joy, their pain and yes, their fear.
For me, Bryony's and the other characters' perspective of the events as they unfolded made the storyline unique and enjoyable to read. Their "matter-of-fact" observations were chilling on more than one occasion! It may cause a nightmare or two.
There's a body count of course, it's a horror story after all. But it's a different path into the darkness, one you might enjoy taking. Just what you would expect from Mercedes.
PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS, by Mercedes M. Yardley is a novel that caught me off-guard by the very bluntness of its synopsis: "Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered . . . " There is never any mention of an explanation for this, simply that she--and everyone she meets--instinctively knows and accepts this inevitable outcome. Each day Bryony--often referred to as the "Star Girl" for her ethereal beauty and tenacious hold on life--is still breathing, it is almost a surprise to those around her.
"Death isn't a very good shot . . ."
Mercedes Yardley writes the novel in an almost fairy-tale way, her prose often as dreamlike and poetic as her marked heroine. Her emphasis on certain words or phrases leads the readers' minds onto so many other, branching-off paths.
"Such a difference one little word makes. Such weight and significance that word carries . . . "
However much she is "destined to be murdered", Bryony wants to live.
". . . Human nature dictates that we want what we want, and we want what is scarce. We want to enjoy things before they are taken from us . . . "
And so she runs.
No matter how long or short of a stay we get with each character in this novel, Yardley infuses them all with lives full of hopes, dreams, emotions, and ambitions. Even those that are only in a single chapter, we leave feeling as though we "knew" them. The author has a phenomenal gift in the art of characterization, making it appear so easy with her words; and yet, in reality, this is a very difficult task for many writers to master. Fairy-tale feeling aside, you will undergo each of Bryony's adventures and each person whose life she impacts with her mere presence.
"You must know this: There are not always happy endings . . . "
Throughout this entire tale of a girl who was born destined only for death, we are besieged with the most human of all emotions, love and hope. Each new character she comes in contact with becomes fair game for the fates that crave her blood. You will read on with apprehension, wondering at their own final destinies now that they've crossed Bryony's path--but read on, you will. Yardley's incredible ability to capture the readers' attention and keep them in the worlds she creates is remarkably considerable.
This is the tale of Bryony, the girl who must run to escape her own future. One thing you will take away from this riveting novel is that: ". . . life was not meant to be fair, it was meant to be lived."
This novel by Mercedes breaks almost every rule of fiction writing with the main one being the author a strong voice in the action. She has an off beat way of taking the reader on the journey toward death and interjecting the odd thoughts here and there which may or may not matter and some don't - but so what? This is a dark fairy tale of a dark fate, those around her pushing her out of harm's way, those taking a chance on loving the Star Girl, and a killer who wants her all to himself and be the once who completes the deed. The title grabs you and the events that unfold in Bryony's life will keep you wondering when death drops an anvil on her poor little Star Girl head. Will she die? Everyone dies. Shame on you for asking - read it for yourself and you won't be disappointed.
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