I bought “Pretty Little Dead Things” without knowing anything about author Gary McMahon. I read the back of the book and liked what was written on it. Before reading it though I did little research and found all kind of opinions, names such as Stephen King and specially John Connolly were brought up. I say specially John Connolly since “Pretty Little Dead Things” is a blend of Crime Fiction Mystery and the supernatural/horror.
Since I’m a big big big fan of John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series, especially from “Every Dead Thing” until the amazing book called “The Unquiet” I wanted to read what Gary McMahon was capable off. Unfortunately he doest come near the Irish writer’s best moments.
“Pretty Little Dead Things” started rather good but towards the end I just wanted it to end. The supernatural and horror took too much space and the plot became a bit too thin in reality and even blurry. The initial mystery of who was the killer and who had abducted the little girl were just the hook, there was no real investigation. And finally, Gary McMahon slowed the pace of story in several occasions by inserting chapters of his life that were completely irrelevant.
“The Unquiet” is an amazing book, but it is in my opinion the last amazing “Charlie Parker” book. Taking that into consideration “Pretty Little Dead Things” is rubbish comparing to “The Unquiet” or any of the Charlie Parker’s books that came out before that.