Review: Pretty Little Dead Things

Pretty Little Dead Things
by Gary McMahon
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot (December 28, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0857660705
ISBN-13: 978-0857660701

( 4 stars out of 5)

“Pretty Little Dead Things” is an excellent dark detective / horror novel.  McMahon created an interesting world where reality and the spiritual world collide. I really enjoyed the description of northern England in those dark and shadowy terms. It really gave a dark vibe to the story that goes so well with the character of  Thomas Usher.

After the loss of his wife and daughter, Thomas Usher is able to see the dead.  Usher investigates the death of the daughter of a widely known businessman, and plunges into the  supernatural.

The shadowy feel of the story reminds me of  old “film noir” detective movies and the paranormal angle made for a great story.  Having said that, chapter 18 starts off with “There is an old Biblical proverb that states ‘in the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king’.” Really? What’s the chapter and verse of that little proverb Mr. McMahon? Try Desiderius Erasmus for that quote, I think someone skipped Sunday school.

Still with the occasion slips McMahon puts together an excellent story. I give it a 4 out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Angry Robot. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”