• Pretty Little Dead Things

  • A Thomas Usher Novel
  • By: Gary McMahon
  • Narrated by: Jay Villiers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Usher has a terrible gift. Following a car crash in which his wife and daughter are killed, he can see the recently departed, and it's not usually a pretty sight.

When he is called to investigate the violent death of the daughter of a prominent local gangster, Usher's world is torn apart once more. For the barriers between this world and the next are not as immutable as once he believed.

Gary McMahon’s short fiction has appeared in numerous acclaimed magazines and anthologies in the UK and US and has been reprinted in yearly “Best of” collections. He is the multiple-award-nominated author of the novellas Rough Cut and All Your Gods Are Dead; the collections Dirty Prayers and How to Make Monsters and Pieces of Midnight; and the novels Rain Dogs and Hungry Hearts. He has been nominated for seven different British Fantasy Awards as both author and editor.

©2010 Gary McMahon (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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good book good reader

good story, the next book bad dead things is awesome (listened out of order) really enjoyed this one recommend both. The reader is also awesome.

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A Hauntingly Intense Story

I enjoyed this book. It was well written and narrated. It is very edgy and there are triggers not subtitle for all readers. Particularly references of child sexual abuse and snuff porn. But it is just in the foundation of the story and not graphic llll

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Did not disappoint

So far this is my favorite Author on here and Most Definitely a Fan Jay Villiers . BEWARE!!!! Very graphic, detailed, Gory, creepy, BUT FABULOUS!!

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Odd story

Well I don’t know what I was expecting but this was an odd story and so depressing at times . Alot of death and darkness so I didn’t really enjoy it but finishes just out curiosity snd the end was odd as well with no real conclusion. I love the narration though ... if that’s any consolation.

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Confusing and overwhelming

I gave up on this after about 3 hours. The timeline is all over the place. In some parts the story implies that the guy's wife and kid died a year ago, but that doesn't make sense since he didn't acquire his paranormal talents until after the accident and again, it is implied he worked in the paranormal field for quite a while before taking a break. Later it's stated point blank that they died some 15 years ago, which fits into the timeline better. But that's 3+ hours into the story. By then we've jumped back and forth all over, from the accident that killed his family, to present day, to the early days of his recovery and discovering his paranormal gifts, back to present day, briefly into an affair, back to present day....by then I've completely lost the will to try and keep up with how the timeline fits together, much less give a flying fig newton about the character and his storyline.

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Breathtaking Listen

Very interesting premise, although trigger warnings should be listed for gore and child abuse. The narration was fantastic!

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Better than expected

Interesting twists. The real evil turned out to be from an unexpected source. Could have used less descriptive of setting and more to nature of evil.

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horrible

very dark, children dying etc...no redemption at all just pure darkness. I always look for redemption with any horror story do not reconmmed

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Good story, didn't like the ending

There was so much potential in the story line, but I kept losing my connection with the main character as the story continued to harp on his guilty. The ending was a huge let down for me, with so much coming together at the end I was hoping for a winner , or even an explanation.... but got none of that. maybe just not by kinda of ending. But the story line was good, didn't drag much and it was very easy listening.

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Drab

Just a confusing cluster of nonsense. No real character development. I Kept waiting for the actual story to coalesce. Never happened.

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  • Ellis
  • 07-23-21

Twisted Themes, Woefully Unpowered Hero

The best way I can describe the main character is: Harry Dresden but has no idea how powerfully he might actually be. And is so beaten down by tragic events that's he's barely a functioning human being. Stumbling his way through a sick game of death, gruesome acts and cruel other worldly creatures that want to show him so much more. He fights his way through all of this with scraps of evidence and luck. All so that he can feel like less of a failure for maybe a couples minutes before another nightmare lands on his doorstep. The story itself has a tight focus on it's characters, never giving you more then you need to know. This combined with a minimal cast of characters gives the story a breakneck pace.

If your entertained by characters being challenged with the concepts of reality, and where they lie in the events unfolding around them. This is a must buy.

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