Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charon
Publication Date: September 30th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller
Series: Pretty Wicked, #1
Date Read: October 31st, 2019
The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.
But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.
Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.
Written in a mature YA voice. Some graphic content.
I received a copy of this book from the Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Fifteen year old Ryann is on the outside what everyone would consider the perfect daughter. A straight A student, a cheerleader and always follows the rules and listens to her parents. However, Ryann is harboring one huge secret, she’s always been obsessed with serial killers and has the urge building inside her to try to become one herself.
The plot in Pretty Wicked focused primarily on Ryann’s growth as a serial killer as well her attempt to balance being the normal student during the day and a murderer at night. Over the course of the story, we get to see Ryann cultivate her skill as a killer through a series of murders.
Pretty Wicked is actually the first book in a series by Kelly Charron. The is a dark and twisted young adult thriller told from the perspective of Ryann who turns into a psychotic murderer. With the main character in the story being only fifteen she does have a bit of immaturity about her but that perfectly fit what I would expect from a fifteen year old.
I am disappointed by Pretty Wicked to be honest. When I first saw it available on NetGalley, it sounded like just my kind of novel! The cover is fantastic and I checked out the ratings on Goodreads and all of the reviews are pretty positive. Unfortunately for me, the summary is better than the actual book and the only thing I ended up liking is the cover. This is in no way a bad book, it just wasn’t for me, It is definitely an interesting idea, and had so much potential. The Story didn’t really compel me as much as it should. The idea behind it is fantastic, but the execution wasn’t.
“I thought I’d been so careful. But thinking back…why the fuck had I picked people I knew? It was serial killer 101 – don’t choose people you know.”
Overall, I really liked the concept more than the execution. With four murders in four weeks, everything felt rushed. I didn’t have a chance to “enjoy” her killings and the police’s chase because one body wasn’t even cold when another one was found.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments? Happy Reading!