Dead Pretty by Joy Wood

Wow! Jaw Dropping!

Dead Pretty by Joy Wood is an absolutely cracking crime suspense that I just could not put down.

The action is set in 1977 in an orthopedic hospital near Nottingham as we follow four young student nurses. They each come from varying backgrounds but are united in their vocation.

For the reader we are transported back to the sights, sounds and fashions of 1977.

There is a killer on the loose. He has killed before and he wants to kill again. We ‘hear’ his voice as the chapters alternate between him and the four new recruits. We learn of his background and can only guess at the motivation for killing but we do not know who he is.

Within the novel there were several male characters who appeared to be the correct age. Joy Wood threw out snippets of information about them all – I suspected them all in turn! The author had constructed a marvellous plotline as I went round in circles, never quite sure who was the murderer.

The suspense ramped up and I hung on to Joy Wood’s every word until… wow! Jaw dropping, I read towards the conclusion.

Dead Pretty was a superb suspense, crime fiction out of the top drawer. It was my first book by Joy Wood but I shall certainly be hunting out more.

I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

A word of caution: there were some scenes that some readers may not like. There were some that I skipped over but it did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.


Dead Pretty

1977 – Six student nurses embark on their nurse training at Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital. They are young, excited and soon develop a strong friendship bond within their cohort.

But there is a predator amongst them.

A man that takes great delight in killing young, pretty girls.

He’s done it before.

He watches their movements to decide which one is next.

And then he kills for the thrill.

A student disappears – quickly followed by another.

There are no leads, no evidence, and no bodies.

He’s clever.

But is he as astute as he thinks he is?

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Author Bio

Joy Wood has worked as a nurse most of her adult life and turned to writing six years ago to ‘see if she could.’ Her earlier work was adult romance and intrigue, but more recently she has switched genres to romance with a crime element. Joy lives in the small but charming seaside town of Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire and her writing ideas come from watching the tide turn daily, of course with the obligatory ice-cream – someone has to support the local economy!

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