Pretty Marys all in a Row By Gwendolyn Kiste

Every place has a similar story….the story is normally about a girl walking home from a dance and something horrible happens to her.  Now she is destined to walk that stretch of road forever trying to get home.  Some people stop and offer her a ride home. However, when they reach her house she has disappeared or the house is completely dilapidated. There are different takes on the story of Resurrection Mary myth. I recently listened to The Astonishing Legends three part podcast about resurrection Mary. It was really interesting and very fitting when I started to read this Pretty Marys all in a Row. 


Summary: Resurrection Mary needs to save herself and her sisters Bloody Mary, Mistress Mary, Mary Mack and Mari Lwyd from the darkness.

What I liked:  Kiste’s writing is ethereal through Pretty Marys. The idea of the story is unique and something that I hadn’t read before. I love the concept and the execution didn’t disappoint. The idea that Resurrection Mary has a human friend is completely intriguing and I kinda wanna be her friend. But I digress….the pacing of the story is so good and you end up getting wrapped up in the story. Kiste’s description of the house and the surrounding gardens really brought Mary’s home to life. I loved the entire backstory. This was a story I wanted to hug. It was so well written and so well thought out and executed.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked Abby to take a larger part earlier in the story.

Star Rating: 5 Bloody Marys

My thoughts: What really intrigued me was the idea that there was something that the ghosts were scared of. Something that frightened the frighteners. That was something that ran through my mind the last half of the story. Kiste really blew me away with this story.  The concept, the writing and the ending. I appreciated the different Mary’s backstories, they were all so different but yet similar. There was so much sadness and loneliness woven throughout the story of the Marys, that you truly begin to feel the weight of each story. If you haven’t gotten this yet please do it is so good.

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