Title: Pretty Girls
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publish Date: September 29, 2015 by William Morrow
# of Pages: 396
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(From Goodreads) #1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.
I read Pretty Girls over the course of 7 days, which is pretty good considering it was a hefty audiobooks.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 5
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 3
Voice Acting – 3
Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter is a story of three sisters, adored by their family, who are ripped apart from one another. Julia goes missing as a teenager, Lydia is estranged from the family, and Claire, the youngest, lives the high life with her husband Paul. When Paul is brutally murdered in front of Claire in a back alley, secrets begin unraveling, and the sisters start finding their way back to each other.
Wow! This was such an intense novel, graphic to the extreme, and utterly horrifying. I really liked the novel, even though parts made me cringe. It was incredibly well-written, though some of the gory details made it hard to read.
The book moved swiftly through the plot. There were a couple lulls here and there where I wished the pace would pick up, but other than that, it had a decent clip throughout. The story concept was thoughtfully constructed and efficiently executed. I appreciated the grittiness of the novel and enjoyed the interactions between the major characters. I especially liked the interactions between Claire and her husband—they were interesting and emotionally complex.
The ending was anxiety-inducing. A lot could have happened, a lot could have gone wrong, and it was a nail-biting experience waiting for the characters to play out their parts. I like endings that keep me in suspense, and this one did not disappoint.
I thought the characters were well done. Paul was my favorite character, simply because of his complexity. He’s a very intense and fascinating character. Clare and Lydia were also well-written, though they didn’t stand out as particularly unique—they felt like “off the shelf” characters—but it still worked well for the book.
The narrator for the audiobook was good, though it took me a little while to get used to her voice. She sounded like a newscaster delivering the morning news. I stopped noticing about halfway through the book, so either she started reading it less like a report or I got used to it.
Should you read this book? This book isn’t for the faint of heart—there are a lot of triggers and squeamish situations. With that disclosure, it was a fantastic book, and I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy thrillers and mysteries.
Have you read any novels by Karin Slaughter? Have you read Pretty Girls? What did you think?
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