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Pretty Girls
Pretty Girls
Author: Karin Slaughter
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062429056
ISBN-10: 0062429051
Publication Date: 9/29/2015
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 36 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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I received this ARC courtesy of Dead Good Books via Goodreads. Thank you so much! It pains me to think that I might have missed out on what is probably going to be the best book I read this year. There is so much I would like to say about this book, but I'm afraid it would take reams of paper to do so.

Try to imagine ... you've been married 18 years and you've just buried your husband after he was killed in a robbery. Now imagine that you find things that you never knew of .. tapes showing women being tied up, tortured, raped, murdered. And then you discover numerous files on women all across the country .. all rape victims at one time or another. And then you're told he embezzled millions of dollars from his company. So who exactly is this human monster you've shared your life with?

Who do you trust with this information? Where do you turn?

The book follows a father whose daughter disappeared many, many years ago and was never found. He spends his life journaling about his search for her. There are also two sisters affected by this disappearance. There are secrets between them and a lot of forgiving to be done.

The book is absolutely brilliant! I'd give it 10 stars if I could. I've followed Karin Slaughter for many years, starting with her Jeffrey and Sara books. This is a stand-alone book.. something entirely different for her ... and she did an awesome job of roping me in. I had moments of holding my breath .... even a tear here and there. It takes a very special author to wring those emotions out of me. The book is so well-written and the characters so believable.

I highly recommend this book!
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I'm a HUGE Karin Slaughter fan and have read all of her books. I probably enjoyed this one the least for one reason: it had FAR too much graphic torture for my taste. She's a great storyteller, don't get me wrong, but I could definitely have done without the incredibly detailed descriptions about the extreme torture endured by the young victims.
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Karin Slaughter takes another break from Grant County in her new standalone thriller "Pretty Girls." The initial chapters alternate between a father's writings to his daughter who went missing as a teenager, and third person narratives focusing on a wealthy house wife who is on parole after an incident at her tennis club, and a former junkie who is struggling as a single mother. Eventually the connections between the characters are revealed, and justice is sought for the missing girl.

This is a difficult book to review without giving too much away. Karin Slaughter is on my auto-buy list, and as always the quality of the writing stands above the rest of the crowded thriller market. Long time fans will know not to expect a cozy, but I do think that this is her darkest book yet. The descriptions of sadistic crimes are unflinching and will leave disturbing images in the readers' minds. Some suspension of disbelief is necessary: a few times I found myself thinking "No way, that is way over the top!" but those thoughts were fleeting as I turned the pages to see what would happen next.

Pretty Girls is not an easy read because of the grisly crimes it describes. Fans of the author who have long-since forgiven her for the Jeffrey thing and also have strong stomachs won't be able to resist "Pretty Girls."

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.