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Pretty Girls: A Novel by [Slaughter, Karin]
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“The author’s trademark of complex plots coupled with character studies makes Pretty Girls another standout.” (Associated Press)

“Stunning family.... Certain to be a book of the year.” (Lee Child)

“Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched. . . . I’d follow her anywhere.” (Gillian Flynn)

“One of the boldest thriller writers working today.” (Tess Gerritsen)

“Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers.” (Michael Connelly)

“Breathtaking…. Fiction doesn’t get any better than this.” (Jeffery Deaver, New York Times-bestselling author of Solitude Creek and The Skin Collector)

“Searing, searching, soulful: a major achievement.” (Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Speaking in Bones)

“A hell-raising thriller…a genuinely exciting narrative driven by strong-willed female characters who can’t wait around until the boys shake the lead out of their shoes.” (New York Times Book Review)

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Lee Child says it’s “stunning… certain to be a book of the year.”
 
Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.”

Jeffery Deaver says that fiction doesn't get any better than this.
 
Gillian Flynn says of Karin Slaughter: “I’d follow her anywhere.”
 
See for yourself what these #1 New York Times-bestselling authors are talking about.

 
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 novel from one of the finest writers working today.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1887 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (Sept. 29 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VES8D6K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is my first Karin Slaughter novel, and I had high hopes for an entertaining story, but I came away disappointed and, frankly, somewhat nauseated. The descriptions of the torture and sadism were so graphic that I had to skim over them - in fact I would be leery of someone who found this kind of content entertaining. I prefer more mystery/suspense and less gore. There wasn't much of a mystery here - the story line was linear and boring, other than a couple of plot twists, one of which I found not believable at all. I can't say much more without spoilers, but I found one of the main characters and one of the main relationships unconvincing, and one of the other characters frustratingly stupid. Even the ending fell flat for me. Not a fun read.
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A few weeks ago, I blogged about a short story by Karin Slaughter - Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes. That story was a prequel to her just released stand alone novel - Pretty Girls. The short story had me riveted, unable to stop reading until I finished.

The book? I truly couldn't put it down...... Let me fill you in.....

"More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teen aged 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."

Claire and Lydia are well drawn characters. I was immediately drawn to Lydia, but never overly liked Claire. But, the relationships between the main characters is believable. Excerpts from their father Sam's journals are heartbreaking as he details his attempts over the years to find the missing Julia. The aftermath and effect of a crime on a family is deftly explored.

The premise is dark and disturbing, but it is Slaughter's writing that sucks the reader in and just never lets up. There's an undercurrent thrumming beneath the surface of Slaughter's prose, ominous and seriously frightening.
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This book has been on my TBR list for a bit now as a book to get into. Pretty Girls is the epitome of when it rains it pours. After the death of her husband Claire finds herself knee deep in the history of a man she thought she knew.

The beginning of this book is fantastic, I could not get enough of it. It starts with an unknown character writing to his missing child. The next chapter is from the perspective of a new character, Claire. She, for some unknown reason has just come off house arrest and is meeting her husband for drinks. In the chapter after that is a yet another character Lydia. She's a mom watching her daughter play basketball and despises Paul (Claire’s husband). This entire first part had me flipping the pages as wildly as my Kindle would allow going “who is this?”, “what’s happening now?”, and “omg I love Lydia” and so on. Karin built tension almost effortlessly. Moreover she introduces a series of characters in a short period of time that are interesting and memorable.

Something shocking about this book for me, was the lack of censoring. The violence was so detailed, visceral, and raw that I often cringed reading it. Is this everyone’s jam? I know it’s not. But there’s something admirable about not glossing over the murder/crime in your story. That being said, a lot of the things in this book are pretty twisted, so if detailed descriptions of rape and torture are particularly upsetting to you, you may want to skip some bits.

Finally, the perfectionist in me loved that all the little bits and pieces fit together nice and neat in the end. There were no real loose ends, no follow up questions, nada.

The villain was too villainous. First he started off as just being creepy, which was scary, but believable.
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Once there were three sisters, Julia, Lydia and Claire Carroll. Twenty-four years ago, 19 year old Julia Carroll went to a bar with a group of friends. She was never seen again. Her body has never been found. What happened to Julia Carroll?

Claire and Lydia have led very separate lives since then. Lydia has been estranged from her family and is a single mother doing the best she can. Claire has married a millionaire, and seems to want for nothing. But when Claire’s husband Paul is murdered, the sisters are drawn together. Claire returns home after her husband’s funeral to find that her home has been broken into. She calls Lydia, and the two of them embark on a harrowing search for the truth. Claire finds that there is a lot she doesn’t know about Paul. Is there a connection between Julia’s disappearance and Paul’s murder?

Part of this story is told in the first person through the diary entries of Sam Carroll, the girls’ father. The balance is split between the third person perspectives of Claire and Lydia. This works well both as a way of delivering different perspectives as well as maintaining tension while keeping the story moving at a steady pace. Another young girl has gone missing, and Claire and Lydia are thrown back into the horror of when Julia disappeared. This awareness is heightened for Lydia because she is the mother of a teenaged girl.

It’s difficult to say more about this novel without introducing spoilers. If you like a thriller and you can handle descriptions of violence and brutality, then you may well enjoy this. I found it very hard to put down, I kept wanting to read one more chapter to find out what would happen next. ‘Pretty Girls’ is a standalone novel, not part of the Will Trent series.

Note: My thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an opportunity to read an advance copy of this novel.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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