Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A My Favorite Murder Book Club Pick!

"Stunning . . . certain to be a book of the year." - LEE CHILD

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.

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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062429056
Characteristics: 396 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 14, 2020

I thought this was an amazing book that dealt with very dark matters in a really nice non exploitive way. It could have easily been a book that just focused on shock value, but it’s wasn’t. The characters were so well fleshed our and the story was like an onion with layers upon layers. It really showed the tragic horror through the characters eyes in a way that I think made it really stand out for me.

Aug 26, 2020

I was really excited to read this. Sadly, very early on I realized this story is a mashup of the films "8MM" and "Gothika", with a sprinkling of "Sleeping with the Enemy". To say I am disappointed is an understatement.

I didn't care about Claire, who lived a privileged life but didn't seem to care very much where the hell all her husband's money came from (architects make good money but come on now). Nobody's that stupid. If she were, the story wouldn't have gone very far. So you can't have it both ways. The reveals along the way weren't a surprise, largely because the author followed the same formula as in the films mentioned above.

I have read a few other books by this author, which is why I am really surprised by how much I disliked this one. Trigger warning : rape, violence, gore, people abusing their authority, and rich white people.

Aug 03, 2020

I highly recommend the audio. Kathleen Early is an incredibly gifted narrator. Her performance renders the novel so poignant and heart -wrenching that I almost stopped listening because of the brutality and horrific contents ...but who can stop in the middle of a Karin Slaughter 's novel ??

Apr 14, 2020

This was the first book I read by Karin Slaughter. First, love her writing style and I was hooked from the beginning. The subject matter is so dark, however it was a fantastic read.

Jan 07, 2020

This book wasn’t too bad a read until about half way through when the supposedly dead husband showed up. After that point the plot was just ridiculous, I started skipping entire paragraphs just to get through it. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Jan 02, 2020

Could have been a better read if it didn't seem to enjoy indulging in gruesome violent detail. Just over the top and unbelievable in the end.

Nov 21, 2019

I was halfway into this broken family drama when unexpectedly it turned into a targeted, multigenerational horror story beyond all plausibility. What reasonable person enjoys monstrous perversion. A monumental waste of time.

Mar 14, 2019

i enjoyed this read it was gory but i liked the novel. Not for everyone as there was alot of s and m content.

Jan 14, 2019

I generally love mystery and suspense novels, and honestly they usually tend to center around a missing or abducted/murdered girl. This novel was no different in that aspect, but it was HIGHLY graphic. So much so that I wanted to put the book down. I forced myself to keep reading because I wanted to know if the villain got what was coming to him in the end. I also found some of the plot points outlandish and the protagonists scheme seems to work out a little too well in the end, and relies on a few coincidences for her to do so. Overall, I'd pass on this book if you are bothered in any way by graphic depictions of rape, torture, murder, general violence against women.

Sep 03, 2018

I hope this horrifies readers. Or, is this what we have become? Voyuers?? Sorry, I don't want all the gory details.... which I believe only encourage and give ideas to those warped minds.

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