Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Published on September 29, 2015
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Twenty-five years ago, Julia Carroll disappears and with no clues as to what happened this leaves the Carroll family torn. Sisters Claire and Lydia end up becoming estranged but after the murder of Claire’s husband they put aside their differences and work together to find answers to Julia’s disappearance. Shocking secrets will be uncovered that will lead down a dark path for which their is no turning back from.
- Claire is the youngest of the Carroll sisters and is married to an Atlanta millionaire. Spends her days volunteering and playing tennis at the country club. Her husband Paul took care of everything and now with his death she is at a loss of what to do.
- Lydia turned to drugs after Julia’s disappearance and this lead her to lying and stealing from her family and eventually to her family estrangement. She does get her life together after the birth of her daughter Dee but still continues to be cut from her family.
Once I started reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter I did not want to put it down. This was a bit of a problem since I started reading this at work on my phone and when I did get work to do I was reluctant to stop reading. When I couldn’t read this book I was thinking about it. And since I only had the e-book I stopped by the library and checked the physical copy and also downloaded the audiobook just so I could spend pretty much all my time reading/listening to this book. Needless to say I devoured this book and loved it.
“Because I said so she said.” She paused again. “Sweetheart, I know you’re an adult, but adults are like vampires. The older ones are much more powerful.”
Since this is a suspense thriller I can’t say too much plot wise because I don’t want to give anything away. It is best not knowing much so you can be surprised by the plot twists. And trust me there are some shocking twist that I was not expecting. This book had me on the edge of my seat and read like a movie.
“She was so quiet, but she noticed everything. Her eyes tracked the world like it was a book written in a language she could not understand.”
Kudos to Slaughter and her wonderful writing skills. She has the ability to give life to her characters and the things that happen in this book seem so real. I loved that she told the story from both Claire and Lydia’s perspective. They each have a distinct voice so you aren’t confused as to who is who. I also thought the letters written by the dad to his daughter Julia were very well done and just added more depth to the story. Warning there are some sexually graphic and violent scenes that did leave me feeling nauseous but I felt like there were required for the integrity of the story. When I was reading this late at night alone I was terrified and even ended up having a nightmare.
“Your mother and I had always been secretly please that you were so headstrong and passionate about your causes. Once you were gone, we understood that these were the qualities that painted young men as smart and ambitious and young women as trouble.”
Pretty Girls is the first book I have read by Karin Slaughter and I don’t know how I made it to 30 without reading anything by her before now. I must read all her books and I believe she will become a favourite. I highly recommend picking this up.