Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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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
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 396 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 02, 2020

This book is incredibly well written and the characters are beautifully developed. However it is EXTREMELY graphic and depicts sexual violence throughout.

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.

Sep 20, 2020

earphones winner. "unputdownable" thriller

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.

Nov 12, 2019

Have to agree with reader "beckerlu" about the violence. I, too, stopped reading Patterson for the same reason, but I have enjoyed all other Slaughter books I've read. I am having trouble getting the characters and scenes of violence out of my head as well. That is a well-written book when you care about the characters after you have finished the book.

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