Goodreads Synopsis: #1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
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 thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.My Review: So Pretty Girls has been on my radar for such a long time. I have heard so many things about it. One thing that really drew me in was people saying how graphic it was. I did see that some people have rated the book not so high because of that so I just want to warn you that this book may not be for everyone.
I have to say I was hooked immediately. Karin’s storytelling was amazing. I honestly never wanted to put this book down. Throughout the whole time I was reading it I had so many questions and it left me wanting more. I liked how you really didn’t know everything until the very end. Karin did a great surprising me. There were so many things I did not see coming. This is one of those books I never wanted to put down because you were always finding out new information and I was dying to know how everything pieced together.
Another thing I really enjoyed was how this book was told in 3 different perspectives. You have the father of Lydia and Claire who gives you some backstory of when their sister Julia got kidnapped. Then you have Lydia and Claire and them dealing with everything that was going on. I really liked that because I felt it really gave you a complete picture of everything that was going on. No details were left out because you always knew what was happening. I thought that made the story a lot more enjoyable.
I do have to say this book really got me thinking about what would I have done if I was put in this type of situation and I really don’t know. I think it’s really scary to think about. I do end up feeling horrible for this family and everything they were put through. I know this is a book I will remember for a long time. Whenever I wasn’t reading this book I was asking myself questions about this book. I always found myself telling my boyfriend things that would happen in this book. It really had me thinking and I am so thankful this is a fake story. I’m not saying it isn’t something that couldn’t happen. I know in a review someone wrote they didn’t like how detailed it was because they were a parent and they were worried about the things in the book happening to their kid. So this is a very intense and emotional book.
Overall I found myself really enjoying it. I couldn’t wait to get the full story of everything that happened. The writing had me hooked right away. I really needed this because I’ve been feeling so let down by thriller/suspense books lately. I haven’t found too many that pulled me in right away like this so that was such a nice feeling. Plus I didn’t expect things to be the way they were so it was very shocking. I will be checking out more of Karin’s work in the future.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars