Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karin SlaughterPretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow on September 29th 2015
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 592
Format: digital ARC
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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.

Welcome to The Book Geek’s monthly feature, affectionately called The Genre Spotlight. It’s where we explore and choose one of the myriad genres. We’ll showcase it by having each Book Geek read and review at least one, but possibly a few books belonging to that month’s chosen genre.

We’re hoping to expand our reading horizons to genre’s we haven’t or have barely read, and, hopefully, usher in gems our lives have been missing out on.

As we fall into September, our spotlight is on Mystery & Thrillers!

Why hasn’t anyone told me about Karin Slaughter before? I mean, really. The record-breaking slump that has mercilessly held on to me all year is gone! Finally.
The synopsis for the book does a great job giving enough information to pique our interests, but let me tell you what, it does not prepare you for the journey you’ll be going on when you read it. The characters in this story are all very believable and even the aspects of the story that shows a darker side of humanity you can’t deny because people can be vile.
The story is about two sisters, yes, but it’s also about so much more. Families. Heartbreak. Survival. Resilience. Karin Slaughter is in touch with humanity for sure, and I don’t mean to suggest that other author’s aren’t, but Slaughter seems to really get it – the good, bad, and horrifying. Her writing style is evocative and pulls you in immediately, and best of all, she doesn’t make the mystery obvious and keeps the tension ratcheted up the entire time.
I am so in love with this book that I can’t figure out what to say. I wanted to quote the whole thing. I loved that the characters were flawed and imperfect. I ate up the feminism. I mentioned my slump up there the thing is all I’ve been wanting is to feel something from a book; I would take anything so long as it was real feeling – Karin Slaughter played my emotions as if she were a kid with Play-Doh and it was spectacular. This is one of those books that sticks to me as a mom, too, because there are things I need to think of when it comes to safety and it doesn’t bother me at all if some lessons are based on fiction that could be only too real. Beyond that, though, is the none too gentle reminder to not take your loved ones for granted. I don’t think this can be read and not come away with wanting to hug someone.
I have to go now and read more from her and know that I’m not wrong for thinking she’s in my top 5 favorite authors list.
If you like books you should read this.

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  1. Ah, the month of my birthday is the month for one of my favourite genres (my favourite is horror, haha, I have recs for all you you!). I’m so excited to read this book, as you already know. It’s so great to see there are still good thrillers, because I’ve been disappointed many times, haha.

  2. I love Karin Slaughter. She just drags you in and before you know it, it’s several hours later and you’re finished.
    For some reason, I always feel the need to pick up her books in the autumn. I highly recommend her Will Trent series. You don’t have to read the books in order either – I started with the 4th book I think, and I didn’t feel left out or like I was missing out.

    • Hi Rosie, are you on Goodreads? I love Slaughter’s writing too and would love to discuss any of her titles that we have in common. Have you read any of her Grant County series? What is your take on Lena?

  3. Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors. I agree with Rosie, if you think Pretty Girls was amazing, the Will Trent series will blow your mind. Never have i ever fallen so hard for a main character that i actually think at times that he might not be as fictional as Slaughter would have us believe.Word to the wise though don’t start with Criminal and save if for last.

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