Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Kathleen Early (Narrator)
Audiobook: Duration: 20:00:15
Published September 29th, 2015 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 thoughts…

When Claire Scott’s millionaire husband Paul is murdered, she is left to pick up the pieces. With the FBI and the local police showing a high interest in her husband's murder, and the break-in of their home, Claire does not know what to think.

When Paul’s business associate needs files from Paul’s home computer for a presentation, he asks Claire to send him those files. While looking through Paul’s computer, she comes across some hidden files, videos, and a file containing information about Lydia, Claire’s sister. As she digs deeper into those files, she begins to question the very foundation of her marriage and what she really knew about the man she married.

In 1991, Claire’s sister Julia disappeared, and her body was never found. Their father spent years looking for any clue as to what happened to Julia and the strain of not-knowing, lead to his divorce from their mother. Claire and Lydia mourned in very different ways and have not spoken to each other in years. Now, twenty years later Claire needs Lydia. Together, they sort through the clues her husband unintentionally left behind. Somehow Paul is connected to the string of missing girls, including Julia and Anna Kilpatrick (decades apart) and all the disappearances have the same commonalities. As they dig deeper, the truth becomes less and less clear.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Lydia and Claire, with occasional diary entries from their father, Sam Carroll. I was able to feel the anguish of what the Carroll family was going through and how they each grieved in completely different ways. The disappearance of their sister and the not-knowing caused them each deeply emotional scars and eventually tore the family apart. Nothing about this book is as expected, from the beginning to end it was full of twist and turns that kept me guessing. Everyone was a suspect at some point and I never knew who Claire and Lydia could trust.

I listened to the audiobook of Pretty Girls and the narration was great, it was easy to follow. This is the second book I read from this author and I plan to read more of Karen Slaughter’s books. You must be forewarned, there is graphic violence in this book and it is so disturbing at times it will make you cringe. It contains detailed descriptions of brutal torture, mutilation, sexual assault and murder. If you like psychological suspense/thrillers, then this book is for you.

Happy Reading -J


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