Legal Stuff: I was provided with a copy of Pretty Girls for free from Harper Collins to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received.
Oh. My. God.
That is the best way for me to begin this review. I read the following snippet on Amazon:
“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.”
I thought oOOooo that looks interesting.
About two chapters in I knew that this book was not going to be what I thought. I’ve never read a Karin Slaughter book and this one, I must say was great.
Slaughter has a way with words- she does an excellent job of describing things to a ‘T’- I knew how much an item being held weighed, what color it was, and even what it smelled like. Her descriptive writing pulls you in right from the beginning and if you are a visual person like me, it’s like you are right there with the characters- in the alley, in their home, at the police station.
Because of her eye for detail, I must say: Trigger Warning to anyone badly triggered by acts of sexual violence- there was a lot of it and Slaughter spared no details. She goes to some very dark places and the writing can be very intense during those moments. For this reason alone, as we got deeper into the book I had to put it down and come back to it the next day, reading it in bits and pieces. Someone with my history probably shouldn’t read books like this at all, but her writing is so good and you become so invested in the characters that you want to know what happens.
The suspense reminded me a bit of Gillian Flynn’s books- every time I thought I had a handle on what was going on, Slaughter would throw another curve ball into the mix. I found myself constantly asking “Is he involved? Is she involved? ” I could never really tell who our protagonist could trust.
I loved all of the strong female characters in this book, who although flawed, were still able to band together in the end. This is a wonderful story of sisterhood, family, deception, lies and ultimately finding the truth. Slaughter uses a great analogy from The Matrix- red pill or blue pill… How far would you go? How much would you want to know?
I wouldn’t hesitate to read another Karin Slaughter book in the future.