Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

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Pretty Girls is one of my favourite mystery/thriller novels! It is so intense and very, very disturbing! It won’t be for everyone and those that don’t like graphic novels should stay away.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenage 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.

Even though it was my second time reading Pretty Girls and I knew what happened,  I enjoyed it more than the first time. I liked picking up on the little details at the very of the beginning especially when Claire’s husband was killed and after the funeral.

The graphic violence was really hard to stomach and it makes for a hard read. Again this book may not be for everyone.

Slaughter did a great job showing the emotions that a disappearance can take on a family, even after 20 years. Each member of the family went through a different experience and sadly it didn’t always make them stronger. The pain that you feel for the two sisters, as well as their father, is so deep that you want badly for them to get closure.

5 calculators out of 5!! So happy that I re-read Pretty Girls and I strongly recommend it to mystery/thriller fans!


“You couldn’t turn on the TV without hearing about the missing teenage girl. Sixteen years old. White. Middle class. Very pretty. No one ever seemed quite as outraged when an ugly woman went missing.”

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