Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Title: Pretty Girls 

Author: Karin Slaughter 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 

Type: Standalone 

Genre:  Mystery, Crime Thriller 

Narration: Limited Third Person 

I had heard some great reviews about this book. I had been postponing to pick this up. Finally, I made up mind to pick it up and check this out for myself. I was cursing myself for not picking it up sooner. It’s wonderful and highly engrossing read. 

Pretty Girls is the story of two sisters. One is recently widowed and another is a mother of teenage daughter. They were estranged few years ago and get in touch with each other in a dramatic manner. When one sister stumble upon an unexpected thing, it will arise lot of questions. In uncovering that, they find some new clues on their missing elder sister’s disappearance 20 years ago.  

This book has some wonderful twist and unexpected moments. It has some psychological twists, enough to keep to wondering, guessing and wanting more. The way characters discover their strength and bring out inspiration from other is wonderfully described. Bond with the sisters is what really propelled this story forward for me and I was completely invested in the outcome. 

This book has some graphic detail that might be disturbing for some. Even though Climax is thrilling and engrossing, I would have loved some more detailed explanation. Plot moved in fast pace. Narration is simple with clean and crisp writing. 

Fair warning, this book is very much a thriller and contains graphic moments of sexual content and violence. However, that’s part of what makes it so enthralling within its genre. It’s an intense, quick, disturbing fast-paced thriller and an addictive page-turner with a very satisfying ending

Source: My purchased copy

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Blurb as per good reads

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 novel from one of the finest writers working today.

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