Book of the Day
“Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter
It’s been more than 20 years since Claire and Lydia last spoke. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire; Lydia, a single mother dating an ex-con, struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the disappearance of their sister Julia two decades earlier — and the shocking murder of Claire’s husband brings the horror and heartbreak of the past roaring back into their lives.
The vanishing of a teenage girl and the killing of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? As they form a wary truce, the surviving sisters unearth the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago…and find the astonishing truth where they least expected it.
HOLY SH*T! This book is by far the best book I have read in ages! It’s dark. It’s sinister. It’s twisted. It’s adrenaline-pumping. It’s devastating. It’s touching. It’s heart-wrenching. Karin Slaughter did a phenomenal job with “Pretty Girls.” This is the first book I’ve read of hers and now I have to read them all.
“Pretty Girls” is full of twists and turns. Every time I thought I had everything figured out another surprise smacked me in the face. These shockers were literally jaw-dropping. I heard myself yelling out, “what the f*ck?!” more times than I care to admit. Slaughter’s attention to detail was outstanding. There wasn’t a dull moment throughout the entire book.
My favorite character was Claire. I absolutely loved her! She was easily manipulated. Her judge of character was completely shot. She chose a guy over her own family. She was viewed as unreliable. But even with all these negatives against her she was the most brave one of them all. She was more clever than she got credit for. Claire was fierce. Claire was powerful. She was loyal and loved her family more than life itself underneath it all.
Boy did I think Neil from “Bleeding Heart” was sick and Amy from “Gone Girl”… but I hadn’t been introduced to Paul yet. I can’t say too much more without spoiling the genius that is “Pretty Girls.” But please, please, please read this book! Like I’ve said before, it is sinister and dark. So if you’re squeamish and can’t handle graphic language or scenes you might want to read with caution or skip out on it. To my ultimate psychological thriller fans, you’ll love this one! 5/5 Stars! Someone needs to make this into a movie pronto.
Has anyone else read “Pretty Girls?” I’m dying to discuss this book with someone who has read it. Has anyone read any of Karin’s other novels? What is the darkest book you’ve read lately?