#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
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 thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.
This was well-written, but bordered on torture porn at times, imo. But then again, I don’t read a lot in the crime genre, so I’m pretty sure this is par for course. But just in case, heed my warning: this book is hella graphic in parts, containing violence, abuse and rape.
Marriage. That’s what he called it, though men like Paul do not marry women. They own them. They control them. They are voracious gluttons who devour every part of a woman, then clean their teeth with the bones.
Despite this, the premise of the book is hella intriguing, particularly when we figure out who the perpetrator is, which occurs quite early on in the novel. The rest is a race against time to unravel the spiderweb of atrocities and prove their guilt, looking back at past interactions and lives in a whole new light. And the way that the baddie met their end satisfied my vengeance-seeking heart.
Your mother and I had always been secretly pleased that you were so headstrong and passionate about your causes. Once you were gone, we understood that these were the qualities that painted young men as smart and ambitious and young women as trouble.
What impressed me was the biting social commentary that Slaughter included in the novel, especially in regards to women.
Claire watched the young man pour Paul’s Scotch with a previously unseen professionalism Her wedding ring, her gentle brush-offs, and her outright rejection had been minor obstacles compared to the big no of another man kissing her cheek.
Highly disturbing, but compelling despite the distasteful subject matter, with an interesting focus on families who disintegrate in the wake of a crisis but eventually find their way back to one another.