More than two decades ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister, Julia, vanished without a trace. The women, who’ve followed radically divergent paths, have not spoken since. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire; Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. They do share one inescapable connection: neither has recovered from the terror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a crushing 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 these seemingly disparate crimes have in common? Forming a wary truce, the traumatized siblings look to the past for answers, unearthing the secrets that tore apart their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of absolution, redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
From the Author:
“My previous books have explored the relationships between people connected by crimes. This makes for fascinating research, and I hope it makes for fascinating reading; but with Pretty Girls, I wanted to explore the relationships between people connected by blood, by love, by shared history. This is a novel about family secrets and betrayals, which can be just as riveting and life-changing as a crime that brings strangers together. And it allowed me to focus more closely than ever on women – in this case, three sisters, one of them missing and two of them estranged – and the special bonds that unite them,” says Slaughter.
Karin gives us a page turner that will either grab you and give you a page turner, or the subject matter might be a bit intense and you walk away from the book. If you stay with the book, you it may surprise you. This is definitely a read for both sexes, and a bit of a departure from Karin's tamer fare. You either understand the sibling rivalry between Claire and Lydia, or it may seem childish to you. It offers a yin yang view to that of the serial killer however. Karin knows how to string a sentence to grab the reader though, and no matter how gory the book gets, you just can't put it down. If you like Jeffrey Deaver style books, this one will grab you!
About the Author:
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 33 languages, with more than 32 million copies sold across the globe, her fifteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated I>Cop Town and her first psychological thriller, Pretty Girls. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter currently lives in Atlanta.
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