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688 pages, Paperback
First published July 2, 2015
The world stops for you when you’re pretty. That’s why women spend billions on crap for their faces. Their whole life, they’re the center of attention. People want to be around them just because they’re attractive. Their jokes are funnier. Their lives are better.Well, there might be some downsides. Pretty Girls is a white-knuckle thriller that will keep you turning the pages long after you should really have gone to sleep. Do not read this while on a train. You will miss your stop.
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.
Claire and Lydia had a sister who vanished twenty years ago. When Claire’s husband is suddenly killed, the two estranged sisters decided to reunite and work together to find out the connection between the murder and Julia’s disappearance.
“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.”
“Why did it have to be her?”
PRETTY GIRLS is a story about the unexplained disappearance of one missing sister (of three) named Julia, and the devastating after-affects of her loss. It is also a story about a sick and sadistic psychopath who works his evil in despicable ways that are graphically described within these pages which should serve as a warning to those opposed to reading such violence.
The story pulled me in right from the start, but was a bit confusing with regard to character connection for a bit until "something" happens in the alley that drew me back in, sorted out the players and kept my interest till the gratifying end.
Haven't read a Karin Slaughter novel in a very long time, but this stalker murder-mystery is a hell of a thriller with one hell of a shocker.....or two.