Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Narrator: Kathleen Early
Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
Date Read: October 2015
#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.
Publisher: William Morrow
Also by this author: Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes, The Kept Woman br> br>
Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Edelweiss/Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Read It, Rate It Thoughts: Pretty Girls wasn’t my favorite Karin Slaughter story but it was still a good twisty read! I think what was missing for me was a connection to the characters. The actual case (for lack of a better word) had all the things I expect from Karin: swerves, misdirection, and moments that you go “Oh MY!”. Not caring for the characters though I just didn’t care if they made it through. That kind of lessened those moments of suspense. I had the same problem with Gone Girl’s last 1/3 too so please take that into consideration while reading my review. I do believe this is a beyond worthy read and fans of Karin’s will enjoy it.
Narrated by: Kathleen Early/Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
I really enjoy Kathleen’s narration in almost everything that she does. She nails pacing and characterization. In fact, I think she made me like the characters more than if I had just read it. She really brought them to life.
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