Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter @slaughterkarin @wmmorrowbooks

“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.”

#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.

Excuse me while I wipe the sweat off my brow before reviewing this book! Geez!!!!!!!!

The most thrilling ingredients come together in this story to form the most perfectly creepy psychological thriller ever read! Included in this recipe for disaster are… several creepy characters, one unbelievably gullible woman, a devastated family, a sprinkling of animosity, and a few dashes of jealousy and corruption!

Claire and Lydia are sisters. Sisters should stick together through thick and thin right? So what came between these two sisters?

A most horrific crime rocked the world of this family, drove someone to the ends of the earth. But after many years of being separated and moving on with their lives, what events could possibly bring them together again for a purpose? Their lives are so different. They can’t possibly have anything in common. Except they do…

What happened in the past that was so gruesome that it drove a wedge between them but also forced their lives to come crashing together again? Will Claire and Lydia find sisterly love and forgiveness, will their pasts get in the way of them ever making amends, will the secrets harbored within their family ever reveal themselves?

So many questions! So many layers of characters and plot twists! This story was by far disturbing and creepy but the kind of disturbing and creepy that will make your jaw drop and your heart race. You will not believe how this story unravels! My heart is still racing! We have read Karin Slaughter’s books before and she has a great talent for writing with graphic detail and layers and layers of twists. We look forward to more.

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop Town, The Good Daughterand Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television. 





  1. I have this from my library. Haven’t started yet as I just finished The Good Daughter by her. Are there any animals that get hurt in Pretty Girls? It’s the only reason I hesitate.

    Awesome review!

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      • Good Daughter was violent but wow, what brilliant character writing. I loved the sisters! The smartass quotes and the humor! I loved the bit about the possum “That’s my lover, Bill…” I’m new to Slaughters writing and I’m trying not to read every single book in a row, lol

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