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Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls, October 2015
by Karin Slaughter

HarperCollins
Featuring: Claire; Lydia; Paul
400 pages
ISBN: 0062429051
EAN: 9780062429056
Kindle: B00VES8D6K
Hardcover / e-Book
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"a gritty and frightening psychological thriller"

Fresh Fiction Review

Pretty Girls
Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted September 14, 2015

Thriller Psychological | Thriller Serial Killer

Alienated from her family for over 20 years since her sister Julia's disappearance, Claire is devastated when her husband is murdered during a mugging. She's been totally dependent on Paul, a controlling perfectionist who's amassed a fortune, but Claire doesn't know how to handle anything without his strict guidance.

In desperation, Claire reaches out to her estranged sister Lydia, a recovering addict trying to put her fractured life together after the decimation of their family. Surprisingly, Lydia doesn't hesitate rushing to help Claire. Even after all these years apart, they are still sisters dealing with a shared loss.

With the police and FBI insistent on investigating Paul's life, Claire is shocked with what she discovers on one of his computers. The more information they keep from the police, and the deeper she and Lydia probe into what Claire has found, the more dangerous the situation becomes for both of them. It will take all of their tenacity and courage to trust each other as they deal with even more shocking revelations about the past -- and Paul's involvement.

PRETTY GIRLS is a gritty and frightening psychological thriller written by Karin Slaughter, a true master of the genre. The suspense is terrifying, the pacing concise, the characters intensely developed, and the chilling plot stunningly conceived and executed. I was absorbed from the first page until the shocking, explosive ending. Karin Slaughter has outdone herself in this impressive stand-alone thriller.

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SUMMARY

#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, 20 years apart, that devastate their lives.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than 20 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.


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