Twenty years ago, Lydia and Claire's sister, Julia disappears. She was only
nineteen and it tears their family apart. Their parents divorce, their mom
turns into an alcoholic, and Lydia turns to drugs. Claire marries Paul, the
perfect man. Fast forward to today and Claire's world is shattered when
Paul is murdered right before her eyes. Their family is once again forced to
face their old wounds. Their father journals about his search for his
missing daughter who he never stops looking for. My heart was breaking
for Sam as he shares his love for the missing Julia.
Lydia is struggling with life as a single mother to her daughter, Dee. She is
the owner of a dog grooming business and is trying to give Dee a better
life. Once she reunites with her sister, Claire, her life changes in so many
ways. Some ways good and others not good at all. The twists in PRETTY
GIRLS start very early in the story and they never stop.
While Claire is searching Paul's computer for files his partner wants, she
uncovers many secrets that she didn't know about Paul. On the
computer she finds files of women being tortured and raped. She also
finds files of women from all over the country, all rape victims at one time or
another. PRETTY GIRLS is such a disturbing tale, and your heart breaks
for Claire as she discovers secrets Paul hid so well. She now realizes she
was sharing her life for eighteen years with a monster. What is the truth,
and what does it have to do with her missing sister? Claire's grief has now
turned to anger and shock.
I have always loved reading Karin Slaughter. I love her Grant County
series. PRETTY GIRLS is totally different than what I am used to by Ms.
Slaughter. Don't get me wrong, the story is good but just not her usual
style. The characters are all damaged enough to keep you turning the
pages. PRETTY GIRLS is a psychological thriller but also has plenty of
action and graphic violence. The violence was just too much for me. Will I
scream and run to the store to buy her next new book? Of course I will, and
I'm sure I will be very happy reading it.
#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.