Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

pretty-girlsTitle: Pretty Girls

Author: Karin Slaughter

Publisher: William Morrow/Blackstone Audio

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Overall:4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Overdrive Library

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.


This book destroyed me. I listened to this book over the course of about 10 days, and it was so so intense that there were times where I had to stop listening because the anxiety this book was giving me was so real. Claire and Lydia as characters were just so real. In fact I felt myself empathizing with Claire a lot because who really wants to believe that the person they love is such a terrible person. Yes, Claire made mistakes, and she definitely shouldn’t have chosen Paul over Lydia but in the end her love for her sister trumped everything.

This book wasn’t perfect, hearing how beautiful and smart Claire was got old fast, especially since she didn’t seem to use those brains for anything or have an ounce of common sense. Claire was a whiner who used other people to make her life easier, and that was hard to read about.  Lydia was the one that impressed me the most. She might be overweight and pudgy but she was a recovering drug addict who somehow had managed to create her own small business and raise a fantastic kid. She put the brains she had to use, even if she started off at a much lower point than her sister, she also rose above her.

That aside this book was full of twists and turns. I can’t even begin to describe how this book messed with my head and my heart. I can’t even go into detail about some of the things I loved and hated because otherwise there would be major spoilers. Suffice it to say that this book was full of horrible, awful things, and I found myself with my heart in my throat from the beginning chapter to the final one. It was extremely well-written, and plotted out perfectly. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.


4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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“She had felt this intense disembodiment for the last four days, really from the moment the Snake Man had told them to turn around. And then the police, the undertaker, asking if she wanted to see the body one last time and Claire blanching at the word body and sobbing like a child because she had spent every single second since they had taken Paul from her arms trying to remove the image of her lifeless, murdered husband from her mind.”

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