Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Publication Date: 29th September 2015
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 688
My Review: ★★★★★
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Twenty years ago Claire Scott’s eldest sister, Julia, went missing. No one knew where she went – no note, no body. It was a mystery that was never solved and it tore her family apart.

Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And it seems that she might not be the only one.

Claire is convinced Julia’s disappearance is linked.

But when she begins to learn the truth about her sister, she is confronted with a shocking discovery, and nothing will ever be the same…


Pretty Girls follows Claire Scott, shortly after her husband’s death, as she begins to unravel the dark secrets he has been keeping from her for the twenty or so years they have been married. Along with the revelation that her husband isn’t who she thought he was, the disappearance of a teenage girl intrigues Claire, reminding her of the way her sister, Julia, disappeared when she was just nineteen. Claire soon recruits her estranged sister, Lydia, to try and solve the mystery behind their sister’s disappearance, finding that time is running out and they can’t trust anybody but each other.

Claire and Lydia are our main characters in this story, following them and their journey in trying to figure out what happened to their sister, Julia. Claire is a recent widow of a famous architect, and Lydia is a mother to seventeen-year-old Dee, as well as an ex-addict. I like the fact we get to watch their relationship slowly build up again, the women stating outright that they don’t fully forgive the other. It’s nice to see that sister bond present, that although they are still angry with each other, they are still there to help.

I found this book incredibly difficult to put down and am finding myself falling more and more in love with Karin Slaughter’s writing. A few of the scenes were a little too graphic and definitely are not for the faint hearted, but despite this, it was a shocking thriller that had me gripped from the start.

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