Sunday, 13 September 2015

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls
By Karin Slaughter
Published by Cornerstone, Random House UK (2 July 2015)
ISBN: 978-1473507876

Publisher's description
With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved.

But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

My verdict
I have always been a big fan of Karin Slaughter's books, but I do have mixed views about Pretty Girls.

The first quarter was a little slow for me, and also rather confusing with the different narrators. But I did find the speed of the writing picked up in the middle half of the book.

Claire's sister Julie disappeared 20 years ago and no one knows what happened to her. Claire is now happily married. But then her husband Paul is killed in a seemingly random mugging attack. As Claire comes to terms with her loss, the local police don't seem to be making any progress in the investigations. And when Claire starts delving more into her husband's life, she makes several horrific discoveries.

Overall I did enjoy Pretty Girls, although it wasn't a 'wow' read for me. The plot is graphic, dark and gruesome in places. It does become rather unbelievable, but then you just have to go with the flow and enjoy the ride. It certainly has some great twists and turns and leaves you on the edge of your seat.

I received an Advance Reader Copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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