I read Pretty Girls with Sam @ Clues and Reviews; when she suggested it, I was like ‘no, you know I can’t start a series mid-way through,’ for her to tell me it’s a standalone novel. I really need to pay more attention, but in my defence, I picked this up on a whim in the supermarket based on the cover alone. Moving forward, I read my first, yes first, Karin Slaughter novel…
From the back cover:
Twenty years ago Claire Scott’s eldest sister, Julia, went missing. 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 Claire is convinced that 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 same. . .
Pretty Girls is mind-blowingly brilliant, it’s so good, I almost feel bad for other gritty crime fiction novels having to compete with this one. It was gripping, chilling, shocking – everything I look for in my crime fiction reads!
I loved the way Slaughter introduced this novel, with each character having their own storyline going on, you’re not sure if/how the characters know each other but you just know they’re connected in some way, you just have no idea how. The only thing they do have in common, is they’re all following the story of the missing girl – Anna Kilpatrick. The first shocking turn of events came as early as page 38, and had me eager to know how these people were connected. Slaughter keeps this suspense going for several chapters and it really drew me into the plot, had me desperate to know what was going on.
And from then onward, shocking reveal after shocking reveal followed, each one as jaw-dropping as the last! You could never predict what was going to happen in this story. The plot was so chilling, leaving a feeling of unsettlement behind as events moved on – you’re still recovering from the last shock, when Slaughter hits you with another. The more the story progressed the more my heartbeat sped up – the excitement mixed with trepidation had me on the edge-of-my-seat.
The character development in this novel was fantastic. Particularly for the character of Claire, from the start to the end of the novel, you see her character grow and she really comes into her own. Helen, Claire’s mother, was also a character that surprised me, at first, she was just a background character for me, but she too, really came into her own.
Pretty Girls isn’t just the mystery of these missing girls, it’s also the story of facing your demons head-on. And my god, these characters are forced to face theirs! I can’t, and won’t, even begin to detail the horrors – you need to read this one for yourself and experience the spine-tingling sensation that accompanies this read!
Slaughter has crafted a novel that will have you hooked throughout, great characters and character development, a mystery so twisted, it’s brilliant. I highly, highly recommend Pretty Girls.