Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

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. . .

My Thoughts:

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.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

20 thoughts on “Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

  1. I attempted to listen to this one when I had a free audio book from Amazon but I couldn’t get into the narration of it and managed to get half way through before realising I’d taken none of it in! I then DNFed it on audiobook and repurchased it in paperback form, but I’m still yet to pick it back up again. I still have a vague recollection of how it played out so I want to give it some time so I don’t feel like I’m rereading, ‘cos I hate that!

    Great review and I’m so glad to see you loved it. Makes me all the more excited to read it! 😛

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    1. That’s the problem with ebooks, you can’t let your attention stray for even one minute, with books you can let your mind wander and you can choose to stop reading but an ebook just keeps on going lol. I’m listening to Sealskin on audio at the moment, it’s such a good story but it’s hard to find the time to dedicate solely to listening.

      And I get you on rereading, it’s only something I started to do in the last year or so and you have to have forgotten the majority of the plot to enjoy it. You’ll probably enjoy the second half of Pretty Girls more because it’ll be brand new

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  2. I agree with what you said about Karin Slaughters writing and her ability to craft such realistic characters is outstanding. This one was a little too gory/graphic for me but was still good. I think you’ll love The Good Daughter as well!

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  3. Yaaay! So glad you enjoyed it, I haven’t read this one yet but very excited to now I’ve read your review. And hooray for another Karin Slaughter fan – can’t wait to hear your thoughts on her excellent series! 🤗

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