Pretty Girls – KARIN SLAUGHTER

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Slaughters’ fans surely know that she is a unique author who doesn’t necessarily need a good plot to peek her readers’ interest. The book could be about nothing at all and still be the year’s best thriller.

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 the same.

Pretty Girls isn’t just another fast paced thriller that’s all about a plot and a twisted ending; it’s more than that. Karin plays with the details and you slowly become aware of how immensely important they are. The writing is engaging and is easily an inspiration for aspiring writers.
I especially loved how the characters’ internal thoughts and reactions are raw and brutally honest.

Things become interesting when Claire starts to divulge things about herself and decisions she made in the past and a new cast of actors are thrusted into the story.
There are parts in the book where I was not only interested in what happens to the sisters and their discoveries. Instead, I find myself wanting to read more about a few specific characters. I found that the most chilling and engaging paragraphs are the ones narrated by the sisters’ father Sam. It was always soothing how he told his own story.

At the ending, when we’re finally face to face with a major shocking truth, the suspense surely doesn’t cease to exist. I personally found myself immersed inside the final war between the guilty and the innocent within the last gripping pages.
I’m completely bracing myself for diving into more of Karin’s work.
I recommend this for fans of Harlan Coben and S. J. Watson.

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