Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
A Novel

79%

29 Critic Reviews

Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter’s scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again...Slaughter...is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Lee Child says it’s “stunning… certain to be a book of the year.”
 
Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.”

Jeffery Deaver says that “fiction doesn't get any better than this.”
 
Gillian Flynn says of Karin Slaughter: “I’d follow her anywhere.”
 
See for yourself what these #1 New York Times-bestselling authors are talking about.
 
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
 
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
 
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
 
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful novel from one of the finest writers working today.

 

About Karin Slaughter

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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of thirteen thrillers, including Criminal, Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, Faithless, and the e-original short story, “Snatched.” She is a native of Georgia.
 
Published September 29, 2015 by William Morrow. 548 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Pretty Girls
All: 29 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 01 2015

Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter’s scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again...Slaughter...is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jul 03 2015

Chapters from the girls’ father’s journal, written to the missing Julia, form a poignant counterpoint to the chilling violence of this unsettling tale.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 13 2015

The journey on which Slaughter takes her readers is a graphic and horrific one. The book will be difficult for the faint-hearted, though perhaps it is that group that needs it the most...Read PRETTY GIRLS and be wary.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Joyce Morgan on Oct 19 2015

...readers who can take the violence are in for a super thrill ride. This may be the best Slaughter book yet.

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Bestsellersworld

Above average
Reviewed by Allen Hott on Sep 30 2015

An avid reader who is willing to work through some tough parts in an otherwise good book will enjoy this one!

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Bestsellersworld

Good
Reviewed by Gina Metz on Sep 17 2015

Pretty Girls is an excellent addition to the books written by Karin Slaughter. It kept this reader up half the night to finish it as I just could not put it down until I did finish it. Just when you think you have it all figured out she throws in another twist.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill on Sep 28 2015

The author's trademark of complex plots coupled with character studies makes Pretty Girls another standout.

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Tulsa World

Good
Reviewed by Associated Press on Oct 11 2015

The author’s trademark of complex plots coupled with character studies makes “Pretty Girls” another standout.

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Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Kristin Centorcelli on Aug 11 2015

packs a heck of a wallop, and while it’s a powerful thriller, it’s also a deft look into a family forced to confront horrific tragedy. Slaughter’s longtime fans will be thrilled. New readers will be hooked on this twisted tale from page one.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Joanne Wilkinson on Sep 01 2015

A gritty page-turner about the crimes perpetrated against women and the devastating effect on those who love them. One caveat: Slaughter’s many fans know to expect hard-edged scenes, but this novel contains some of the most gruesome she has ever written.

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Lancashire Evening Post

Good
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Jul 27 2015

Prepare yourself for plenty of stunning plot twists, some heart-stopping action and a brand of brutality so monstrous and so harrowing that it will make your stomach turn.

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The Advocate

Good
Reviewed by ELLEN ZIELINSKI on Jan 20 2016

This book is the definition of an engrossing page-turner. I was horrified, but at the same time, I felt like I really needed to know what happened next. And after I finished, I found myself taking a second look at people I know, wondering what secrets they could be hiding.

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Driffield Times & Post

Good
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Jul 27 2015

Prepare yourself for plenty of stunning plot twists, some heart-stopping action and a brand of brutality so monstrous and so harrowing that it will make your stomach turn. A brilliant page-turner from the thriller queen…

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Fresh Fiction

Above average
Reviewed by Susan Dyer on Nov 18 2015

PRETTY GIRLS is a psychological thriller but also has plenty of action and graphic violence. The violence was just too much for me. Will I scream and run to the store to buy her next new book? Of course I will, and I'm sure I will be very happy reading it.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter on Sep 14 2015

PRETTY GIRLS is a gritty and frightening psychological thriller written by Karin Slaughter, a true master of the genre. The suspense is terrifying, the pacing concise, the characters intensely developed...

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P. on Sep 28 2015

Ms. Slaughter does appear to be getting better and better. PRETTY GIRLS is a truly entertaining book that plays with your mind and your heart. Highly recommended!

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Book Loons

Good
Reviewed by Bob Walch on Oct 27 2015

This poignant and unsettling psychological thriller demonstrates that Karin Slaughter hasn't lost her touch when it comes to creating best sellers. Pretty Girls is as gripping and entertaining as any of her previous successful novels.

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A Bookworm's World

Above average
Reviewed by Luanne on Oct 07 2015

Lock the door, turn up the lights - and be prepared to stay up late. Fair warning to gentle readers - this one is not for you - there is graphic violence depicted as well as some very disturbing situations.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Felicia S on Dec 03 2015

Pretty Girls wasn’t my favorite Karin Slaughter story but it was still a good twisty read! I think what was missing for me was a connection to the characters.

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Seduced By a Book

Good
Reviewed by Lisarenee on Sep 14 2015

An intense and gripping read that I recommend to those who can handle a mystery that is interspersed with a splattering of horror. It gave me the willies, but I enjoyed the ride.

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Ageless Pages Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jessie on Sep 08 2015

In the end, this is just not a book or author for me. It was an experiment I am glad I tried, but I will stick to thrillers and mysteries that don't disturb me.

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Imaginary Reads

Good
Reviewed by Alice on Sep 30 2015

I love the characters grow through the book. Also, I enjoy how Claire and Lydia join forces to unravel what really happened to Julia. There are sadistic and dark aspects in the story, such as the power of money, corrupt law enforcement officers and greed. The plot twists are unexpected.

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Crime Watch

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Jones on Dec 21 2015

Slaughter is no fancy prose stylist – her writing is blunt and full of force, all the better to propel the narrative – and her work is not for those who prefer their crime fiction glossy. For the rest of us, she delivers a darkly thrilling revenge tale with lessons about the enduring power of family.

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Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Good
on Oct 09 2015

This was my introduction to the author, and I have been converted to a Slaughter fan! I really enjoyed her writing style. Descriptive, easy to read, well-developed characters, suspenseful writing. Other than graphically disturbing violence and torture, what’s not to like?

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Curling Up by the Fire

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie on Sep 30 2015

Pretty Girls was an enjoyable book, although I will admit that I liked the first part of the book a bit more than the second half, simply because I liked it when the sisters finally came back together after twenty years in order to do some snooping over Claire's husband and I found that shocking and interesting.

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Excellent
on Oct 24 2015

This is one of the most intense, disturbing books I have ever read. It is violent and depraved, but is so expertly crafted that I couldn’t tear myself away.

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Kahakai Kitchen

Good
Reviewed by Deb in Hawaii on Oct 13 2015

If you can look to the story behind the crime, it is a book that is worth every cringe it causes. Just don't read it late at night, when you are feeling vulnerable, or especially when you have something you need to do, because you won't want to stop reading.

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https://2headstogether.wordpress.com

Below average
Reviewed by Ed on Aug 05 2015

Up until page 216, I was fine and the book pulled me in. But I started page 216 and unceremoniously bagged the book. One of my (hopefully) few rules is that if there is a big chance that characters I like will get brutally hurt, I stop reading. In addition, an unlikely event took place that made the book unbelievable…to me.

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http://www.theadvocate.com

Good
Reviewed by ELLEN ZIELINSKI on Apr 28 2016

This book is the definition of an engrossing page-turner. I was horrified, but at the same time, I felt like I really needed to know what happened next. And after I finished, I found myself taking a second look at people I know, wondering what secrets they could be hiding.

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