Review : Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
I hesitated reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter for a while. The first two chapters did not grab me. But a recent push to clear off my TBR shelves made me pick it up and re-dedicate myself to reading and reviewing the book, and am I glad I did. Disclosure: While I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, the thoughts are mine. Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter is a psychologically thrilling ride into a veritable host of a truly evil villain’s issues. Hold on kids, things get a bit rough!
Lydia (Pepper) and Claire are sisters, but in name only. Since their sister disappeared when they were younger, the family separated and a secret divided the two, even after their father’s death. When Claire’s husband dies violently in front of her during a theft, she is inconsolable, and finds a few things out about her seemingly-normal husband that shake her to the core. Lydia reconnects with her sister at that time and the women find themselves in the middle of something much bigger and more sinister than they ever thought possible. They don’t know who to trust, except each other–and when their own missing sister has links to what they find, they have to take matters into their own hands to solve the mystery. But, since they don’t know who they can trust, their options are VERY limited.
This book creeped me out, despite my fondness for horror and psychological thriller. This was like Gone Girl met Hannibal Lecter and then morphed into something that Richard Laymon wrote. Similar to The Girl Next Door, I was disturbed. However, Slaughter’s writing it on point, and this book has a lot of seemingly factual information (I won’t be researching it, because it disturbed me), and in a stand alone novel, this book really fit the bill for something different. I was introduced to Slaughter, and hope to read more soon.
I give this a solid 4 out of 5 stars, 4.5 if the scale permits because anything that can stay in my head and still scare the living daylights out of me deserves my respect.
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Challenges:Pretty Girls satisfies the following challenges:
LEP Reading Challenge: 33. A book by a popular author (who is new to you) (whose work you’ve never read).