Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And it seems that she might not be the only one.
Claire is convinced Julia's disappearance is linked.
But when she begins to l ...more
Of course she knew the PC police would be out with their torches and pitchforks. Kudos to Karin for ignoring your delicate sensibilities and challenging the status quo. (less)
WIth PRETTY GIRLS I actually know when I got the idea. Maybe it was somewhere in the back of my brain all along, but I actually woke up from a dream and had the idea firmly in my head (okay, that doesn't tell yo ...more
A new Karin Slaughter!!!!!!!!
My reaction after reading this book.
I love this author. I fangirl so hard over her Grant County/Will Trent books so much that if I go anywhere that has them I must be restrained from recommending that people read them. Yes, Library ladies I will try and behave.
But this one. Not.
It didn't even feel like it was written by the same author that I love.
It starts off with Claire Scott. She is a typi ...more
Wow! This book was heavy. I just can't think of a better word to sum up how I feel after finishing this. I'm glad I spaced it out instead of devouring it like I wanted to initially. I've seen many people torn on this book and I understand why; it is EXTREMELY graphi ...more
The world stops for you when you’re pretty. That’s why women spend billions on crap for their faces. Their whole life, they’re the center of attention. People want to be around them just because they’re attractive. Their jokes are funnier. Their lives are better.Well, there might be some downsides. Pretty Girls is a white-knuckle thriller that will keep you turning the pages long after you should really have gone to sleep. Do not read this while on a train. You will miss your stop.
The story i ...more
I've never read a book like this. There are so many twists and turns a race car driver would have trouble navigating. I literally cannot stop thinking about a ...more
CW: murder, violence, gore, torture, rape, assault
This novel is straight up disturbing and horrifying. I don’t believe I have ever read a more graphic and chilling novel. As someone who spends a decent amount of time listening to readings of “dark web stories” and other horror stories on YouTube and scrolling through reddit threads like /letsnotmeet and /nosl ...more
Wow! This was one dark and disturbing story. I love dark reads, but this was pretty gruesome for me at times. I was at the edge of my seat from start to finish with this one. I even had nightmares about this book. As I start to write this review, just thinking about it is giving me the chills. It was just that messed up.
When Claire Scott is widowed by her wealthy, seemingly perfect husband, she is left to pick up the pieces. With the FBI and ...more
HOLY HELL. So, I just spent the last 2 days reading this awesome book. It went waaaaaay the freaking hell outside of my "usual" reading preferences. The genre is more of a crime thriller (no romance) which I almost never read but this particular blurb really grabbed me. So I opened the book. By the end of the prologue, I had CHILLS running through me and tears in my eyes.... So, I had to read it!!! And honestly I loved it!!
But you guys, it is NOT for the faint ...more
Karin Slaughter's Pretty Girls asks all of the questions and then answers them in the creepiest way I can imagine. It's been a while since I laid in bed at night hoping that what I had just read doesn't give me nightmares, but t ...more
The shattering of a family as told from the perspective of the remaining members.
Julia goes missing one night at age 19, following an evening out with her college friends to a local bar. Julia's 2 sisters Claire and Lydia, grow up in the shadow of her disappearance and take different paths in their lives.
24 years later her family remains in shambles. A recent, tragic event brings Julia and Lydia back together. Can they finally discover what happened to their sister?
Unpopular opinion but I didn't like this book. I did listen to it as an audiobook which might not have been the best idea.
PRETTY GIRLS is a story about the unexplained disappearance of one missing sister (of three) named Julia, and the devastating after-affects of her loss. It is also a story about a sick and sadistic psychopath who works his evil in despicable ways that are graphically described within these pages which should serve as a warning to those opposed to read...more
Which leads us to this book. Pretty Girls is a story written by the talented Karin Slaughter, and the recurring feelings she conveys to us are full of pathos. But she also does a professional job of thinking of convoluted and complex ways to ...more
It almost feels weird to say this book held my interest because it is such a dark and disturbing story. This is the third book I have read by the author and she's just a really good storyteller. I'm now going to make it more of a priority to seek out her other books because she has proven to me she is one of the best in the business.
Over twenty years ago, Julia vanished without a trace. To say her disappearance had an impact on her family is putting it mildly. Her two sisters, Claire an ...more
With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved.
But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.
I found this book to have an interesting plot if somewhat up and down in pace ...more
― Karin Slaughter, Pretty Girls
What an incredible book. Dark and suspenseful, it hooked from the very beginning. Karin Slaughter is a master storyteller. This book was raw and gritty and made me cry several times while reading, but I'm so glad that it didn't disappoint, it's definitely one of the best thrillers I have ever read.
Wow. What a fucking book. This was one of the most disturbing/fucked up books I've read in a LONG time. And I think it was worse for me because I literally knew NOTHING going in. Such a great reading experience. 10/10 would recommend if you're into thrillers and can handle graphic content.
The grittiness, shock tactics and reveals, which many people have praised, left me feeling relatively cold.
Characters: The major characters are two parents with three teenage daughters. Julia, who we met in the Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes novella, goes missing at the age of 19. Father Sam who never gives u ...more
"A Particularly Beautiful Woman Is A Source Of Terror"
"Missing teenage girl. White. Middle class. Very Pretty.
No one ever seemed quite as outraged when an ugly woman went missing".
"Tragic, she was so beautiful".
"You were nineteen years old. Legally, you did not belong to us anymore".
"This is what we knew: You were in a bar. You didn't drink any more than usual.
You told your friends that you weren't feeling well and that you were ...more
The book is full of torture porn. It's about 400 pages and I'd say 1/4 is straight up, highly detailed repetitive torture porn. That's about 100 pages describing women being tortured, raped and murdered. And cut up.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill thriller. No, no. This is big kid stuff. The stuff that gets called "chilling" and "heart pounding" and "edge of your seat" and "thriller" and "psychological".
What it is, is DULL.
Don't get me wrong. I'd say the first 140 pages or so, ...more
Ms. Slaughter can give you precise, intricate details of a crime like no other. She makes you feel like you are watching your foot placement as you tread through the crime scene with bated breath. Your brain is filled with such terrible imaginings.
This story focuses on a missing sister from the past and a missing girl of the present. Karin Slau ...more
And, the book was good for around 60% and then it just lost steam and my interest in the book and I felt not the usual feeling I get when the book is starting to get close to the ending, the fe ...more
I straight up chucked this book to the side waaaaaaay back in August for daring to mention the two words in the English language I hate the most . . . PUMPKIN SPICE. Seriously people, enough is enough . . .
I mean really, a combo of nutmeg and cinnamon is what will destroy this world. Have you ever watched a cinnamon challenge? A tablespoon of the stuff is enough to murder you. Anyway, now that the season which shall not again be nam ...more
CW: This book is incredibly violent and dark. If you don't like gore, I do not recommend this for you. There is also several mentions of rape and violence towards women.
This book was absolutely addicting! I am often disappointed by thrillers, but this one was so good. I loved every twist and turn. This book was raw and gritty and actually scared me. There were even times it brought me to tears. I would say this is one of the best thrillers I've ever read and I definitely wil ...more
Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors and has been for years. No one can write a crime novel like her. Imagine my excitement when I saw that she was coming out with a psychological thriller! I had really high expectations going in and she delivered. As always, her writing is exceptional. Be prepared for a dark and disturbing read, that's full of shocking twists.
A family was destroyed by the disappearance of a nineteen-year-old girl. Twenty-four years ago, Julia’ ...more
ABOUT THIS BOOK: #1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing trage ...more
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