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
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
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 ty ...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
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 ...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
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
if you enjoy dark, gritty, graphic crime mystery/thrillers, then this is the book for you. the characters are developed well (the antagonist is one of the most messed-up characters ive ever read), the plot is mysterious, and its written in such a way that you dont really know ...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 fain ...more
This was one of the hardest books to read that I’ve ever read. It has trigger warnings for pretty much any awful thing you can imagine like: violent rape, sexual assault, suicide, graphic violence, murder, torture, and at times I honestly wasn’t sure if I could stomach any more of it. But I was captivated by this writing and I couldn’t stop reading this book, I had to figure out how it would end.
This is my first book from Karin Slaughter and it definitely won’t be my last, though it may ...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
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. ...more
Pretty Girls hammers the point home that men is the worst thing that’s ever happened to humanity. . .
This is some seriously effed up story. It’s graphic and appalling and will probably give you nightmares, especially if you’re a girl. Particularly, the pretty ones with blond hair. Cause you know, some bogeymen are just so . . . basic and more vain than the others.
Claire and Lydia had a sister who vanished twenty years ago. When Claire’s husband is suddenly killed, the two estranged sis...more
The grittiness, shock tactics and reveals, which many people have praised, left me feeling relatively cold. ...more
I’ve read two of Slaughter’s books and I’m pretty sure I’m scared of her. Actually, when I looked up the meaning of the word graphic, her picture popped up. One thing is for sure, Slaughter knows how to grab a reader’s attention. This is quite detailed to the point of discomfort, but it still didn’t deter me from finishing this book to the end.
Claire and Lydia’s relationship in this was brilliant. Two sisters are torn apart and brought back together due to so many horrific secrets that hav ...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?
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
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
This book is gripping and I wanted to keep writing to find out what would happen next. This is a hard book to review because I do not want to give anything away th ...more
A lot of people like that sort of thing, but I personally felt overwhelmed beginning around the 30% mark, and it didn't really let up until the end. I didn't have a problem with the violence until that point, but then it just got to be too much, especially because ...more
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
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. ...more