Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pretty Girls

OMG.  I can't believe it has been over a year since I read a Karin Slaughter book.  I flew through the Grant County series and the Will Trent series until I came to one book that wasn't at my library and I apparently couldn't be bothered with buying and I've been stagnant for awhile.  I read great reviews about Pretty Girls and so I added it to my Christmas wish list.  I got it and decided to dig in this weekend.  I flew through it!

Now, just know that her books can be graphic and they are crime/mystery/cop books.  I'm also thinking this may be her first stand alone book I've read.  I loved her Grant County series, which led me to her other series and I am a series loving fool.

Description: #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 tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

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 thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

This was just so good.  There were many ways the plot could twist and there were a few surprises but I like to pride myself in figuring it out by looking for clues.  There are clues, by the way, so if you are like me pay attention!

All the characters were well written and I only really had one minor complaint.

There is always a good cop / bad cop.  They are always written the same way.  It's not shocking.   Shocking would be to switch it up now and then and make the good cop really good and the bad cop really be bad.  I don't want to talk too much since this is a part that is connected to the suspense but it led to me complaining about it right before I went to bed on Sunday night to my husband ha. 

Just a really really great suspense book!

Do you like figuring out suspense novels or waiting for them to play out? What's the best suspense book you've read recently?

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