Title: Pretty Girls
Author: Karin Slaughter
My rating: ★★★★★
When I discovered Karin Slaughter in 2005 I immediately loved her books. I have been a fan of the Sara Linton/Will Trent books and I need to buy those as soon as a new one comes out. This summer was different, as there was a new book written by Karin, but it was a stand alone. Would it be just as good? I had to read it of course, but since other readers either loved it or hated it, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
What the book is about
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.
What I think about the book
This book definitely deserves five stars! I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading lately, but finished this 500+ pages book within two days. I could not put it down! Even though the perspective in this story is really different from her other books, it was really good. This time it wasn’t about the police and doctors sharing all the sickening details of a certain murder or other crime scene in order to solve a mystery. This time it’s told from the point of view of two sisters who are victims of this crime.
Claire and Lydia have a pretty solid idea of who would know more about these missing girls and the awful way they were murdered. They can’t contact the police, as it seems like there are some authorities (police men, politicians and even the FBI) who are involved in this case in one way or another. Until they know who they can trust, they are on their own. Even with their own lives at stake, the sisters desperately search for answers, as they are sure these new murders are somehow connected to the disappearance of their older sister twenty years ago. The fact that it seemed clear who did it, didn’t matter to me. It was still unclear why he had done it, how and who had helped him. That all came together at the end of the book.
For me Karin Slaughter is still the queen of suspense. She has done it again. Yes, Karin is known for the gruesome details she puts in her story, but the way she does that doesn’t bother me at all. It fits the genre and she writes it really well. So if you can put up with that, I would definitely recommend this book.