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.
Title: Close My Eyes
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My rating: ★★★★✫
My mother has recommended this book to me. She borrowed it from a friend and then gave it to me because she thought I would really like this story. On the cover it says that readers who loved ‘Before I go to sleep’ by S.J. Watson will love this novel. Since I did love that one I was curious if I’d like this one as well.
What the book is about
When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.
But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It’s insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her?
Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she’ll find a clue to her daughter’s whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close – even her own life.
What I think about the book
First of all I must admit that reading this book during my pregnancy wasn’t such a good idea. Gen has lost her daughter to stillbirth, or so she thinks until a mysterious lady rings her door bell to tell her that her baby is still alive. Immediately Gen wants to know more about this. Is there a chance that her Beth is still alive? Nobody seems to believe her and still she continues her search.
I had no idea what to expect from this story and I had no idea who had stolen her baby and why. From the beginning a few of the characters seem suspicious, but usually the obvious ones are not the actual perpetrators. So I kept on reading. Various plot twists keep the book interesting and fast paced, although other incidents are a bit far-fetched. My only real complaint would be the end of the book. I think that the author wrapped up the story a bit too fast and for me that wasn’t satisfying. I would have liked to read more of what happened next.
I wanted to rate this book with 3,5 stars, but was willing to make it 4, because the book was interesting and exciting until the end.