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Pretty Girls: A Novel
by Karin Slaughter

Published: 2015-09-29
Hardcover : 416 pages
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Lee Child says it’s “stunning… certain to be a book of the year.”
 
Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.”

Jeffery Deaver says that fiction doesn't get any better than this.
 
Gillian Flynn says of Karin Slaughter: “I’d follow her anywhere.”
 

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Lee Child says it’s “stunning… certain to be a book of the year.”
 
Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.”

Jeffery Deaver says that fiction doesn't get any better than this.
 
Gillian Flynn says of Karin Slaughter: “I’d follow her anywhere.”
 
See for yourself what these #1 New York Times-bestselling authors are talking about.
 
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 novel from one of the finest writers working today.

Editorial Review

An Amazon Best Book of October 2015: Karin Slaughter's new stand-alone novel grabs you from the start and doesn't let go - even after you turn the final page. While taking a break from her popular Will Trent and Sara Linton series, but staying true to form, Slaughter presents readers with a new set of complex characters masterfully woven together in Pretty Girls, a psychological thriller about a family torn apart by (almost) unspeakable tragedy. From the mind-blowing character of Paul, to the sweet and sensitive perspective of Julia's father, Slaughter leaves nothing left to be desired. There were more than a few times while reading Pretty Girls where I stopped myself, mid-page, taken aback - not just from the dark and twisted storyline unfolding before me, but also by the realization of how much I was loving every word. This book is certainly disturbing at times, shocking at others, and scary enough to have you checking over your shoulder while you read late into the night, unable to put it down. -- Penny Mann

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  "Pretty Girls"by Annatay (see profile) 02/08/17

The stage of the book is set in the south; Alabama and Georgia. It describes how a family can be ripped apart by tragic disappearance of the oldest daughter Julia. The parents get a divorc... (read more)

 
  "Pretty Girls"by nanovsky (see profile) 08/17/16

This is a very graphic novel, with disturbing scenes of rape and murder. However, it is well written and deals with social issues and psychopathic killing that lead to interesting and lively discussions.... (read more)

 
  "Pretty Girls"by trm2123 (see profile) 04/01/16

The book was not what I expected at all! Although fiction, the dark world is a reality some places and it's a horrible thought. The book contained a lot of unnecessary details, but I found i... (read more)

 
by cpowers (see profile) 02/15/16

Hooked from the start. It kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat the entire time.

 
  "Pretty Girls"by Grandmarose (see profile) 11/18/15

Pretty Girls is the story of a family who has lived with the grief and terror that resulted from the disappearance of the oldest daughter, Judith, from a family of three pretty girls. The story is set... (read more)

 
by sindy7773 (see profile) 11/12/15

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