Pretty Girls: A Novel
by Karin Slaughter
Hardcover- $19.03

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

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  "" by sindy7773 (see profile) 11/12/15

  "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 20 years after Judith's disappearance and circumstances result in the reuniting of the estranged family members. In the course of the story the reader learns about the dark side of the youngest sister Claire's husband. This is where the book becomes graphic and grisly as the author repeatedly takes the reader through the horrific torture and mutilation of innocent and pretty young girls. Redeeming features of the book are the actions of the female characters in bringing justice to their small town and the respite the reader experiences through the diary entries of the grieving father. Our club would not recommend this read which should be rated "X" as a warning to future readers.

  "" 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 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 it insightful reading about each character and how the story developed between Claire, husband Paul, Claire's sister Lydia, and missing sister Julia. Their parents were described in gory details. Each of the families had some form of dysfunctionality, including drug or alcohol abuse, infidelity, rape, murder. It was hard getting through the description of rape, torcher, mutilation of young women, filming and selling in the dark world. My favorite character was Lydia. She endured at lot through her life, including the sexual encounter with Claire's husband, Paul. When Lydia told Claire and her mother about the incident, they didn't believe Lydia because of her previous theft and lies due to drug abuse and Lydia disappeared for 18 years. Lydia eventually got herself together, raised a daughter and living a normal life, that is until she was abducted by Claire's husband who faked his murder previously. Paul did some very awful things to Lydia including waterboarding her with his piss. After it all, Lydia was the hero in my opinion. There were so many twists and turns in this book, it was graphic, scary, but insightful in the dark world.

  "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. This is not a book for every book club. Know the sensitivities and limits of your members.

  "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 divorce, Lydia (middle daughter) becomes a drug addict and theaf, while Clare goes to college in Auburn where she meets her future husband Paul. Most of the family ties fall apart after the tragedy they endured after the disappearance of Julia.
My thoughts here are that it takes so little to change family dynamics; this family is torn apart rather than finding the strength to stick together.
Then each character I'd described as they go through live for next two decades. The father living alone unable to connect with his daughters as he did before but constantly keeps looking for his lost daughter. He writes letters to his lost daughter exposing his true feelings and later dyes of what is thought to be suicite, the mother re-marries, Lydia struggles as a single mother raising her daughter and Clare lives the lifestyle of the wealthy with her husband Paul in Atlanta. Paul is described as the perfect husband, kind, loving and attentive to Clare. After a staged death of Paul. Things start falling apart all around Clare when she finds out her husbands alternative dark lifestyle so in her devastation contacts her sister Lydia.
The sisters continue to discover political corruption, police and FBI involvement and are meeting challenges and obstacles wherever they turn to report their findings. They feel they can't trust the authoritys. To the reader the story it is a true suspense, with many twits and turns and unimaginable suffering of mutilation, branding, beating, rapes and killings of young girls to support lucrative filming business of sex trafficking. This is something I cant wrap my arms around knowenly that this is fictional. My question still is; Does this really happen? I know there are many sick psychopaths doing the unimaginable out there.
The mother comes in the picture towards the end. The two girls, the granddaughter and the mother are trying to live a normal life after all that has happen. My thoughts are that their life's have been scared forever, but the trauma fades as time passes with support of good people around. This book still lingers in my thoughts with my question stated above.

  "" by [email protected] (see profile) 12/11/19

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