Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Book: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – published by Century, paperback edition, 544 pages.

Synopsis: 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.

My thoughts: [TW: rape, graphic sexual violence]

I love that the synopsis of this book is so concise, and I feel like that’s how all good thrillers should be described; so with that in mind I’ll try and keep this review short and sweet. If you’re not averse to reading about graphic sexual violence and rape (in the context of a well crafted story), I highly recommend picking this up.

This book was an absolutely page-turner, I couldn’t put it down, and I think at one point I read about 50% of it in one sitting. It’s captivating, there are twists and turns throughout, and the character development is extremely well done. I likened this to what I imagine it would be like if Liane Moriarty wrote crime thrillers, because of the rich back story and character development.

My mum had been telling me to read Karin Slaughter for a while, so I caved when I saw she had a new release out that was getting a lot of positive reviews. I really like that this was a standalone, as it was a wonderful introduction to the writing of Karin Slaughter for me. I’m glad that I took mum’s advice and finally picked this up, and I’m so happy to finally have a new author to be excited about.

Rating: 10/10

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