Ahoy there me mateys! For those of ye who are new to me log, a word: though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. Occasionally, I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. So today I bring ye:
pretty girls (Karin Slaughter)
This novel came to me courtesy of me sister. While she is not a voracious reader, she does enjoy the police procedurals and murder mysteries on tv and very occasionally in books. She gave me two Karin Slaughter books, ordered me to read them, and told me the order to read them in. The first was the kept woman and I have to say I loved it. This was the second. My sister said that this was crazier than the first book and was horrifying in its descriptions of what happened to the women. She loved it.
The premise is that there were two crimes that occur twenty years apart. The first was the disappearance of a girl named Julia. It ripped her family apart and her two sisters, Claire and Lydia, haven’t spoken since. Then two decades later, Claire’s husband is killed. But something is off and the sisters have to come together to solve the problem. Because it seems that Julia’s disappearance and the husband’s murder may be connected somehow.
I have to admit that while this be me sister’s favourite of the two, I loved the kept woman better. Perhaps that is because I guessed a couple of the plot twists of pretty girls. Me sister had no idea and was completely surprised.
That said I particularly loved Lydia and she was the highlight of the story for me. I loved her relationship with her boyfriend, Rick. I loved the history between her and her sister Claire. I loved that even though the sisters worked together, their relationship was complicated and fraught with tension. And love underneath it all. I thought Claire was rather naive and useless most of the time but I was rooting for her.
While I enjoyed this one, I thought the pacing overall was haphazard at times. I certainly liked the first half of the book best. Though I do think the author can write compelling characters and certainly can write intense crime scenes. This book is a standalone and was tied up interestingly at the end. If me sister gives me more Karin Slaughter books then I would certainly read them. I just don’t think I be buying any for meself. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
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 thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.
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