PRETTY GIRLS by Karin Slaughter
Kirkus Star

PRETTY GIRLS

Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter’s scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again.

The Carrolls have never been the same since 19-year-old Julia vanished. After years of fruitlessly pestering the police, her veterinarian father, Sam, killed himself; her librarian mother, Helen, still keeps the girl's bedroom untouched, just in case. Julia’s sisters have been equally scarred. Lydia Delgado has sold herself for drugs countless times, though she’s been clean for years now; Claire Scott has just been paroled after knee-capping her tennis partner for a thoughtless remark. The evening that Claire’s ankle bracelet comes off, her architect husband, Paul, is callously murdered before her eyes and, without a moment's letup, she stumbles on a mountainous cache of snuff porn. Paul’s business partner, Adam Quinn, demands information from Claire and threatens her with dire consequences if she doesn’t deliver. The Dunwoody police prove as ineffectual as ever. FBI agent Fred Nolan is more suavely menacing than helpful. So Lydia and Claire, who’ve grown so far apart that they’re virtual strangers, are unwillingly thrown back on each other for help. Once she’s plunged you into this maelstrom, Slaughter shreds your own nerves along with those of the sisters, not simply by a parade of gruesome revelations—though she supplies them in abundance—but by peeling back layer after layer from beloved family members Claire and Lydia thought they knew. The results are harrowing.

Slaughter (Cop Town, 2014, etc.) is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-242905-6
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2015




9 BOOKS THAT GRAB YOU FROM PAGE ONE:

FictionDAYS OF AWE by Lauren Fox
by Lauren Fox
NonfictionOUR MAN IN CHARLESTON by Christopher Dickey
by Christopher Dickey
FictionLOLITO by Ben Brooks
by Ben Brooks
ChildrenINK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani
by Valynne E. Maetani

OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MARLON BUNDO
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for THE DISAPPEARED
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for VARINA
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for TO DIE BUT ONCE
VERDICT:
BORROW IT

MORE BY KARIN SLAUGHTER

FictionTHE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter
by Karin Slaughter
MysteryTHE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter
by Karin Slaughter
MysteryCOP TOWN by Karin Slaughter
by Karin Slaughter

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

MysteryDARK ROAD HOME by Anna Carlisle
by Anna Carlisle
MysteryALL THE SECRET PLACES by Anna Carlisle
by Anna Carlisle
MysteryTHE LUZERN PHOTOGRAPH by William Bayer
by William Bayer
IndieDAY OF SECRETS by Daryl Wood Gerber
by Daryl Wood Gerber
MysteryTHE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
by Louise Penny