Pretty Girl – Karin Slaughter

A gruesome, gripping crime novel which you will not be able to put down. Unless it is to take a break from the ghastly story line…

Claire and Ly51GY7tcePeL._SY445_QL70_dia are sisters. Their other sister, Julia, disappeared without a trace when she was at College, which was 20 years ago.

The disappearance of Julia shattered their family. As a result, Claire and Lydia have not spoken for many years and they’re not exactly each other’s biggest fans. Although they grew up together, their worlds are so vastly different now. Claire is married to a millionaire, is always immaculately dressed and is depicted to be a natural beauty, whereas Lydia, a recovered drug addict, owns her own dog grooming business, is a single mother, goes out with an ex-convict and is always struggling to make ends meet. She sends her daughter to a private school and is in a constant battle with trying to keep up with the other ‘stuck up’ parents who are always looking down their noses at her.

Although they live very different life’s, they are still scarred by their sisters disappearance. These scars are ripped open when Claire’s millionaire husband is killed in an alley way robbery.

Claire and Lydia begin to realise that the death of Claire’s husband could be linked to their sister’s disappearance, so reluctantly, they start to speak to each other in the hope that they will finally be able to get some answers to the events that ripped their family apart all those years ago.

The secrets that come to light are not just limited to the family. Claire and Lydia’s findings will shock the whole town. The revelations are not only shocking, but disgusting. From start to finish I could not stop thinking about this book. It’s one of those books where you think you know what will happen, then you pick up some subtle clues which make you change your mind. Then you change it back again. You get the picture…

The book is made up of fairly short chapters and the narrative switches between characters, however, the plot is extremely each to follow. So much so that I found it incredibly hard to stop reading.

Although I couldn’t put it down, I could understand if some people didn’t like this book as some parts of it are disgusting. At one point, it made my stomach churn and I had to put the book down. So if you’re of a faint hearted nature, it might be best for you to give this book a miss!

If you want a book that you can’t put down, even though sometimes the gruesome details make you feel nauseous, then I’d recommend this book!


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