Thursday, October 15, 2015

Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

From Goodreads:
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.
I've enjoyed what I've read of Slaughter's Will Trent series, so I was thrilled to see that she had a stand alone novel coming out.  Stand alones tend to appeal to me more than series, although detective thrillers like Slaughter's can really be read as stand alones, I suppose.  Anyway, this one lives up to what I expected from Slaughter - it's twisty and intriguing and full of characters that have nuance.  The dialogue is believable and there's definitely some grit to it, which is how I like crime novels.  No complaints here when it comes to the writing,

Entertainment Value
As with most crime fiction, the entertainment value is what draws me in.  I'm not looking for a literary masterpiece, although Slaughter certainly writes with skill.  I'm looking to be sucked in and, hopefully, surprised by the outcome.  Entertainment is crucial to me in crime fiction - I'm all about the plot, and I think Slaughter really delivers with this one.  She's certainly chosen plot elements that appeal to me: family secrets, sister relationships, and kidnappings.  Not only do I have no complaints about the writing, I also have raves aplenty about the entertainment value.  It's one that I found on my mind when I wasn't reading and it kept me up past my bedtime, which, for me, is the equivalent of two thumbs up.

It's a yes for fans of crime fiction, and a must read for fans of Slaughter's Will Trent and Grant County series.  Sexual violence is a plot element, so avoid if that's an issue for you.  Otherwise I think this makes for a perfect fall night, cozy fireside read.

Thanks to TLC for having me on the tour!  Click here to see links to the rest of the tour stops.

1 comment:

  1. I just started listening to this on audio, and I love it so far! I can't wait to get back to it.

    Thanks for being on the tour!