Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: September 29, 2015 by William Morrow
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Crime Fiction
Hardcover: 394 pages
My Rating: 3 1/2 stars
To Purchase: Pretty Girls
It seems that most people who read Karin Slaughter are die hard fans who have read everything she’s written. I had never read her books, but I heard from so many people online how much they enjoy them. According to the online community of thrill readers, she’s a reliable writer known for the Grant County and Will Trent series, as well as the stand alones Cop Town, Pretty Girls, and the most recently released The Good Daughter.
It’s taken me awhile to figure out how I really feel about this book. On the one hand it kept me interested throughout. I love the relationship and differences between Claire and her sister, Lydia. Claire is a well to do trophy wife and Lydia is a single mom, dating an ex con and struggling to make ends meet. They haven’t really kept in touch since a family tragedy tore the family apart when they were young, but I love it when they do come together. Claire’s perfect life, living in a sterile mansion is held under a microscope and seen through the eyes of her sister. It actually makes for some hilarious scenes. Also on the plus side, the writing and character development are great and the plot cooks along at a good pace. There are also strong female leads which I always like, but be warned – the content is graphic and violent. It’s a little hard to describe without giving too much away, but the plot involves violence against women. It’s disturbing and not for the faint at heart.
It starts in present day, when Claire and her husband Paul are attacked in an alley and Paul is killed. This is not a spoiler as it happens very early on. As Claire is looking on her husband’s computer for business files that his business partner needs, Claire discovers way more than she bargained for. The other thread to this story is that Claire and Lydia’s sister went missing when they were young. She was never found, and the author explores how each family member struggles with this loss in a different way. You get the back story in flashbacks and diary style entries that the father writes to his missing daughter. It becomes clear that he was starting to unravel the truth before his untimely death.
The plot lines come together and you get to the center of a very twisted person, and learn about his history and what makes him so diabolical. The story kept me turning the pages, and I will be reading Karin Slaughter’s newest book The Good Daughter very soon.