Except for the time I let my brother-in-law talk me into riding a sky coaster, I don’t think I have ever had the bottom drop out from below me quite like it did when reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.
Intense. As for the sky coaster, once you are strapped in, they tell you to hold on and then they drop the floor from your below feet, initiating the first of several words that are not appropriate in mixed settings.
Intense. As for Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, you think you have it all figured out until you are half-way through and then the floor drops out from under your feet, with pretty much the same response you would have with the sky coaster.
At the onset, the characters seem to be as different as pyrite and gold, only the gold isn’t really what it seems and the pyrite may be the better choice.
Paul, a very successful architect who is married to Claire, and living a “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” life. They have a beautiful home, a wonderful marriage, and the best friends money can buy. Claire depends on Paul’s obsessive compulsive tendencies to make sure her life runs with precision. So when he is brutally murdered in front of her she has to deal with not only his death, but also with having no idea how to live her life without him.
Lydia, Claire’s sister is a recovering addict, a wonderful mom, and a very tenacious woman who works hard for every dime she has and is much too proud to ever go crawling back to a sister who betrayed her in the most devastating of situations.
Julia, their oldest sister, who disappeared 20 years before is the only link that still connects the sisters, no matter how brittle that connection may be. The sisters haven’t even spoken to one another since a few months after Julia’s disappearance and now the death of a middle-aged man may have some link to their past and to Julia.
With very little faith in one another, they hesitantly join forces for the sake of their sister. But what they uncover will leave you feeling as though the floor has dropped from beneath your feet and you are about to be sent soaring through a story of deception, hatred, lies and fear that no one could possible tell as well as Karin Slaughter.
Wicked. Dark. Scary. Intense. Pretty Girls is an absolute must-read for anyone who likes a mystery that is all of these things and so very much more!