Published 2nd July 2015 by Cornerstone Digital/Random House UK
The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of Unseen and Cop Town.
With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved.
But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.
This is the latest Karin Slaughter and it is a standalone psychological thriller. Karin is taking a break from her Will Trent/Sara Linton series, which I am seriously missing! What we have in ‘Pretty Girls’ is a killer psychological read; with Karin Slaughter’s unique brand of black humour and strong female leads.
‘Pretty Girls’ introduces us to Claire, a woman in her thirties. Claire’s sister went missing twenty years ago, leaving her family torn apart. Her husband, Paul, is brutally murdered in an alley way, with Claire as a witness. A grieving Claire starts to pick up the pieces of her life. Looking at her husband’s laptop, she starts to uncover secrets and question both her marriage and the man she knew. What was Paul keeping hidden from her?
It is hard to review this without giving too much away. I would hate to ruin the surprises for anyone. It has a gigantic shocking twist or two, with the suspense building beautifully throughout. I loved that. Told mostly from the perspective of Claire and her father; it is a story of a family broken apart by tragedy, after the beloved sister goes missing. It is a missing person story, with a brutal dark kick. There is no attempt to shy away from the evil violent acts portrayed. And we see how sometimes things are not what they seem. The truth is disturbing.
Claire was a fascinating character. She seemed a bit dull initially, a doormat with a perfect marriage and besotted husband. As with all of Karin Slaughter’s characters, we get insight into her thoughts and see that Claire is much more than a grieving widow. I soon began to understand Claire a whole lot better. She develops into a kick-ass woman, with a strong desire for justice and the truth.
Karin Slaughter fans will not be disappointed with this. Another strong powerful story. And for new readers, a brilliant introduction into one of the best crime writers out there. She really knows how to write a dark gritty tale of deception and loss. Recommended.
My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy!