Published 4 June 2015 by Cornerstone
A missing girl in the news reminds Julia Carroll of herself: nineteen, beautiful, blonde hair, blue eyes.
Julia begins to dig deeper and plans an article for her college paper. She becomes gradually more obsessed with the case, never imagining how close she herself is to danger.
Includes an extract from Karin Slaughter’s gripping new novel, Pretty Girls.
This is a short story by the acclaimed crime writer, Karin Slaughter. It takes place before the events in ‘Pretty Girls’, which has been published recently.
Julia Carroll is a nineteen year old university student. In her spare time, she volunteers with a homeless charity and works on a student newspaper. Julia becomes obsessed with missing young women in her area and feels some kind of kinship with them. She notices they are all in appearance like her, blonde and beautiful.
It is poignant reading about Julia and seeing her everyday life. She is a normal girl, with her whole life ahead of her. In ‘Pretty Girls’ we only get a glimpse into the kind of person Julia was. What I loved about this was that it filled in a few gaps for me and made Julia seem more real.
The ending of this short story will leave you on tenterhooks, dying to read ‘Pretty Girls’.