I have no clue how we are at the letter P for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, but here I am, still writing about thrillers of all stripes, mysteries, and crime novels for 26 days in April, based on the letters of the alphabet. All posts are linked here.
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After One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner, I bring you Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter: Book Description
Twenty years ago Claire Scott’s eldest sister, Julia, went missing. No one knew where she went – no note, no body. It was a mystery that was never solved and it tore her family apart.
Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And it seems that she might not be the only one.
Claire is convinced Julia’s disappearance is linked.
But when she begins to learn the truth about her sister, she is confronted with a shocking discovery, and nothing will ever be the same
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter: Excerpt
When you first disappeared, your mother warned me that finding out exactly what had happened to you would be worse than never knowing. We argued about this constantly because arguing was the only thing that held us together at the time.
“Knowing the details won’t make it any easier,” she warned me. “The details will tear you apart.”
I was a man of science. I needed facts. Whether I wanted to or not, my mind would not stop generating hypotheses: Abducted. Raped. Defiled.
That was the sheriff’s theory, or at least his excuse when we demanded answers he could not give. Your mother and I had always been secretly pleased that you were so headstrong and passionate about your causes. Once you were gone, we understood that these were the qualities that painted young men as smart and ambitious and young women as trouble.
“Girls run off all the time.” The sheriff had shrugged like you were any girl, like a week would pass — a month, maybe a year — and you would come back into our lives offering a half-hearted apology about a boy you’d followed or a friend you’d joined on a trip across the ocean.
You were nineteen years old. Legally, you did not belong to us anymore. You belonged to yourself. You belonged to the world.
Still, we organized search parties. We kept calling hospitals and police stations and homeless shelters. We posted fliers around town. We knocked on doors. We talked to your friends. We checked abandoned buildings and burned-out houses on the bad side of town. We hired a private detective who took half of our savings and a psychic who took most of the rest. We appealed to the media, though the media lost interest when there were no salacious de¬tails to breathlessly report.
This is what we knew: You were in a bar. You didn’t drink any more than usual. You told your friends that you weren’t feeling well and that you were going to walk home and that was the last time anyone ever reported seeing you.
Over the years, there were many false confessions. Sadists rallied around the mystery of where you’d gone. They provided details that could not be proven, leads that could not be followed. At least they were honest when they were caught out. The psychics always blamed me for not looking hard enough.
Because I never stopped looking.
About the author, Karin Slaughter.
Why pick up Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.
Pretty Girls is gorgeously written, and if you can take gore and darkness, fascinating. The Extreme violence took me by surprise the first instance, and then I knew to skim over the pages (ok, this is more about my weak stomach than Slaughter’s story or writing)–and once i did that, it became this absolutely intriguing tale about family secrets, shared history, and relationships, especially between sisters.
The twists, they keep on coming. Just when you thought the story is going one way, it goes the other. Of course a few of the twists stretch credibility, but they make for riveting reading.
The two narrative voices and the characters are very, very vivid, and that’s what finally kept me reading and sold me on the story. If you can take a bit of (ok, a lot of) darkness, you might want to pick this up and go, oh what now? A definite yes for hardcore thriller fans.
Have you read the book Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter? If yes, what did you think of it? What crime novels have you read lately ? Do you love or hate thrillers? What is your favorite genre?
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