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Pretty Girls

af Karin Slaughter

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Claires mand er blevet myrdet og da hun gennemgår hans ting, opdager hun voldsom video hvor en ung pige voldtages og myrdes. Hendes verden rystes, og samtidig er der spor tilbage til tiden hvor hendes søster forsvandt sporløst.
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This story is one wild ride! It was so suspenseful that I could not do my regular Friday errands yesterday until I finished the book. It had an amazing plot with an ending I did not see coming. There were alot of twists. I did not figure out where the story was ultimately going until I passed the halfway point in the story. However, the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. While I was reading I knew the ending was going to be good but was not prepared for it. It was incredibly satisfying. Author Karin Slaughter wrote a fantastic story and she is now one of my favorite authors. If you haven't read Pretty Girls you need to get a copy of it. You won't be disappointed but don't forget that you need an uninterrupted block of time to read it. I am actually speechless right now and cannot delve further into why the book is fantastic. ( )
  Violette62 | Apr 20, 2024 |
3 sisters, one missing, one disowned ( )
  Rosemary1973 | Apr 17, 2024 |
Such a good thriller! Really kept me going. Hoping the rest of her books are just as good stumbling upon this author. ( )
  eboods | Feb 28, 2024 |
disgusting fun read ( )
  ratatatatatat | Feb 21, 2024 |
I'm not entirely sure what to say about this book. I think this is the first true "thriller" that I've read, so maybe some parts of this genre were just lost on me. I was extremely invested up until the big plot twist was revealed and then I had a really difficult time taking the rest of the book seriously. I see so many people discuss the graphic elements of this book and how so much of it could be considered torture porn, but there's so much to be said about how Pretty Girls approaches grief and what it looks like to lose loved ones to homicide or have a loved one go missing. The letters written by Sam Carroll quite literally sent me into such a spiral that there were points where I wasn't sure I could get through the book. I'm not sure I would ever necessarily recommend this book to other people, but it was surely a reading experience I won't forget.

3.5/5 stars. ( )
  brookeklebe | Feb 6, 2024 |
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*****
“My girl, what happened to you now…”

There are tons of cliches that reviewers fall back upon to describe how much effect a book had upon them. It kept me up, all night, I couldn’t put it down, etc. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter brought a new one to life for me. The entire time I was reading this astounding novel I was so jittery and on the edge of my seat that I felt like I had just downed a triple-shot of Starbuck’s strongest.

I have read a few of Ms. Slaughter’s other novels, and she is easily one of the most daring and fearless suspense novelists working today. She takes chances, and has the skill and daring to make them work, and all of her talents are brought to to bear again here, and then some. Pretty Girls knocked me out.

When teenaged Julia Scott disappears, it destroys her family. Her father Sam becomes so obsessed with her fate that it destroys his marriage with his wife, Helen. Older daughter Lydia becomes a drug-abusing party girl, and younger sister Claire subsumes her ambitions and marries Paul, a mild-mannered and orderly architect who becomes a multimillionaire.

We watch Lydia right her life; becoming a middle-class single mother with her own business, she works endlessly with her boyfriend Rick to provide a good life for her daughter, Dee. Adding to her everyday worries is the news that a girl from Dee’s school has gone missing. Claire meanwhile, has become a tennis-playing trophy-wife with a dark underside that is revealed when she assaults another trophy wife with a tennis racket.

Then Paul is murdered during a robbery in front of Claire. Lost in grief she is further shocked to find that her home has been burgled during his funeral. Searching for insurance documents on her husband's computer she comes across some hidden videos that shatters her image of her husband. Not having spoken to her sister for years, she still decides that she needs Lydia’s help.

Understand that this is less than a fifth of the way into the story, and that so many twists and turns and revelations follow that I have opted out rather than try to describe them without spoiling the beautiful house-of-cards plot constructed my Ms. Slaughter. I wasn’t blowing smoke when I called Ms. Slaughter fearless, either; this is a visceral novel that doesn't dissemble or shy away from brutality and violence, both physical and emotional. Yet even as it stares into the abyss I found this to be a work full of strength and hope, both embodied in the touching and psychologically nuanced relationship between the sisters, Lydia and Claire.

Both are fully-realized characters, and they grow and evolve and deepen as Ms. Slaughter steers them into ever deeper and darker situations that test their resolve. Just about every character in the book feels real and true, and Ms. Slaughter’s prose never fails to captivate. Her first-person narration of Sam’s story, the father, is particularly vivid, and just about broke my heart.

If all of this wasn’t enough, Ms. Slaughter shows a very deft hand in action scenes, bringing the physical violence to life without shying from the pain and blood. I may not have mentioned it yet, but her prose is smooth and assured and the setting is vivid and feels true-to life.

As the end this novel comes to terms, with grace and skill, with the fact that life is very seldom about winning and losing, but more often about surviving. That is more than enough.

Review by: Mark Palm
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Claires mand er blevet myrdet og da hun gennemgår hans ting, opdager hun voldsom video hvor en ung pige voldtages og myrdes. Hendes verden rystes, og samtidig er der spor tilbage til tiden hvor hendes søster forsvandt sporløst.

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