Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter

Another day, another book! 

I’m getting steadily through my 50 book target on GoodReads and I am loving it! My most recent read was one of Karin Slaughter’s most recent novels called Pretty Girls.

Now I’m a big fan of Karin as I’ve read some of her novels previously. As you may or may not know, my favourite genre is Crime and Thriller, so the grittier the better. This one definitely didn’t disappoint. 

The novel starts off with Claire and Paul, a seemingly loved up couple that encounter a sticky situation. They are threatened by a terrifying guy in an alley, demanding they handle over their valuables. However, the altercation turns sour and ends up with the husband Paul being stabbed to death. What unravels next is sure to keep the reader guessing until the very end. For those who are planning on reading this novel, look away now as I’m about to reveal some spoilers.

It turns out that Paul isn’t actually dead, he’s very much alive. The story focuses on three sisters, where the eldest Julia went missing. The family never recovered and a body was never found. Therefore at the beginning of the story, it’s apparent that the family are estranged and we later find out that the dad committed suicide. Or was it foul play? Claire (Paul’s wife) and Linda are the remaining sisters and who are the complete opposite to each other. Linda, a recovering drug addict with a teenage daughter finds out about Paul’s death and is clearly relieved to know he’s gone. Claire, having met Paul in college was head over heels in love and never questioned or doubted any of Paul’s controlling behaviour. 

However, after Claire’s house is ransacked during Paul’s funeral, the FBI turn up to investigate and a dark secret of Paul’s is discovered.

I don’t want to give too much away because this has been one of my favourite novels of this year so far, so you’ll want to read it!

A few books that I’ve got on my ‘to read list‘ are The Unseen World by Liz Moore, The Martian by Andy Weir and City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. So be sure to look out for these on my blog soon!

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