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Pretty Girls de Karin Slaughter
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Pretty Girls (edició 2016)

de Karin Slaughter (Autor)

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"More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss--a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it" --… (més)
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Títol:Pretty Girls
Autors:Karin Slaughter (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2016), Edition: Reprint, 592 pages
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I am not a mystery reader really so I did not know what to expect going into this except that I had heard that this is a very intense book. That is absolutely correct. This book is dark and gory and at times it's hard to keep going in the story. I am not the type of person to be that frightened by books so I wouldn't say I was scared exactly but I did only read this in bit sized chunks because it could be so dark.

I definitely liked this book. I liked how we had a complicated relationship with all the characters. I found this book to be kind of unrealistic but also not so much that I could not buy into the story. I think even if this particular story is a bit unrealistic, many of us will have experienced a time where we weren't sure who we could trust, including authority figures or others we thought we could trust implicitly. I thought the relationships between all that characters were so dynamic and well fleshed out. The complicated family dynamic is really well written and a very honest portrayal of how families deal with loss and how they can grow apart.

I really appreciated the setting of this book as it takes place in Athens and outside of Atlanta. I almost went to the University of Georgia and I've been to Athens many times and I live in Atlanta and was able to have a very clear picture of the settings though I think even if you have never been to Atlanta, the setting is very well described. Some of the characters went to Auburn University for college which is where my moms whole family went and is another place I've been many times. This is obviously not necessary to enjoy this book but was some added fun for me.

Frankly, I am still not much a mystery reader and I don't know how many books like this one I am going to pick up in the future but I did appreciate the craft of this book and I'm glad I read it. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
The characters and plot and dark humour were all there, but the explicit sexual violence was just too much, too gratuitous, too sickening. Why? ( )
  oosala | Oct 4, 2021 |
The characters and plot and dark humour were all there, but the explicit sexual violence was just too much, too gratuitous, too sickening. Why? ( )
  oosala | Oct 4, 2021 |
I loved this book so much, I missed reading psychological thrillers. However, there are a few super graphic sexual violence scenes that might be a trigger for some. ( )
  samantha.brown | Aug 21, 2021 |
This reminded me of my first Karin Slaughter thriller, Blindsighted: suspenseful, gory, violent, disturbing, twisted. If that's not your thing, skip this one. The Carroll family has been wrecked by the disappearance of the eldest daughter (Julia), with the father's obsession leading to suicide, the mother drinking, the middle daughter becoming loose and taking drugs (Lydia), and the youngest (Claire) withdrawing into herself until nerdy Paul comes along and marries her. Paul is killed in a mugging and widow Claire begins finding out he is not the man she thought, at all. Proving once again that blood is thicker than water, Claire reaches out for help to Lydia and her mother, who help her through her horrible ordeal. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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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Do not combine with the short story "The Truth About Pretty Girls."
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"More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss--a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it" --

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