Published by William Morrow on September 29th 2015
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
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The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of Unseen and Cop Town.\r\nWith a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved.\r\nBut when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.\r\n
This was a tough one. I was initially introduced to Karin Slaughter last year when I read Cop Town, which I really liked. I was excited to see that she had written a new book, and I immediatley used an Audible credit to purchase it. It started off well enough – the introduction of two estranged sisters, Lydia and Claire, whose lives are worlds apart. Claire is beautiful and wealthy, unexpectedly widowed by a violent crime, and not sure where her life is going to go now. Lydia is a recovered addict, who has worked extremely hard to provide a good life for her daughter. I immediately liked Lydia – she was sarcastic and seemed very human. Claire, on the other hand, was not so relatable. Lydia and Claire had a third sister who disappeared as a teenager, which shattered their parents and forever altered both of their lives. They never found out what happened to her. Is it better to never know, or to actually find out the truth? The case of a current missing teenager, as well as Claire’s tragedy, bring the sisters back together. From here, the book gets very twisty and violent. This was the main issue that I had with it – the graphic descriptions of violence against women was just too much at times. And let me say, I’m not squeamish. My favorite author is Stephen King, so I don’t shy away from books that are dark. I love thrillers and mysteries, but I found that listening to this made me uncomfortable, and I just wanted it to be over. Instead of being scary or leaving me on the edge of my seat, it made me sad, and I just wanted to get to the end. Since I was listening to an audiobook, there was no skimming over the violence when it became too much. I also felt like a lot of it was very over-the-top and unbelievable. The letters to Julia, the missing sister, from their father, were the most real and heartfelt part of the book. But they were also heartbreaking, because as a parent, to not know what has happened to your child is one of the worst things you could imagine. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter wasn’t a hit with me, but I enjoyed her previous book so much that I’m willing to give her another shot. Now I’m going to go read something light and fluffy to erase this one from my mind!