First published (in US): September 29th, 2015
Narrated By: Kathleen Early
- Clean Out Your E-Reads Reading Challenge
- 2015 Goodreads Choice Award (Winners or Nominees)
BLUF: Pretty Girls a rough story: It is far more realistic than many I have read and it will stay with you (even if in a haunting manner) after you finish it.
Forewarning: I don’t know how to review this without giving anything away and I am sorry if this review reveals too much as is.
Plot: From start to finish, Pretty Girls brings together and tears apart a family. One deception after another is brought to light and you can’t help, but feel emotionally connected (and drained) for the sisters.
Thoughts: I have to hand it to Karin Slaughter: she holds nothing back when it comes the darkest parts of humanity. It’s impressive and a bit traumatizing.
After the first twist, Pretty Girls went exactly how I thought it would go up until it’s end. While I may not have been exactly spot on (can you be?), nothing read came as a shock. Imagine my surprise when I realized this “ending” hit halfway into the book. What else could this book offer? The complete and utter destruction of the sisters’ sanity.
I know I’ve said this already, but Karin Slaughter brings Pretty Girls across a line that many authors avoid. It’s brutal and will (should) make your stomach squirm. It’s a place I’ve never been to in a book (or real life, thankfully) and I don’t know how to feel about it.
Audiotape: I listed to Pretty Girls as an audiotape. I was hesitant at first with the narrator (I have a hard time with higher pitched voices), but she did a wonderful job. I look forward to listening to her narrations in the future.
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