‘PRETTY GIRLS’ BY KARIN SLAUGHTER BOOK REVIEW

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You know I’m not a fan of books. I love my Women’s Health, Cosmpolitan and Glamour but an actual book…? Nah thanks I’ll pass. I did read The Girl On The Train last year and I loved that one, but I went straight back to my magazines and Bloglovin’ when I finished it. I didn’t know what came over me when I bought ‘Pretty Girls’ by Karin Slaughter a fortnight ago. My train was delayed, my iPod ran out of battery and I had nothing else to do than to browse the stores at the station. I could’ve done some work but it was a Friday afternoon and I couldn’t be bothered anymore. I started reading and I couldn’t put it down…

I will try not to spoil anything for you. The book is about a woman, Claire, who has just lost her husband Paul. When Claire was just a girl her older sister, Julia, got kidnapped and never returned home. When Paul died Claire had to get her life back on track, she starts to go through old boxes and her husband’s computer. 

The next chapters are written from Lydia’s perspective, who is Claire’s other sister. Years and years ago something happened between the two sisters which caused them to stop speaking. Claire finds things in her house that are rather peculiar and it eventually leads her back to Lydia.  

There’s another girl missing nearby, which brings back a lot of memories of when Julia disappeared. The sisters go on this journey together to find out what has happened to their disappeared sister. They find out things that will shock you. Last weekend I got into a bath and I swear I have been in there for over 2 hours because I couldn’t stop reading.

My mother has read books by Karin Slaughter before and she told me that there’s usually a major plot twist in the end. I was hoping for that in this book as well but there wasn’t. When you’re 1/4 into the book you already know who the culprit is and you can pretty much predict the end. 

I’m amazed I finished an actual book. I don’t read much so I’m not sure if this is considered a good book or not. All I can say is that I really enjoyed it and that I had an actual nightmare the night I finished it (it’s thát scary at times). The only downsides are that the end is quite predictable and sometimes the writer could go on and on and on about something simple as starting a car, she would spent 2 pages on how Claire started her car. I found that a bit annoying at times but maybe that’s what writers do. 

Do you have any books you could recommend to me? I would like something similar to The Girl On The Train and Pretty Girls. I’m very tempted to get another book, maybe next time my train is delayed?

Manouk -x-

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