Pretty Girls

Karin Slaughter (, is a pretty useful name to have for a girl who writes crime fiction. She has sold 30 million copies of her gripping psychological crime fiction and is published in 32 languages. Slaughter is a passionate defender of public libraries against the philistines who are ignoring them and running them down (¬†Pretty Girls is the title of¬†her latest, 2015, novel. The summary is as follows. It has been more than twenty years that¬†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 is¬†cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed. Is there, though, a connection between the disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart? 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. If you fancy a chilling psychological thrill in the dog days of a soggy summer, get your hands on Pretty Girls.

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544 pages in Century Books

First published 02 July 2015

ISBN 978-1780893556


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