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Summary

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town.

With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

©2015 Random House Audiobooks (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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fab but horrifying<br />

be aware that at times this i's very graphic and upsetting.that said addictive and a fantastic story

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Gripping

I like Karin Slaughter and this is her best yet. Although long it is attention grabbing and I just couldn't stop listening to it until the end. Often the twists and turns in novels are telegraphed but not here. The story and tension slowly builds and allows the listener to really start to experience emotions concerning the different characters. Excellent book.

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Brilliant

Brilliant, too real, funny, vivid, 'un-put-down-able', sad, horrifying, beautiful, funny, gripping, amazing. I love this book.I didn't want it to end.

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  • Jo
  • 12-08-15

Brilliant

Loved this book. I'm a big fan of James Patterson / Peter James.....this was kinda similar. So clever - kept listening constantly. Great twists and turns - loved it.

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Loved this story

OK, a little graphic at times but overall a very good story that had me hooked from start to finish. Looking at other books by Karin Slaughter now as I really enjoyed this one. Very well read as well. The mix of the male and female narrators was very well done.

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Wow Wow Wow .

This is not the type of book I would normally listen to, but I was swayed by all the good reviews. I couldn't stop listening. I had to know how it ended. Yes it was violent and horrific in parts, but so captivating right from the start.
This book has gone straight into my top ten. Well written, well narrated.

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gripping from beginning to end

This book made me cry... brilliant story touched my heart. The narrative was capivating .....excellent

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If you have nothing better to read ....

I was so disappointed. Violence against women and sexual objectification of women was ripe throughout the book. Don't listen to it, save your credits for something better.

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Nope

Got tricked by the good reviews. Not only is this poorly written and formulaic, it needlessly dwells on torture porn style details. Don't understand how it's so popular or well received.

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Too graphic, well narrated

Story somewhat unbelievable. Horrifically graphic torture and murder descriptions which I wish I could unhear! Had to stop listening a few times.
On the plus sign, narrator was good.

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  • 19-07-15

Karin Slaughter best novel

Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite writers. I'm a fan Grant County series and Will Trent series as well as her stand alone novels. Pretty Girls, a well written psychological thriller, may be her best work yet. It is easily the best of the 50 or so novels I have read or listened to this year. Read other reviews here and at amazon.com to learn more about the book. My intent in writing this short review is to say (1) you need to read this excellent novel and (2) the audiobook version narration is exceptionally good.

I'm glad I decided to buy the audiobook rather than the Kindle version. Jennifer Woodward does a fine job as primary narrator, but Robert Slade's reading of her father's letters to the long dead Julia Scott is haunting and wonderful; Slade's tone is pitch perfect.

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  • Trish
  • 26-07-15

Riveting. Can't Put down. Love Karin Slaughter

If you could sum up Pretty Girls in three words, what would they be?

Pretty Girls is the thriller version of the 2014 books of the year--the ones that slowly unravel the complexities of individuals. so slowly that it drains the reader .The difference with Pretty Girls is that there is NO fluff, no psychological babble--EVERY word written has significance and is gripping. Pretty Girls is about 3 sisters, one murdered long ago, and their parents vert different way of dealing with the pain. The 2 living sisters are estranged and living very different lives, but come together in a can't put down story where EVERYTHING is linked.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Girls?

It's all memorable. Please stop reading this review and buy the book. If you love psychological thrillers, this book is for you. Karin Slaughter can be a gory writer, but this book is not like that, although it is graphic in nature.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Woodward and Robert G Slade – was your favorite?

The narrators did an amazing job of voicing the characters. I can't put a finger on a favorite character. I would have to say Lydia, the tough and resilient sister. I loved her most because I loved her boyfriend.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme reaction--LOVED this book. It's in my top 10 of 1000's. I read everything of Karin Slaughter. She's in my top 5 of favorite authors.

Any additional comments?

Why are you still reading this? Go get the book!

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  • Nicolle
  • 07-07-15

Can't believe I'm saying this....better than the Will and Sara series...oh my!!

I usually rate books but never leave comments...this time however I am completely blown away by this story!! I became a huge fan of Karin Slaughters after reading Lisa Gardner and was hooked from book 1...I was devastated when I completed the last in the will and Sara and had to wait. Honestly Pretty Girls is interesting, disturbing, funny and dark just the way I like em!! I laughed, cried and everything between! The narrator was also phenomenal and picked up on every nuance...great job to Karin and the entire audio production crew...wish I could listen all over again!!!

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  • Jackie
  • 10-04-22

Read twice - enjoyed each time.

I’ve read it twice now, with a space of few years. Each time I enjoyed the story, believable characters and narration. Will listen to it again in the future, I’m sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-22

Nice start, not enjoyable second half

I liked first half of the book. But then at a certain point it just turned into torture porn. Yeah, I know, it's Karin Slaughter book, I should have seen it coming ... But honestly, I am not enough into that genre to enjoy reading pages after pages about piss-waterboarding and similar activities.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-22

Great Story

I usually read non-fiction so this thriller was a nice change. Good story but it could have been a bit more gripping if it was a bit shorter. But that could be my impatience from listening to fiction. Really enjoyed it in spite of it being a bit dragged out

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  • brenda f.
  • 30-08-18

Excellent...kept me listening.

Really enjoyed this book. Well narrated and the characters are real....mostly.
The ending was good ..but seemed a little rushed. . some of the loose ends could have been covered better.
Thoroughly enjoyable and excellent narration.

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  • 47
  • 14-10-15

Painting with word.

Karen Slaughter writes very vivid pictures in her book. Can't turn pages fast enough. Thanks

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  • Bronwyn Johnson
  • 14-08-15

Gripping thriller from start to finish!

Would you consider the audio edition of Pretty Girls to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but the audio version was extremely well done. Excellent performances! Brilliant story and unpredictable plot.

What other book might you compare Pretty Girls to and why?

Similar to Karin Slaughter's Grant County thrillers, this story is well constructed with believable characters. The villain is a complex character but his/her acts are pure evil! The protagonist tends to receive help from an unexpected source and there are twists and turns the whole way through the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the end scene. After reading a very thrilling book where the protagonists encountered one setback after the next, and it seemed all hope was lost, it was wonderful to see them take back their power in the end. I won't say more and spoil the ending for you - but this was a really powerful scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was very disturbed at times when the story became too violent. The villain is particularly wicked and his abuse of women is diabolical. These scenes are quite graphic and fortunately, not that long or frequent.

Any additional comments?

Karin is a master storyteller and this is one of the best I've read so far. Highly recommended!

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  • Carla Hawkins
  • 27-07-15

I really enjoyed this listen!

Very engaging story and will definitely refer this book to friends. I will check out Ms. Slaughter's other works.