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Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter (Review #2)

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Pretty GirlsA family devastated by the loss of their oldest daughter seems to have come apart at the seams. The girl was kidnapped and no one knows what happened. The parents divorce, the father commits suicide, one daughter becomes a druggie party girl and the other quietly retires into the shadows until she later becomes a millionaire’s wife.

But a whole lot goes on in the lives of this crew as Karin Slaughter takes the reader on an interesting journey. She gets the show on the road by having Claire’s (the millionaire’s wife) out in town waiting for her husband to join her. While she waits she hears of a young girl missing and assumed kidnapped. When Paul, her millionaire husband, finally shows the two of them walking down the street. In a strange manner her husband pulls her into an alley and appears to be planning to have some type of sexual encounter with her there. However about that same time a hooded man approaches and begins making threats. Paul tells Claire to give up her wallet, earrings, and such but still the man thrusts a knife into Paul before the man takes off. Claire tries to keep Paul awake and alive as the police and medics arrive but to no avail. They advise that he is dead and she is left alone and devastated. Read the rest of this entry »

Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

Reviewed by Gina Metz

Pretty GirlsClaire and Lydia’s sister disappeared over twenty years ago. No trace of her has ever been found. The disappearance destroyed the family. Their parents divorced. Their father couldn’t give up hope and continued to follow every lead he could develop until he ultimately committed suicide.

Lydia became a wild child who delved into drugs and other reckless behavior. Claire the youngest was ignored while her parents tried to come to grips with their loss. Later Claire marries and becomes the trophy wife of a millionaire in Atlanta. During Lydia’s drug years she has a massive falling out with Claire and their Mother and they have been estranged and haven’t spoken for all of these years.
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