A 2016 People’s Choice Award Favorite Book Winner for Crime & Mystery
A 2016 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee
A Parade Magazine’s Top Books for Entertaining Gift Ideas for Sisters and BFFs
An Indie Next List Pick for October 2015
A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2015
Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller in iBooks Audiobooks
An Audible.com Bestseller
An iTunes Top Seller for December 2015
A 2016 RUSA Reading List Winner for Adrenaline
A 2015 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Mystery & Thriller Book Award nominee
A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015Selection for Mysteries & Thrillers and Popular Fiction
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, 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’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? 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.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful novel from one of the finest writers working today.
Included with this gripping thriller is Karin Slaughter’s chilling short story “Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes.”
“A stunning family tragedy and a hold-your-breath pedal-to-the-metal thriller magically blended by Karin Slaughter’s trademark passion, intensity, and humanity.”
Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A hell-raising thriller…A genuinely exciting narrative driven by strong-willed female characters who can’t wait around until the boys shake the lead out of their shoes.”
New York Times Book Review
“Disturbing at times, shocking at others, and scary enough to have you checking over your shoulder while you read late into the night, unable to put it down.”
Amazon.com, editorial review
“The author’s trademark of complex plots coupled with character studies makes Pretty Girls another standout.”
“Packs a heck of a wallop, and while it’s a powerful thriller, it’s also a deft look into a family forced to confront horrific tragedy. Slaughter’s longtime fans will be thrilled. New readers will be hooked on this twisted tale from page one.”
Library Journal (starred review)
“Slaughter shreds your own nerves along with those of the sisters…Slaughter is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Kathleen Early accurately delivers Claire’s revulsion…Early uses a hyper-edgy tone, keeping the ghastly descriptions understated, allowing the real horror to emerge. With stunning twists and unpredictable turns, Early’s performance of Slaughter’s chilling novel invents a new word for the OED: ‘unputdownable.’ Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”
“Pretty Girls…is a powerful examination of grief, and thriller fans will get more than their money’s worth.”
“This is a complex story that one does not soon forget. I found myself thinking about it for days and weeks after I finished it. It was powerfully resonant. But Pretty Girls is also a narrative that contains a lot of extreme violence and very disturbing situations and images. It is certainly not for the feint of heart… This is what one has come to expect from Karin Slaughter: an ingenious plot which pushes the edges of societal norms. The reader, Kathleen Early, gives a bravura performance, which greatly adds to the power of the novel.”
Kathleen Early is a television, film, and stage actress, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. She studied at the University of Oklahoma, the Oxford School of Drama, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving to New York City, where she understudied on Broadway and toured nationally. Her television credits include recurring roles on Miami Medical and Grey’s Anatomy.
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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
- ISBN-13: 978-1-5046-1069-8