I feel like these 2 books are the Karin Slaughter dynamic duo. I really can’t decide which one I like more, but I’m leaning slightly towards Pretty Girls.
Pretty Girls is great, it’s a classic Karin Slaughter novel that starts off with a bang almost immediately. What I loved about Pretty Girls was the character development and realistic characters throughout the story. Sure, a couple parts were a little far fetched- but it also actually felt like it could be totally real overall. I also liked the back stories of the sisters and felt like the way they helped each other and were brought back together was on point.
Here is the Blurb for Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter:
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenage 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.
Pieces of Her was great and I’m super excited that Netflix is making it into a movie or series. I loved the Mother/ Daughter dynamic, however I felt myself getting slightly annoyed with Andy’s character and her delay in reaction or ability to act quicker in certain situations. Here is the Blurb for Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter:
Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?
But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.