A review by triple_m
Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter

dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


While this book isn’t completely perfect, I dare say it is worthy of me giving it 5 stars. I just absolutely loved it, was enthralled the entire time, and really connected with the characters.

I’ll start with the cons because there are few: The chapters written to Julia from the dad can drag. Not even because they’re boring but the chapters with Claire and Lydia are so interesting that you’re tempted to skip ahead. And this is petty, but
Spoilerdespise that Claire makes plans to get a drink with Nolan I get that he ends up being a “good” (relative) guy but he sucks. I also didn’t like using Adam as a red herring, it was never explained why he was so aggressive in the note he left for Claire, it didn’t really fit with what we know of his character.

This book is very graphic, which for me is a good thing, I enjoy novels with graphic content. That being said, the only graphic books I have read have been written by men and I don’t know if I can ever go back. It’s hard for me to describe but I could just tell this book was written by a woman (big positive). The moment you think the situation couldn’t get any more deprived, it does. 

Claire and Lydia are both arguably shitty people, or do put it tastefully I would say they’re both complex and flawed characters. They’ve experienced a significant amount of trauma so it makes sense that they’ve had a difficult time adjusting to life. 

Loved the book and was very satisfied with the ending.

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