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A fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat

A story of a family that breaks apart when a daughter/sister goes missing. 20 years later things start happening that draws the two remaining sisters into a deadly dance with a violent psychopath. "A gripping, page-turning crime story that makes your heart race...." Jeffery Deaver in praise of Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls, Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Published 2015, 573 pages

I raced through this book. It's the fastest I've ever read 573 pages! Something about the pacing of the story didn't give me reason to pause anywhere, but instead compelled me to read the next paragraph, and the next.....what devious, nasty, horrible thing was going to happen next?

The two estranged sisters are brought back together at the death of the younger sister's husband. Through flashbacks, we discover the reason for the estrangement and lingering distrust. Gradually they are forced to work together as they come to realize they are being stalked. By someone who is relentless. Someone who is fixated on their family. There is some pretty graphic torture of women, so if that is a trigger for you, this is not the book for you.

The mystery part is fairly light, the thriller part is gripping. Though I figured out what was happening, it didn't dilute the building tension. The bad guy is thoroughly bad and the heroines are women pushed to their limits but who manage to dredge up the strength needed to persevere.

photo by Terrie Purkey, dahlia from my garden

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