It’s been more than twenty years since Claire and Lydia last spoke. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire; Lydia, a single mother dating an ex-con, struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the disappearance of their sister Julia two decades earlier–and the shocking murder of Claire;s husband brings the horror and heartbreak of the past roaring back in to their lives.
The vanishing of a teenage girl and the killing of a middle-age man, almost a quarter-century apart: What could connect them? As they form a wary truce, the surviving sisters unearth the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago…and find the astonishing truth where they least expected it.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable plot twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller to be read with white knuckles and a fast beating heart.”
I think that I have found a new favorite thriller and author.
This book was one of my choices for a read-a-thon that I am participating in this month called March Mystery Madness (you can find my full TBR here!) I also had heard my good friend Lisa (check her out here for some great thriller/mystery recommendations!) talk about it as it was her book club book of the month for the month of February. Since I didn’t have time to read it in February, I thought reading it for this month-long read-a-thon would be perfect.
It was a perfect read.
This book had every thing that I love in a thriller.
Starting off with the characters, I liked both Claire and Lydia. Seeing their bond grow over the course of this book was interesting after such a long period of time of not speaking. Getting the backstory of what they had gone through with the disappearance and murder of their sister gripped me and put me right into the story. They both grew as characters tremendously throughout the book from being kind of annoying at first to becoming strong, independent women.
As far as the romance aspects of this book, I think this was the most interesting part of the entire book for me. We, the readers, started off the book with getting an idea of what the relationship between Claire and her husband was like before the events of the book took place. Then we had the husband’s “murder” take place and we see what Claire went through during that horrible time. Then, at the middle and the end of the book, we find out what the husband was really like. The despicable things that he was into. Claire was able to move on from this, pardon my language, son of a bitch and get her life back together. This was a messed up relationship from the beginning but in the end, I’m glad that Claire was able to overcome all the things that she had went through and move on.
Finally, going into the plot, I had some problems with this aspect of the book. I found it engaging and it made me not want to put the book down at times but at the same time, I had problems with the pacing. At times it was extremely slow and other times it was too fast for my personal taste. I also think that the book could have been 75-100 pages shorter. It felt like the author just decided to add the scenes with Lydia being kidnapped at the last second. They were necessary. Those last few pages didn’t need to be there.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. It had all the elements that I love in a thriller or a mystery plus some. I will definitely be picking up more books by this author in the future.