Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Today’s featured book is an ARC from Amazon Vine:  Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter.






Intro:  When you first disappeared, your mother warned me that finding out exactly what had happened to you would be worse than never knowing.  We argued about this constantly because arguing was the only thing that held us together at the time.

“Knowing the details won’t make it any easier,” she warned me.  “The details will tear you apart.”

I was a man of science.  I needed facts.  Whether I wanted to or not, my mind would not stop generating hypotheses:  Abducted.  Raped.  Defiled.


That was the sheriff’s theory, or at least his excuse when we demanded answers he could not give.  Your mother and I had always been secretly pleased that you were so headstrong and passionate about your causes.  Once you were gone, we understood that these were the qualities that painted young men as smart and ambitious and young women as trouble.


Teaser:  Claire had no doubt these movies were obscene.  Maybe she’d been right about Agent Fred Nolan yesterday.  The FBI had tracked the downloaded files to Paul’s computer.  Claire had seen a 60 minutes story where a government whistleblower had said connecting your computer to the Internet was tantamount to jacking yourself directly into the NSA.  They probably knew that Paul had looked at the movies. (p. 92).


Blurb:  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.


I am excited about this book.  What do you think?  Would you keep reading?



    1. I haven’t read very many by this author (yet), but I love the sound of this one…and I have another of her books on my Kindle (Coptown). I think I saw that one on your blog, Rita….thanks for stopping by!


  1. Karen Slaughter is such a good author and I love how spot-on she is about how certain qualities are seen differently depending on gender! I am definitely going to have to check this one out, it sounds pretty much straight up my alley! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words


  2. I’m a big fan of Karin Slaughter. Love her books. And even though this one doesn’t feature my favorite Will Trent, I’m excited about it. Yep, I’ll be reading it.


  3. I recently met a woman who worked for the feds who said exactly the same thing. She said if you send any government agency an email through your private account then don’t assume it’s private anymore.


  4. This sounds like it will be very good, Laurel-Rain! I have only read one novel by Karin Slaughter, but her books are among my favorite genre, so I’m sure I would like this one. I’m already intrigued by the opening and teaser you shared.


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