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Pretty Girls

Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town.

With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

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Simply Amazing!

Simply exceptionally. I completely lost myself to the story. I laughed when the characters laughed, I cried when the characters cried. The narrator's did an amazing job in bringing the characters alive from the texts. I'll remember this book for a very long time.

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Horrific couldn't put it down

If you like suspense and can stomach some pretty horrific crimes and the details of said crimes this book is a must. Had me hooked until the last word.

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holy shttttt

the female narrator was likeable - i didnt have to get used to her voice.
the male narrator was outstanding. really!! he made me cry.
pay attention becus karin doesnt waste any time. this book was perfectly edited.
theres no way they can ruin this into a movie.
i felt things i havent felt in books before.. ive never cried becus of a book..

it had its downsides though. not every storyline can be perfect right? and thats what makes it real!

twists n turns in every chapter.. story lines that unfold through characters.. when one character makes u question somethin, another will unknowingly help u. so every character feels vital.

just listen to this audio already!!!!

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Loved it, many twists and lots of suspense

The first few chapters I wasn't sure, but the more I listened it started to all connect up. Many twists, lots of suspense! I finished this book within 3 days as I couldn't stop listening!

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Compelling

Gruesome. But unable to stop listening ended up sitting in my car outside work because I had to know what happened next. Plenty of plot twists

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Not for the faint of heart

It had me hooked. A twisty, graphic, and believable book.
I enjoyed the narrators and 3 perspectives the book was written in.

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Not what I expected - a fantastic read!

What made the experience of listening to Pretty Girls the most enjoyable?

You won't want to stop listening, just to find out what the next twist is! This is one you'll need to concentrate on to full immerse yourself in the experience, not a background book.
The characters are just so believable, pitiful, and engaging. Karin Slaughter effortlessly creates a vivid picture of the environments, people and energy throughout.
The performance is unobtrusive and didn't distract from the story - as it should be.
Highly recommended.

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Brilliant

Masterfully written. Such amazing style for such emotive subject matter. The narration is incredible. Thoroughly engrossing.

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Couldn't stop listening

Very gruesome but completely captivating. Couldn't stop listening. The male reader is so lovely to listen to, a tear jerker at the end.

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Gripping but not for the faint hearted!

I liked the different narrators and each person's perspective on the same situation. It had tense moments and touching scenes. Quite gory though.

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  • penny ann
  • 04-07-2015

LOVED IT!!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, chapters 28 and 29!!! I have listened/read other books by Karin, but this book by far is the best!!!

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  • Trish
  • 26-07-2015

Riveting. Can't Put down. Love Karin Slaughter

If you could sum up Pretty Girls in three words, what would they be?

Pretty Girls is the thriller version of the 2014 books of the year--the ones that slowly unravel the complexities of individuals. so slowly that it drains the reader .The difference with Pretty Girls is that there is NO fluff, no psychological babble--EVERY word written has significance and is gripping. Pretty Girls is about 3 sisters, one murdered long ago, and their parents vert different way of dealing with the pain. The 2 living sisters are estranged and living very different lives, but come together in a can't put down story where EVERYTHING is linked.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Girls?

It's all memorable. Please stop reading this review and buy the book. If you love psychological thrillers, this book is for you. Karin Slaughter can be a gory writer, but this book is not like that, although it is graphic in nature.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Woodward and Robert G Slade – was your favorite?

The narrators did an amazing job of voicing the characters. I can't put a finger on a favorite character. I would have to say Lydia, the tough and resilient sister. I loved her most because I loved her boyfriend.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme reaction--LOVED this book. It's in my top 10 of 1000's. I read everything of Karin Slaughter. She's in my top 5 of favorite authors.

Any additional comments?

Why are you still reading this? Go get the book!

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  • Wayne
  • 19-07-2015

Karin Slaughter best novel

Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite writers. I'm a fan Grant County series and Will Trent series as well as her stand alone novels. Pretty Girls, a well written psychological thriller, may be her best work yet. It is easily the best of the 50 or so novels I have read or listened to this year. Read other reviews here and at amazon.com to learn more about the book. My intent in writing this short review is to say (1) you need to read this excellent novel and (2) the audiobook version narration is exceptionally good.

I'm glad I decided to buy the audiobook rather than the Kindle version. Jennifer Woodward does a fine job as primary narrator, but Robert Slade's reading of her father's letters to the long dead Julia Scott is haunting and wonderful; Slade's tone is pitch perfect.

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  • Nicolle
  • 07-07-2015

Can't believe I'm saying this....better than the Will and Sara series...oh my!!

I usually rate books but never leave comments...this time however I am completely blown away by this story!! I became a huge fan of Karin Slaughters after reading Lisa Gardner and was hooked from book 1...I was devastated when I completed the last in the will and Sara and had to wait. Honestly Pretty Girls is interesting, disturbing, funny and dark just the way I like em!! I laughed, cried and everything between! The narrator was also phenomenal and picked up on every nuance...great job to Karin and the entire audio production crew...wish I could listen all over again!!!

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  • brenda f.
  • 30-08-2018

Excellent...kept me listening.

Really enjoyed this book. Well narrated and the characters are real....mostly.
The ending was good ..but seemed a little rushed. . some of the loose ends could have been covered better.
Thoroughly enjoyable and excellent narration.

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  • 14-10-2015

Painting with word.

Karen Slaughter writes very vivid pictures in her book. Can't turn pages fast enough. Thanks

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  • Bronwyn Johnson
  • 14-08-2015

Gripping thriller from start to finish!

Would you consider the audio edition of Pretty Girls to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but the audio version was extremely well done. Excellent performances! Brilliant story and unpredictable plot.

What other book might you compare Pretty Girls to and why?

Similar to Karin Slaughter's Grant County thrillers, this story is well constructed with believable characters. The villain is a complex character but his/her acts are pure evil! The protagonist tends to receive help from an unexpected source and there are twists and turns the whole way through the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the end scene. After reading a very thrilling book where the protagonists encountered one setback after the next, and it seemed all hope was lost, it was wonderful to see them take back their power in the end. I won't say more and spoil the ending for you - but this was a really powerful scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was very disturbed at times when the story became too violent. The villain is particularly wicked and his abuse of women is diabolical. These scenes are quite graphic and fortunately, not that long or frequent.

Any additional comments?

Karin is a master storyteller and this is one of the best I've read so far. Highly recommended!

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  • Carla Hawkins
  • 27-07-2015

I really enjoyed this listen!

Very engaging story and will definitely refer this book to friends. I will check out Ms. Slaughter's other works.

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  • Christine
  • 17-07-2015

Excellent

Had a great story line. Believable characters. I really enjoyed listening. Can't wait for more.

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  • Jill
  • 13-07-2015

YUK !!!

I must have lead a very sheltered life but I found this book stomach churning in places. I also found myself questioning why this depravity had been allowed to go on so long
unaccountable .The only reason I perservered to the end was because I hoped there would be a plausible explanation but NOPE.
I know this goes against all other reviews but it is how I felt after listening to this book.

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  • Jonathan Andrews
  • 13-08-2015

Gripping

I like Karin Slaughter and this is her best yet. Although long it is attention grabbing and I just couldn't stop listening to it until the end. Often the twists and turns in novels are telegraphed but not here. The story and tension slowly builds and allows the listener to really start to experience emotions concerning the different characters. Excellent book.

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  • Heidi
  • 16-09-2015

fab but horrifying<br />

be aware that at times this i's very graphic and upsetting.that said addictive and a fantastic story

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  • moi79
  • 18-07-2015

Nope

Got tricked by the good reviews. Not only is this poorly written and formulaic, it needlessly dwells on torture porn style details. Don't understand how it's so popular or well received.

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  • E. Midgley
  • 16-08-2015

Brilliant

Brilliant, too real, funny, vivid, 'un-put-down-able', sad, horrifying, beautiful, funny, gripping, amazing. I love this book.I didn't want it to end.

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  • Foshy
  • 11-08-2015

Loved this story

OK, a little graphic at times but overall a very good story that had me hooked from start to finish. Looking at other books by Karin Slaughter now as I really enjoyed this one. Very well read as well. The mix of the male and female narrators was very well done.

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  • Mrs
  • 01-09-2015

Wow Wow Wow .

This is not the type of book I would normally listen to, but I was swayed by all the good reviews. I couldn't stop listening. I had to know how it ended. Yes it was violent and horrific in parts, but so captivating right from the start.
This book has gone straight into my top ten. Well written, well narrated.

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  • Jo
  • 12-08-2015

Brilliant

Loved this book. I'm a big fan of James Patterson / Peter James.....this was kinda similar. So clever - kept listening constantly. Great twists and turns - loved it.

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  • Jennifer
  • 31-07-2015

gripping from beginning to end

This book made me cry... brilliant story touched my heart. The narrative was capivating .....excellent

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  • Ju
  • 10-07-2015

Excellent story

I was drawn into the story immediately. I loved the characters, the plot and the twists and turns. The narration is 5/5! Highly recommend

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  • juliex
  • 05-09-2015

Good story throughout

Where does Pretty Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of best

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Woodward and Robert G Slade ?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Once I got used to the narrator I really enjoyed this book,, good pace throughout

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