Author: Karin Slaughter
Narrated By: Kathleen Early
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Duration: 19 hrs 59 minutes
My Rating: 7/10
Overview: Pretty girls have vanished from Georgia for years. Some are eventually found, most are not. Claire and Lydia's older sister vanished 20 years previously. They never found out what happened to her, until a new missing girl leads to new-found secrets unraveling everything the sisters had believed to be true.
Pretty Girls is a chilling psychological thriller you will NOT forget.
What I loved: The majority of Pretty Girls was phenomenal. The plot is unique and always twisting and turning around ever corner you never thought existed. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, something completely different slaps you across the face.
The book is well-written by an experienced author. The story will come alive before your eyes, or ears, and you may feel like you know the main characters personally. Claire and Lydia are sarcastic, sassy, smart and more alike than they think.
Some chapters are so intense, I could almost feel my heart beating out of my chest. One moment even left me gasping out loud to myself, "Oh. My. God."
If you're looking for a dark and immensely intriguing thriller, read, or listen, to this book.
What I didn't: I absolutely love reading thrillers. They keep me up at night with their visceral and winding stories of love, pain and death. I'm no stranger to dark books too, I mean, have you read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn? But... Pretty Girls was a tad too dark for me. Maybe it's because I was listening to the audio book, or maybe it was the content itself, but some scenes are so brutally disturbing, it was hard to take in. I feel some of the "dark" plot points could have easily been left out, and the story would still have been equally as powerful.
What I loved about listening: Kathleen, the narrator, certainly performed admirably for this audiobook. She is soft-spoken, but delivers the story to you in a manner in which you cannot stop listening. She does more than simply read the story, she acts it out too. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her read Pretty Girls.
What I didn't love about listening: For the most part, Kathleen, did an amazing job. But, she did have one annoying habit of over-pronouncing her "W's." If you're a person especially sensitive to sounds, like me, be prepared.
Again, some of the disturbing scenes were amplified by hearing them spoken out loud. At least if I had read the physical copy, I could have skimmed over some parts which were especially gruesome.
Also, maybe I'm just picky, but I would have liked to hear the narrator use a deeper voice for male characters, or even have a male narrator be involved.