The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon

The Longest Holiday [review]

The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon
[Synopsis]

He’s smiling down at me with tears in his eyes as I say my solemn vow:
‘I, Laura, take thee, Matthew, to be my lawful wedded husband…’ I thought I would never feel like this about anyone ever again. Not after my first love… Not after the heartbreak and the loss and the trying to pick myself back up again…

Then I met Matthew, and I know that he has my heart forever: my perfect, gorgeous, adoring Matthew. And then I wake up. And I remember that he’s not perfect. He’s so far from perfect that my heart could surely collapse from the pain that instantly engulfs me…

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To say Laura is unlucky in love is an understatement. Her first boyfriend died in a horrific accident, and now she’s just discovered that her husband of six months has been hiding a terrible secret. Devastated and unwilling to face reality, she escapes on a girls’ holiday to Key West with her best friend Marty. But a deep and instant attraction to a sexy Cuban scuba diver takes her completely by surprise.

When her two weeks in the sun come to an end, Laura doesn’t want to go home again. But she can’t run from real life forever. Can she?

The Longest Holiday

[My Review]

The Longest Holiday was quite predictable, but with Paige Toon you know what you’re getting- light, entertaining chick lit which (hopefully) will all work out OK in the end!

There were quite a few ‘heavier’ topics- to start with Laura has found out her new husband of 7 months has cheated on her on his stag do, plus some of the characters experience or have experienced quite hard or upsetting times, but the overall tone of the novel is still light and fairly humorous.

The characters are quite well developed; I wasn’t sure about some of them to start with, but grew to like some of the characters more. However I did feel like Laura and Leo’s relationship developed all of a sudden and perhaps wasn’t completely convincing which was a shame, but didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the story.

Paige Toon, as usual, takes you through a range of emotions with The Longest Holiday; I did think to myself ‘how would I react in the same situation?’ and I feel like I would definitely just want to get away too. Don’t want to ruin the ending but I’m glad with how it ended (well, party of it anyway!)

I enjoyed reading this but not sure it tops my chick-lit list- worth a read though (especially if you’re off on holiday)!

Rating: 3.5/5

Are you a fan of Paige Toon? Have you read The Longest Holiday or any of her other work and what did you think?

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Little Girl Gone

Little Girl Gone [review]

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[Synopsis]

A baby goes missing. But does her mother want her back?

When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.

Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…

Little Girl Gone

[My Review]

Little Girl Gone is a psychological thriller that focuses on Estelle, a struggling mother of newborn baby Mia, who is obviously suffering from severe post natal depression. One day baby Mia goes missing without a trace, and Estelle desperately tries to find out what happened to her baby and where she’s gone. Various circumstances mean that she is not believed by the police and even her own husband, who think she is to blame, and after a while she starts to wonder: has she done something to Mia?!

Though the story did keep me reading on, I felt like it could have been improved upon. A lot of the circumstances and occurrences felt a little too ridiculous, as were the reactions of many of the characters. I know that some of the ‘bad luck’ or ‘coincidences’ had to happen to ensure that the story could progress as it was intended to, but some of it just felt a little too unbelievable. Then again, this is a thriller and I would expect to suspend by disbelief whilst reading it.

Unfortunately I also struggled with the length of this novel; it could have been cut down by a lot, and there were times when I got a little bored of reading about her sessions with the psychologist. Though I’m not a reader who always wants action, action, action, I still felt this was a little slow at times and could have been sped up towards its conclusion.

However, I really enjoyed the air of mystery throughout. I wasn’t sure until a good way through whether Estelle had done anything to her child or not, only further reinforced by Estelle’s unreliability as a narrator (and this trope has become well-used in the current wave of psychological thrillers all compared to Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train (which this novel was also compared to, of course, though I don’t think it really applies very much personally).

The way Alexandra Burt presents Estelle’s state of mind and suffering is really effective. I felt like I could really imagine what she was going through and found it quite upsetting and emotional at times, particularly when reading about her awful experience of post-natal depression, and how on the whole it was so widely misunderstood by so many people around her.

I really enjoy this genre and feel like Alexandra Burt has created a readable novel which is definitely entertaining; it kept me reading until the end so I feel like it had the basic elements there, it just wasn’t anything special. For psychological thriller-junkies, though, it’s worth a read!

[Rating: 3/5]

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this novel in return for an honest review.

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Wicked Girls [review]

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
[Synopsis]

One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder.

Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it’s the first time they’ve seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives – and families – to protect, will they really be able to keep their secret hidden?

The Wicked Girls

[My Review]

The Wicked Girls
by Alex Marwood has quickly become one of my favourite reads of the year! It manages to combine quite serious subject matters with a gripping – and at times quite eerie- storyline.

The characters in this novel are one of the key reasons for my enjoyment; they’re so well crafted, despite the fact that we know at the beginning that a few of these characters must be ‘living a lie’ to some extent under a new identity. I liked how their lives became entwined once again in adulthood and felt their panic and fear later on in the story as if I were in their position. To me pretty much all of the characters seemed well developed and convincing and I really enjoyed reading about them, even the less likeable ones!

I loved the way the story slowly unravels what happened 15 years ago, particularly that the author has included a moral dilemma. What the two girls did was wrong, no question, but does that mean they deserve the life they ended up with?

I don’t want to say too much about this novel as I don’t want to give too much away and potentially ruin your experience of it. I didn’t know too much about it before I read it, and it was recommended to me by my mum and a few other people had said they’d enjoyed it too so I gave it a go without really knowing too much about it. I’m glad I did as I was completely drawn in. However one thing to note is that, although the reader slowly finds out certain parts of the story, it’s not a mystery story really- it’s more about the way this one day, one mistake, has affected their lives for years to come. I found this really interesting to write about- it’s not often you start to feel really sorry for two child killers!

This definitely reminded me a little of The Ice Cream Girls in the way that it looks at how child criminals are treated and assume new identities, but I found this a little more creepy, and with maybe a touch more drama too. I know some readers may think it could have done with a few less ‘coincidences’ but I loved it!

[Rating: 4.5/5]

Have you read The Wicked Girls? What did you think?

Top 10 Tuesday: Autumn To-Read List

Here are my Top 10 ‘To-Read’ books for this Autumn (Fall)!
Part of The Broke and the Bookish‘s book meme ‘Top Ten Tuesday’- this week is ‘Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List’. 

 I actually saw this post on RebeccaBookReview and The Diary of a Bibliophile and thought I’d give it a go- it was really tricky narrowing it down to 10 so I bet I’ll think of a load more I should have added but, for now, this is my version.

(PS- apologies if the images on here are all crazy sizes, I’m stuck using my ipad at the moment and it’s really not great for HTML, uploading pics or…anything wordpress related really!)

1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
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2. A God In Ruins- Kate Atkinson

3. The Children Act- Ian McEwan
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4. A Game For All The Family- Sophie Hannah
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5. The Girl In The Spider’s Web- David Lagercrantz
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6. After You- JoJo Moyes
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7. All The Bright Places- Jennifer Niven
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8. In The Unlikely Event- Judy Blume
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9. A Spool Of Blue Thread- Anne Tyler
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10. We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
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What are your Top 10 for Autumn (fall)?!

Get The Glow by Madelaine Shaw

My (Recent!) Favourite Cookbooks [reviews]

I’ve been really into trying out new recipes recently. I love cooking but sometimes struggle for inspiration, and always feel a bit like I’m wandering around the supermarket with no purpose when I try and do a weekly shop. So I thought I’d try and find some exciting new (hopefully not too tricky!) recipes and use them in my meal plan, to stop me buying a weird and random mix of ingredients, a large portion of which don’t end up being used before they go off!

Here is a list of my favourite cookbooks I’ve tried recently (any which I’ve received for free from publishers are marked with a *)

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Mug Meals by Dina CheneyMug Meals by Dina Cheney*

Mug Meals: Delicious Microwave Recipes

‘Meals in mugs’ is a concept that I find really appeals to my impatient, lazy side! The idea of making a meal in a matter of meals, using a mug and a microwave, sounds pretty damn good! It might not be the healthiest collection of recipes but convenience is what is at its heart, and that sounds good to me!

Dina Cheney has created a whole host of easy to follow, tasty recipes which can be cooked in a mug. One thing to note is that quite a few of the recipes use leftovers, so if you don’t have some of the ingredients pre-cooked then you’ll probably have to cook them first on the stove or using whichever method is suitable. However for meals to take into work or to just quickly throw together at home, using leftover ingredients is not only quicker but also cuts down on food waste, saving money- excellent!

The book includes some nice images of the mug meals which is always helpful as I love a visual guide of what it *should* look like, and to judge whether it looks nice too of course! Cheney includes a range of meals for breakfasts, lunch/dinner and- excitingly- sweet treats too! I’ve tried a few out and found they’re easy to follow and haven’t had any mishaps- yet. Obviously the length of cooking time can depend on your microwave’s power, but that’s pretty self-explanatory of course (the microwave at work, for example, is shockingly rubbish so takes some extra judgement on how much extra time to cook for!)

Overall I think this is a brilliant cookbook and would be particularly ideal as a gift for someone going off to uni soon, or with limited access to cooking equipment. Definitely recommended!

Rating: 4/5

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The Part-Time Vegetarian by Nicola Graimes The Part-Time Vegetarian by Nicola Graimes*

The Part-Time Vegetarian: Flexible Recipes to Go (Nearly) Meat-Free

This cookbook blends a great range of delicious-sounding vegetarian recipes along with some really tasty looking meat-based recipes. The book is based around the idea of ‘flexitarianism’, where you eat mostly as a veggie but include a few meat-based recipes to vary your diet too. I really like the sound of this and it’s something I hink I am going to incorporate into my lifestyle as much as possible from now on! Most of the recipes can be varied to be either vegetarian or to include meat, and it is so useful to be able to adapt them so easily, depending on how you feel- or perhaps the eating habits of your guests?

One of my favourite recipes is the ‘Brazilian sweet potato and red pepper curry’, though there are loads of other really nice looking ones- I am looking forward to trying out the ‘Halloumi Hash’ and the ‘Indonesian stir-fried rice’- they look delicious!

The book includes some lovely photos of the dishes which really makes me want to try them out, and towards the back of the book Nicola Graimes lists an array of recipes for ‘pickles and ferments’, and a ‘planning ahead’ section which has a suggested meal plan for the week ahead. I love this and think it’s so useful if you just don’t want to think about what to cook, especially when you’re in the supermarket buying ingredients for the week ahead.

This book does feel like it’s promoting a way of life as well as just recipes, which sounds pretty clichéd but I think it’s true 🙂

I would say this is a brilliant recipe book for someone who wants to try and incorporate more vegetarian meals into their diet but struggle for inspiration (like me!)

Rating: 5/5

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Get The Glow by Madelaine Shaw Get The Glow by Madeleine Shaw

Get The Glow

Get The Glow focuses on healthy eating without leaving you feeling starving afterwards, something I hugely welcome! The book is packed full of recipes which really inspired me to try and make the majority of my diet healthier, and has some beautiful photography to accompany recipes too. It’s a really attraction book and would make a lovely gift!

The recipes aren’t hugely onerous and are easy enough to follow. Being a bit lazy at times though I probably won’t try out every single recipe because some do have a big number of ingredients required – I know I can probably cut quite a few of them out in some recipes but you never know how one small element will affect the overall taste. Following this recipe book for every meal would probably get pretty pricey to be honest! However saying that there are lots of delicious-looking recipes that I’ll definitely be trying; the raw chocolate balls are currently my favourite as they’re really tasty and don’t make you feel like you’re being too naughty- because you’re not!

This is definitely a great buy for people looking to really cut down on processed food and stick to a healthier diet- some recipes seem to just use raw ingredients which really leaves no excuses for lazy people. After all, if you only have to combine some prepared ingredients in a bowl then why on earth wouldn’t you ‘get the glow’?!

Rating: 4/5

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Eat Beautiful: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It by Megan StevensEat Beautiful: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It by Megan Stevens*

Eat Beautiful: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It
Here’s another healthy eating recipe book, you may think, but Megan Stevens has really pulled through with a great selection of recipes ‘free from’ different types of foods. This is ideal if you can’t eat something, or simply don’t want to because you know it’s not particularly good for you. If you want to cut out sugar, for example, there are tonnes of recipes that list alternative, natural sweeteners which means you can still enjoy some tasty post-dinner treats! I will say though that most of the recipes call for very specific ingredients which a lot of people are unlikely to have just sitting in their cupboards, so a big health food shop would be required. However I guess you expect that anyway.I am ashamed to say I was completely ignorant of how many ingredients really should be avoided if you want to eat more healthily, and instantly assumed that would mean a dull, uninspiring diet but this book really proved me wrong. If you can be bothered to put the effort in you can create some really tasty, genuinely healthy recipes.Rating: 3.5/5What are your favourite cookbooks? Have you read any of the above, and if so what did you think?* Many thanks to the publishers who provided copies in return for an honest review.

I Know Who Did It by Steve Mosby

I Know Who Did It [review]

I Know Who Did It by Steve Mosby[Synopsis]

Charlie Matheson died two years ago in a car accident. So how is a woman who bearing a startling resemblance to her claiming to be back from the dead? Detective Mark Nelson is called in investigate and hear her terrifying account of what she’s endured in the ‘afterlife’.

Detective David Groves is a man with an unshakeable belief in the law, determined to bring his son’s killers to justice. But Groves’ search will mean facing someone with an altogether more ruthless approach to right and wrong.

Former Detective John Mercer is slowly recovering from the case that nearly destroyed his life, but a connection to Charlie Matheson brings the realisation that he still has demons left to face.

And at the centre of it all, are two brothers with a macabre secret. They’ve been waiting. They’ve been planning. They’ve been killing. And for Mark Nelson, David Groves and John Mercer, they’re about to unleash hell on earth.

I Know Who Did IT

[My Review]

I can’t believe how great this novel is! I wasn’t expecting anything in particular when I started it; I thought it would be another standard crime novel- hopefully a good one!- but more of what I’ve read before. I was wrong- this really stands out amongst the crowd as an excellent, fast-paced novel that keeps you guessing until the end.

I didn’t realise when I started this that it’s actually a sequel to a previous novel by Steve Mosby: The 50/50 Killer. I certainly think I would have probably picked up on more clues or hints if I’d read the first novel, but I feel like I understood it all just fine without having done so.

This novel, although fitting perfectly into the crime/thriller genre, is somehow different to all the others out there. It is more complex, more exciting and more clever than many crime novels I’ve read. It doesn’t try to create a whirlwind of activity and action for the reader but instead moves at a good pace that isn’t too quick. It gives just enough information for the reader to slowly understand what is/ was happening, whilst keeping you hooked into the story and invested in the characters.

I don’t want to say too much about I Know Who Did It, as it’s better to just get stuck in and enjoy Steve Mosby’s great writing and characters. Though its storyline is, at times, quite dark and disturbing, it’s certainly an enjoyable and intriguing read that I’ll be strongly recommending to any crime lovers.

[Rating: 5/5]

I Know Who Did It is released in the UK on 24th September 2015.

** Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this novel in return for an honest review. **

Have you read any of Steve Mosby’s books? What did you think?

Waiting For Doggo by Mark B. Mills

Waiting For Doggo [review]

Waiting for Doggo
[Synopsis]

No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He’s been with Clara for four years and he’s been perfectly happy; but now she’s left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo.

So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He’s just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that’s the plan. Come on…everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend…and an inspiration.

Waiting for Doggo

Waiting For Doggo by Mark B. Mills

[My Review]

Waiting For Doggo by Mark B. Mills isn’t a particularly long book but it’s very entertaining and enjoyable; there’s plenty of humour packed into just over 200 pages. The story focuses on friendships and loyalty, with Daniel’s relationship with Doggo and those he works with being the main focus and which can be enjoyed by anyone, in my opinion, not just dog lovers!

Daniel as a character actually did get on my nerves quite a lot. He comes across as quite annoying and cocky, particularly when he slept with (and continues to sleep with) his ex girlfriend Clara’s sister. I mean, I know Clara left him but still… I didn’t find that this helped me warm to him at all. Most of the ‘main characters are actually quite irritating: Clara, Clara’s sister Lucy, and most of the people he works with at the advertising agency.

Regardless of this I really enjoyed the story and found it very humorous. I enjoyed reading about the quite ridiculous happenings at the advertising agency he worked at, and his flourishing relationship with a co-worker. The story is a short but (mostly) sweet ‘rom-com’ (or perhaps more of a ‘lad-lit’?) novel that is easy and fun to read. Recommended!

[Rating: 4/5]

Rebecca Mascull- The Visitors

[The Visitors] Guest Review

Rebecca Mascull- The VisitorsHello all!

I’ve got a guest review today for Rebecca Mascull’s The Visitors, from my mum! 🙂 She read and really enjoyed it so I asked her to write a quick review for it so I can share it with you all.

[Synopsis]

Imagine if you couldn’t see
couldn’t hear
couldn’t speak…
Then one day somebody took your hand and opened up the world to you.

Adeliza Golding is a deafblind girl, born in late Victorian England on her father’s hop farm. Unable to interact with her loving family, she exists in a world of darkness and confusion; her only communication is with the ghosts she speaks to in her head, who she has christened the Visitors. One day she runs out into the fields and a young hop-picker, Lottie, grabs her hand and starts drawing shapes in it. Finally Liza can communicate.

Her friendship with her teacher and with Lottie’s beloved brother Caleb leads her from the hop gardens and oyster beds of Kent to the dusty veldt of South Africa and the Boer War, and ultimately to the truth about the Visitors.

Rebecca Mascull’s first novel is the tale of a wonderful friendship, but it is also a thrilling adventure, a heartbreaking love story and a compelling ghost story.

The Visitors

[Review]

Set on a hop farm at the end of the 19th Century, a deaf-blind girl narrates the story and through her we experience how she starts to make sense of the World around her and to communicate, thanks mainly to the intervention of one of the summer hop-pickers.

We never know more than Liza, the narrator, does and we see, feel and hear her developing into a warm, intelligent and brave woman.

It is beautifully written with not a word out of character or time and the story takes us from Kent to the Boer War and through tragedy, friendship and love. It is also a strangely compelling ghost story that will linger on after the story is finished.

[Rating: 4/5]

The Book Of You - Claire Kendal

The Book Of You by Claire Kendal [August Book Club]

The Book Of You - Claire KendalThe Book Of You by Claire Kendal was August’s book club choice- and it was my turn to choose this month!

[Synopsis]

Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.

Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.

Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have

The Book of You

Our Book Club Review:

I’d bought this in hard back when it came out and never got round to reading it for one reason or another, so thought this was the perfect opportunity to actually get it read, because it looked really good!

I really enjoy psychological thrillers- I know they’re having a BIG moment at the moment following success of novels such as Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train, but I don’t care if they’re seen as gaining too much coverage- they’re popular because lots of people enjoy them!

This was a great example of a fast paced, atmospheric novel that kept all of us hooked until the end. One member of the group said that they took a while to get into it because of the way it’s written (mostly diary entries) and the way that it jumps around a bit, time-wise. However all the rest of us said we were hooked from pretty much the beginning.

The characters were all interesting and made us want to read more, but some felt that many of the decisions Clarissa made were not overly realistic. I’m not sure about this myself, because I don’t think anyone can judge how they’d react in a situation, especially and disturbing or threatening one, without going through it themselves. I’d hope I would react and behave in a certain sensible way- but who knows? That was something the book really prompted us to consider as we read it. It was also effective at making us think about how people can’t properly be judged as ‘good’ or ‘bad’- it’s not always that black and white. I don’t mean this in reference to Rafe the stalker, but with regards to other characters who made mistakes and didn’t always seem as good as gold. We all said we enjoyed the way it made us think a bit about human nature.

Overall we all enjoyed this novel, some more than others, but no one hated it. I personally loved it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this kind of genre.

Rating: 4/5

Have you read The Book Of You? If so, what did you think?


Next month:
This was picked by a colleague, I’ve never heard of it to be honest (I probably should have!) so I will be interested to see how I, and everyone else, finds it.
[Synopsis]

This is a story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rules…people who get special pleasure out of doing something well, even if only for themselves…people who know there’s more to this living than meets the eye: they’ll be right there with Jonathan, flying higher and faster than ever they dreamed.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. He believes it is every gull’s right to fly, to reach the ultimate freedom of challenge and discovery, finding his greatest reward in teaching younger gulls the joy of flight and the power of dreams.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls [review]

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter[Synopsis]

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenage 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.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

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[My Review]

Pretty Girls is an exciting story with lots of twists and turns and plenty of mystery. This is a stand alone novel, not one of the Will Trent series, and Karin Slaughter beautifully constructs this story of betrayal, family and, of course, murder.

There are two main narrators in this novel: sisters Claire and Lydia, whose sister Julia disappeared years ago and whose body was never found. We also hear from their father Sam, who is directly addressing daughter Julia directly, and he conveys the raw emotions he’s feeling at her disappearance. All three narratives have their share of emotion and intrigue, as they’ve all suffered in different ways following Julia’s disappearance. I felt the characters in this novel were all believable, though some were far less likable than others, and the main ‘villain’ did seem a little over the top sometimes.

Almost a story of two halves, Pretty Girls starts by concentrating more on the family and the impact Julia’s disappearance had on the the family, whilst the second half switches to a much faster paced, thriller-style story. I really liked both parts but did think to myself that it feels kind of like two different books put together- either way, it works, and the tension continues to increase throughout the second half where the novel definitely moves into more of an ‘action-packed’ territory!

A word of warning- this novel certainly has some dark subject matters in it. I’m usually fine with really gritty storylines but I did flinch a few times whilst reading some of Pretty Girls- not for the faint hearted perhaps? It all added to the story though and meant you were sucked more and more into the cruel and horrifying circumstances in which Julia disappeared.

I felt that this was a great read which manages to shock, thrill and entertain without trying too hard. It’s incredibly entertaining with twists and turns, but I won’t say more than that because I don’t want to give anything away. Whether you’re currently a Karin Slaughter fan or not, give this a go!

[Rating: 4/5]

** Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this novel in return for an honest review. **

Have you read many of Karin Slaughter’s novels? What did you think?