#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
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 so happy I decided to try an audiobook in hopes of getting out of my still prevailing slump. I recently saw a review of this on YouTube and it made me interested to read it because a lot of people described it as a very gory/violently graphic novel. I love to be shocked with the stories that I read so I checked it out. This was incredible. I haven’t read any of Karin Slaughter’s books before and now I am sure that I will be reading her works from here on out.
The story had a lot of twists and turns and it really made me feel a lot of different things. Grief, despair, fear, disgust and the sweet, sweet joy of justice in the end. I think the execution of the relationship between Lydia and Claire was well done, especially regarding the circumstances that they have been through. I felt for their parents and them about the loss of their sister. I cried lots of times throughout the book because I was angry and I felt helpless. Admittedly it doesn’t take a lot to move me because I feel things deeply but this book still made a different impact and I’m glad I read it.
Karin Slaughter is such a great writer because a lot of her twists, I never even thought of. At the end of every chapter there is a new revelation, a new layer of sickness and psychopathy that just made my stomach turn. For the most part I don’t have any dislikes about the story. Maybe it dragged a bit at some point near the end with the ‘rescue’ scenes but it quickly righted itself in my opinion. And the end, oh my goodness, the end is super satisfying. I didn’t think of the direction it was gonna go in but I appreciate that it surprised me.
This is not for the faint of heart. IF you can read it, I highly recommend you to. Trigger warnings for rape and heavy violence but other than that this is a brilliantly written book that can mess with you.
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Lots of love,