Whodunit Book Club members were delighted to welcome another new face at this month's meeting. Fifteen members came together on a chilly and windy evening to discuss the thriller "Pretty Girls" by Karin Slaughter. Some attendees thought the author's name was very fitting due to the extreme and graphic violence depicted in the novel.
The description of the novel from the author's website:
7/10 with nine members saying they would read another book by this author.
Some adjectives used to describe "Pretty Girls" were: disturbing, graphic, intense, etc. It was all those things and more. With a high body count the novel felt like a film script. The many plot twists, fast pacing, and skillful writing ensured that it was a page-turner. However, the book was not for the squeamish. Torture, gore, and rape were described in graphic detail... too much detail for some. Others thought the vivid depictions were necessary to ensure that the reader was fully apprised of the extent of evil of the novel's villain.
Discussion arose as to whether society is now becoming desensitized to the evil that man can perpetrate upon his fellow man... It was also questioned as to whether people of varying ages would react differently to the graphic nature of the novel.
Some readers enjoyed the psychological study of the damaged family while others couldn't connect with the characters on any level.
Listed on the Globe and Mail's list of 100 best books, "Pretty Girls" is listed in the crime section. Goodreads rates the book very highly with the average score taken from over thirty-one thousand ratings.
There will be no Whodunit Book Club meeting in April.
We meet again on May 31st to discuss
"The Devil you Know" by Elisabeth de Mariaffi.
Lucky winners of the giveaway books this month were: