In this interview with Karin Slaughter, the international bestselling author discusses the story behind her new psychological thriller, “Pretty Girls.” Slaughter described this book as an exploration of the relationships between people connected by blood, by love, and by shared history.
“This is a novel about family secrets and betrayals, which can be just as riveting and life-changing as a crime which brings strangers together. And it allowed me to focus more closely than ever on women—in this case, three sisters, one of them missing and two of them estranged—and the special bonds that unite them.”
In “Pretty Girls,” two estranged sisters come together to find the truth about two tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastated their lives. Slaughter said, “I wanted to show the reader the fall-out from crime, as in what happens when the case goes cold, there’s no resolution, and the family is left behind to pick up the pieces. While there is a lot of suspense in the book, I think the heart of the story is Sam’s letters, because it shows just how heart breaking and maddening it is to never know why a loved one was taken.”
Karin Slaughter said she was in writing a completely different book when the idea for “Pretty Girls” came to her. “I hate to admit that it was because I was under the influence of narcotics. I’m a real lightweight—I’ve never smoked a cigarette or done any illegal drugs—but I slipped a disc in my back and was on heavy meds for the pain. I woke up from a fever dream and had this idea for a book. I wrote it down and went back to sleep.”
When she awoke the next morning and read her notes, Slaughter said she thought, “Wow, that’s pretty damn good.” She put the other story on hold and immediately began working on “Pretty Girls.”
Learn more about Karin Slaughter on her website at karinslaughter.com.