The Truth About Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter's crime novels are easily amongst my favourites, however with the exception of one Will Trent novella her short stories are not on the same level. That is not to say I haven't enjoyed them though.
43-year-old Jude Hanson returns home to Poulet and her mother - the Georgia mountain town she grew up in and the woman she hoped never to see again.
This novel focuses on the character of Jude as she recalls her life whilst driving to an unknown destination.
There is no plot so to speak but instead we are briefly treated to the workings of a woman's mind as she reviews her life choices and regards them.
Jude is a compelling character. Whilst it is clear from her actions that she is not an overly nice individual, she is compelling. It is also hard not to sympathise with her given her past and the decisions she has made as a result.
Unfortunately although this snapshot is interesting, there is nothing really to this story and so there is not too much that can be said about it.
The whole story is devised to set up to a rather like warm ending. It is touching but far from satisfying.
Overall, good enough as a short story but certainly nothing to rave about.
My rating: 6.7