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Flores cortadas

Flores cortadas

Escrito por Karin Slaughter


Flores cortadas

Escrito por Karin Slaughter

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3/5 (663 valoraciones)
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14 horas
Publicado:
17 may 2016
ISBN:
9780718090685
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La autora best seller número uno internacionalmente, Karin Slaughter, regresa con una novela sofisticada y escalofriante de peligrosos secretos, venganza y absolución inesperada, en la cual dos hermanas que han vivido separadas deben reunirse veinte años después para descubrir la verdad acerca de dos desgarradoras tragedias que devastaron sus vidas. Hermanas. Extrañas. Sobrevivientes. Hace más de veinte años, la hermana adolescente de Claire y Lydia, Julia, se desvaneció sin dejar rastro. Las dos hermanas no han hablado desde entonces, y ahora sus vidas no podrían ser más diferentes. Claire es la glamurosa esposa trofeo de un millonario de Atlanta. Lydia, madre soltera, sale con un exconvicto y batalla por pagar todos los gastos mensuales. Pero ninguna de las dos se ha recuperado del horror y el sufrimiento de la pérdida que las une; una desgarradora herida que se abre cruelmente cuando matan al esposo de Claire. La desaparición de una muchacha adolescente y el asesinato de un hombre de mediana edad, casi un cuarto de siglo después: ¿qué podría relacionarlos? Formando una cautelosa tregua, las hermanas sobrevivientes miran al pasado para encontrar la verdad, desenterrando los secretos que destruyeron su familia hace tantos años… y abriéndose a la posibilidad de redención y venganza, donde menos la esperan. Poderosa, conmovedora y profundamente cautivadora, llena de personajes indelebles y giros inolvidables. Novela maestra de una de las mejores escritoras de suspenso en la actualidad.
Publicado:
17 may 2016
ISBN:
9780718090685
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Sobre el autor

Karin Slaughter is the author of more than twenty instant New York Times bestselling novels, including the Edgar–nominated Cop Town and standalone novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. She is published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe. Pieces of Her is a Netflix original series starring Toni Collette, and False Witness, the Grant County, and Will Trent series are in development for television. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta.


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  • (5/5)
    When Julia Scott disappeared at nineteen years of age, the family was destroyed. Mum Helen, Dad Sam and sisters Lydia and Claire’s lives were changed the instant Julia didn’t return home. Sam never gave up looking for her and eventually commits suicide, Lydia became a drug addict, Helen divorced Sam and remarried, and Claire married a man who became a millionaire, who ended up not to be what she thought he was.

    Lydia’s life was a constant struggle to survive. As a single mother to seventeen year old Dee, an ex-criminal, Rick, as her partner and her own business to run, she was always tired and angry. Luckily, Dee wona scholarship to a prestigious school and was a great kid. Lydia never stopped missing Julia and being estranged from the family, Claire as well. When the news of a missing teenager blanketed the news, in fact, one that had gone to school with Dee, Lydia felt all the emotions come rushing back.

    Claire, married to a millionaire, she wanted for nothing. She also missed her sister, but did not seem to know that the reason for her acting out was because of this hole in her life. When Claire’s husband was murdered in front of her eyes, her heartbreak and devastating loss came crashing back around her. Claire’s nightmare became worse when she returned from the funeral to find her home had been broken into. As she began to follow up on some suspicions fed by police questioning, she is devastated by what she finds. Her first thought is to call Lydia for help.

    When the two sisters get together after so many years apart, the bond is still there, but the trust is not. They begin to work together to find answers to the questions that Claire has as well as to find out what really happened to Julia.

    Author Karin Slaughter has written an amazing stand alone novel, that can be pretty disturbing at times. It is filled with tension and terror, but it also shows the love of a family, and how that love can withstand many different things. Pretty Girls is a psychological thriller which is powerful and intense; the plot twists are fabulous and unexpected! I have no hesitation in recommending Pretty Girls extremely highly to all thriller lovers.

    Thanks to the Dead Good Crime Book Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.
  • (5/5)
    Such a dark evil story... but so well-written! Kudos to Ms. Slaughter.
  • (4/5)
    Wow, this book was a crazy ride. So much happens. Claire's husband, Paul, is murdered right in front of her. She soon starts finding out secrets about her husband that he has kept hidden for years. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she finds.

    This book has a crazy amount of WTF?! moments. Every new twist had me thinking how unbelievable everything was. At the same time, I was absolutely intrigued and did not want to stop reading. The story was amazing and so well written. I just loved it.

    There is some very graphic violence in this book. I was a little surprised by how graphic. Even with the violence, I really enjoyed this book.
  • (3/5)
    Warning: Karen Slaughter’s 2015 crime thriller Pretty Girls is not for readers who have weak stomachs or especially vivid imaginations. In fact, this one, with its graphic depictions of bondage and torture, makes the typical Stephen King horror novel read like something from the pen of Jane Austen. Two decades ago, three sisters, the eldest of them nineteen years old, were part of a close-knit Southern family. Julia was a college freshman living away from home for the first time in her life, and her younger sisters, Lydia and Claire, were still at home with their parents. The girls were growing up, and although their parents were not thrilled about that prospect, their future seemed to be a bright one. But everything changed on the night that Julia disappeared while making the short walk back to her dormitory room from a local bar. Julia was never found or heard from again, and her family came apart at the seams. Lydia and Claire barely acknowledge the existence of the other now and have not spoken for at least twenty years. It is like Julia’s abductor killed the whole family – because he did.Today, Lydia is a single parent raising a sixteen-year-old daughter of her own and dating the ex-con who lives next door. Claire, on the other hand, is married to a multi-millionaire architect and living the good life in Atlanta. Their worlds and their lives could not be more different. But worlds have a way of colliding, and theirs are about to do exactly that. It is only after Claire suffers a tragedy of her own that she discovers that the life she has been living for the last two decades has been nothing but an illusion. Everywhere she looks, she learns more of the shocking truth – and when the cops and the FBI start threatening her, Claire realizes she can trust no one with what she has learned; she is on her own. And then Lydia knocks on Claire’s front door and refuses to leave. This is the point in the book where squeamish readers may start second-guessing their desire to continue reading Pretty Girls. Claire soon discovers exactly what happened to her sister all those years ago, and that it also happened to a lot of other girls who looked a whole lot like Julia. What Julia suffered is disturbing on its face, but the graphic details of torture, bondage, and humiliation described by Slaughter bring Pretty Girls to a level of horror that few thrillers of this type even attempt – and this is a long book. Just be warned. While I can admire Slaughter’s writing and story-telling skills, I don’t feel right in saying that I “enjoyed” this one or that it “entertained” me. If it had not been an audiobook that I started while on a road trip, I’m not sure that I would have even finished it. But it was one hell of a ride, and I won’t soon forget it – hard as I may try.
  • (4/5)
    I struggled with this book in the beginning. The prologue, a “letter” written by an unnamed father, tells his child has disappeared. Her parents know that she was abducted, they suspect she is dead but there is no body. Then the letter stops. The next 3 characters are introduced by name and fully described, but I simply couldn’t see a connection between prologue and these characters. If Carol had not reviewed this book with a 4-star rating I would not have read any further. But I persevered and after the first third of the book, the connection between the characters became clear and then I was hooked.
  • (3/5)
    Being a cozy murder kind of reader, I didn't much care for the gore and torture in this book. It's one thing to create suspense - and Slaughter does this well - but to emphasize the torture is really not my cup of tea. The author is certainly good at her craft but this novel is just not one I will recommend.
  • (4/5)
    Holy crap this was a mind f**k. There were parts in this that totally turned my stomach but also parts where I was actually laughing out loud at the dialogue. Slaughter's descriptions has me envisioning every detail, even if I didn't want to. I listened to the audio version and Kathleen Early did a magnificent job. Not for the squeamish for sure but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • (3/5)
    This book was ok. Very very very disburbing... Oh did I say it was disturbing? It was. Also it was extremely long when it could've been shortened a lot to explain the story. It's about two sisters who are involved with a serial killer who maybe involved with the disappearance of their youngest sister. The only reason this got three stars was the twist I did not see coming. Otherwise... I wouldn't recommend it for anyone squeamish.
  • (5/5)
    This book kept me riveted from beginning to end. The storyline is absolutely engrossing, the characters interesting, and the narrative deeply disturbing. This is basically the worst nightmare scenario that you never even would have dreamed of needing to be worried about, but may well give you nightmares after reading. Not only is this a family that has already been through an unimaginable tragedy that tore them apart once before, but the unthinkable events only begin to multiply as time goes by and dark secrets are pushed into the open, leading to a series of new occurrences that are all the more chilling yet. Basically, if you've ever wanted to read an episode of Criminal Minds in book form, this is it.
  • (5/5)
    If you are a fan of Gillian Flynn books like Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects, then you will probably like this. It is a sick story, but a good story nonetheless.
  • (5/5)
    More than twenty years ago, Julia Carroll vanished without a trace. Her two younger sisters haven't spoken since. Claire is married to a millionaire and has no children. Lydia is a single mother, dating an ex-con and struggling to make ends meet. Although they couldn't be more different, they still carry the pain of losing their sister. The murder of Claire's husband brings Claire and Lydia together and after uncovering one horrifying secret after another they finally find the answers to questions they've had for over twenty years.

    This book was soo good! I was hooked from the very beginning. I stayed up very late because I couldn't stop reading. The writing was excellent. There was lots of suspense and twists and turns. I was shocked at some things. It's heartbreaking to think that these kinds of things happen all the time. I really enjoyed reading from their father's point of view. The only downside is that the book is very long with long chapters. I was becoming skeptical and slowly losing interest towards the end, but the author won me over again at the very end of the book with their father's voice. You could tell he loved and cared about his family, his voice was so full of warmth. Made me miss my dad :-(
  • (4/5)
    First Slaughter book and an enjoyable read. Not quite the typical crime/whodunit type of book - more told by and from the victims. The central characters are female, not exemplary and flawed, but (almost all) the men are certainly flawed and downright nasty to evil. While little gratuitous violence in the book what happens is grisly and unpleasant. The story flows nicely and is one of those it's easier to read on than put down.Recommended and I'll read others.
  • (4/5)
    PRETTY GIRLS is a disturbingly suspenseful novel about psychopaths and the magnitude they will go to fulfill their distorted desires. Parts of the book are pretty hard to read as it deals with the savage treatment of the women that are their victims. Julia has been missing for years, her sisters join forces and dig deep into the information gathered over the years. One sister, Claire, discovers her husband has been keeping secrets. Graphic, heartbreaking, informative. A book you'll want to read. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    Disclaimer: I received a free Advanced Reader's Edition from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Pretty Girls is a solid psychological thriller that is entertaining, thrilling, suspenseful, and well written.

    There are a few violent, gory, graphic parts that were difficult for me to read...but...I'm a wimp when it comes to blood & gore.

    The scenes portray & describe in detail the depths of evil that a violent sociopathic serial killer is capable of inflicting upon others. While uncomfortable to read, the descriptions greatly assist the reader with understanding the fear & pain experienced by the victims.

    The sections told from the girls' father's point of view are heartbreaking & are what earned this book a 4 star rating. The book ends with some final thoughts/hopes for his daughters that made me feel...which made me cry...and...any book that makes me feel enough to cry gets a 4 star rating...even if it's not a piece of great literature that will be remembered for all time.

    Some other positives:

    -Reliable narrators: I can't express how frustrated I get with psychological thrillers that have unreliable narrators. I think it takes more talent to write a psychological thriller that has a reliable narrator than it is to write one that has a narrator who is unreliable & whose story contains massive holes or black out periods due to the narrator being an alcoholic or an addict.

    Yes. I said it.

    I'm sick of authors taking the easy way out by using a passed out addict narrator as a way to leave the reader in the dark for half of the story. As a reader, I appreciate the talent that it takes to write a thriller & leave a trail of breadcrumbs for your readers to follow rather than filling the story with hours/days that are blacked out as a result of a narrator who can't remember anything due to periods of unconsciousness. Some may consider it clever...I, however, consider it to be lazy & find it reminiscent of listening to a frat boy in college try to tell me on a Monday morning what happened on Saturday night after he played 3 rounds of beer pong, did 6 keg stands & played "I Never" with shots of Jaegermeister.

    -The surprise plot twists were believable. Nothing really felt too far fetched.

    -The female characters aren't useless or stupid. They have brains & they use them to figure out what is going on & to protect themselves.
    I very much dislike psychological thrillers staring stupid female characters whom cause me to roll my eyes every time they behave foolishly or in a manner that I really don't think a female in danger would behave.

    As far as psychological thrillers go...this one is an enjoyable well written page turner.
  • (2/5)
    I would have rated this higher because I did find the plot engaging, but the graphic violence felt too detailed and had almost a gratuitous feel to it. It left me feeling a bit disturbed and I question whether it was necessary. I wouldn't recommend this book to those who are more sensitive to this type of thing.
  • (4/5)
    Julia Carroll disappeared in 1991 and never was heard from again. She is one of the 'Pretty Girls' referred to in the title, The other two? Julia's sisters - Lydia and Claire. Nearly 20 years after Julia's disappearance, Claire is happily married to Paul, a wealthy, successful architect who adores her. Lydia is a single mum who had a rough time with drug addiction, but now has a loving relationship with her neighbour - an ex-con. The sisters have been estranged for years after Lydia accuses Paul of rape and Claire decides to 'stand by her man'.Everything changes when Paul is murdered. Claire makes a number of extremely disturbing discoveries when she starts to put his affairs in order. What follows is a book full of suspense, twists and turns and horror. Claire and Lydia must decide to trust eachother - because it is impossible to know who else they can trust. Their lives spiral from one horrifying discovery to another.Throughout the book, there are chapters taken from their father's journal. Sam's grief and his love for his wife and daughters provide a welcome break from the horror of the graphic violence in this psychological thriller.
  • (3/5)
    This is the first book written by Karin Slaughter that I've read, and I have to admit that I was a bit underwhelmed. This is a story with occasional chapters from the point of view of Sam, a father grieving over the loss of his daughter Julia. The family dynamics are the best part of the book. Readers witness a tragedy and the implosion of a family, then watch as the two remaining sisters form an alliance to uncover the truth. But as good as the story of those family dynamics is, Pretty Girls suffers from "too much middle" that slowed down the book's pace and bogged down the story. Perhaps too much exposition is why I thought the bad guy was too over the top, and why I wasn't really surprised by any of the revelations. I can see how some readers would find this book too violent and misogynistic, but those elements really didn't bother me that much. What bothered me was knowing that a first-rate thriller was buried beneath way too many words.
  • (4/5)
    It's always nice to dip back into the writings of an author who demands your respect and grabs your attention from the first page. What Karin Slaughter is the master off is telling stories around small communities, the people that live therein and the cruel and often dysfunctional lives they lead. The central theme in Pretty Girls is do we really know or understand the family/husband/wife that we live with? Everyone it would appear has secrets that they strive to keep hidden and this is true of the lone family man stretching right up to the top decision makers in our community.Claire Scott's sister Julia went missing some 20 years ago and such a devastating incident ripped her family apart resulting in the suicide of her father Sam and the drug addicted hell of her other sister Lydia. Throughout all the years of this heartbreak Claire has always been able to rely on the solid unmoveable influence of her husband Paul. She is deeply in love with him, and he with her, as he controls and organises her life on a daily basis. One night tragedy strikes and Paul is brutally murdered when the happy couple are returning from a downtown Atlanta restaurant. What follows is an exploration and an undermining of all the values that we hold true as Claire attempts to discover why her husband was murdered. This will lead her on a journey into the heart of her family and when the shocking truth about her dead sister becomes clear she will question her very sanity as she begins to realize the truth was staring her in the face all the time.The pace and the characterization is of the highest standard. There is an edgy and macabre feeling of doom as the strands of the story unfold and a very satisfying conclusion and possibly the saddest final 5 pages I have ever read.
  • (5/5)
    This book left me shattered. Much like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train-It made me doubt the decency of humans.
  • (4/5)
    Has been awhile since a book sucked me in from the first sentence. This one did. It kept me guessing until the end. Was a fast read.
  • (5/5)
    Torturous, agonizing... and so damn good!For me, plots are important but characters are vital. So let's start there: Characters. The two narrators are estranged sisters who come back together in the worst imaginable circumstances. These are ordinary women but they are not ordinary characters. They are damaged and strong and funny and flawed. They are not created simply to move the story forward. Their personalities bring multiple dimensions to the story, showing us the family dynamics and all that went into who they became. Now let's talk about the plot. I have a simple word for that: Riveting. We start out with a slow boil, and the tension builds, the pace increases, all leading us to an intense, shattering conclusion. The last quarter of the book almost killed me. I kept putting it down because I couldn't take it, then I'd pick it back up because I couldn't wait. I saw it playing out, felt it under my skin. This is not a book for squeamish readers. The details left me needing sunlight and dog hugs. The author brings us right to the brink with the characters. The experience is both shattering and profound.If you haven't read anything by Karin Slaughter, read this one. Then read everything else she's written.
  • (4/5)
    I have to agree with some other reviewers that there is a lot of graphic violence against women in this book. I thought very often the author got way too wordy, which slows down the plot considerably for me. What I liked a lot was the relationship between the sisters and thought the book could have done a lot more to build up their first encounter. Another complaint was that the plot was unbelievable. To an extent, yes, that's true. I think the story would have been much more convincing had the plot been local, not global. Overall, though, pretty good suspense read, but not for the faint of heart.
  • (5/5)
    What a great read! This one kept me on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire book. There is plenty of suspense and subterfuge going on, and people are not what they seem. This one would make a crazy good movie! The only warning is that there is quite a bit of explicit violence that might disturb some readers (Think almost Hannibal Lector level without the cannibalism). Other than that, this one gets two thumbs up from me.
  • (5/5)
    'Pretty Girls' is a gripping thriller that centres around missing girls. As a young girl goes missing, the sisters of a girl who disappeared many years before begin to unravel a chilling mystery.I was very quickly pulled into this story and could not put it down until I read the whole thing from start to finish. The characters were complex and the way the story unravelled was intense and satisfying. I started out not liking one of the two main characters very much, but my sympathy for her grew as the reasons for her behaviour became more obvious. Some parts of the story really took me by surprise, and I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole way through!Overall this is another excellent, edge-of-seat read from an author who knows how to build up nerve-shredding tension levels and create complex plots and characters. I would highly recommend this novel to fans of thrillers.Note: I received an advanced copy of this novel from Netgalley and the publisher in return for my honest review.
  • (4/5)
    Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Edelweiss/Audible)Overall Rating: 3.50Story Rating: 3.75Character Rating: 3.25Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)Read It, Rate It Thoughts: Pretty Girls wasn't my favorite Karin Slaughter story but it was still a good twisty read! I think what was missing for me was a connection to the characters. The actual case (for lack of a better word) had all the things I expect from Karin: swerves, misdirection, and moments that you go "Oh MY!". Not caring for the characters though I just didn't care if they made it through. That kind of lessened those moments of suspense. I had the same problem with Gone Girl's last 1/3 too so please take that into consideration while reading my review. I do believe this is a beyond worthy read and fans of Karin's will enjoy it.Audio Thoughts:Narrated by: Kathleen Early/Length: 19 hrs and 59 minsI really enjoy Kathleen's narration in almost everything that she does. She nails pacing and characterization. In fact, I think she made me like the characters more than if I had just read it. She really brought them to life.Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews
  • (2/5)
    Too graphic. So many horrible images that I didn't want to finish it.
  • (4/5)
    A very graphic but very well written suspense thriller.
  • (4/5)
    Be forewarned as you pick this up...it's NOT like Ms. Slaughter's popular series. If I had to compare it with something she's done, it would be "Cop Town". Both books are exceptionally well written but deal with dark & at times disturbing subject matter. This is a book about grief, love & forgiveness. And how you can never really know someone. Claire Scott & Lydia Delgado are sisters who haven't spoken in almost 20 years. In 1991, their older sister Julia disappeared. In the years that followed both girls & their parents coped as best they could but eventually the family fell apart. Helen, the mother, moved on & tried to keep up some semblance of a life. Sam never got over losing his firstborn & spent years looking under every rock for possible clues. Although Claire & Lydia live fairly close to each other, they move in entirely different social circles. The only thing they have in common is following news reports when a local teenage girl goes missing. I got the book & saw it was over 500 pages so decided to make a dent that evening before bed. When I next looked up I was 300+ pages in. You're immediately drawn into the lives of these women, trying to figure out how several separate story lines are connected. Alternate chapters feature an anonymous narrator speaking to someone they clearly love & it's like reading entries from a private journal. Pretty soon several pivotal events occur that bring Claire & Lydia together, almost against their will.From that point, the story hits warp speed as horrible truths are revealed. And they're not for the faint hearted. The sisters (and readers) are left reeling as one secret after another comes tumbling into the light. To add to the suspense, there are several characters that become involved in the aftermath & you can't shake the feeling at least one of them is not who they seem to be. Claire & Lydia have to decide who to trust, knowing a misstep could be fatal. It's a testament to the author's skill that all are credible candidates for "bad guy".The journal entries continue between chapters set in the present. They are sad, funny & poignant as the narrator tells their story. You may be tempted to skim these at times to get back to the action but stick with them. There's a huge revelation coming that impacts the ending & helps you understand what actually happened. Peripheral characters include family members, cops from several agencies & catty soccer moms. But it's really the Claire & Lydia show. They're complex women who are far from perfect. With Claire in particular, I wavered from feeling deep empathy to being disgusted by some of her choices. That's what makes them believable. Like the rest of us they make mistakes & have to live with the consequences. From page 298 (when my jaw hit the floor) it's a full on thriller with a twist around every corner. With so many characters trying to further their own agendas, you have no idea who to believe until the final few chapters. There may be parts that leave you feeling a bit squeably but it's a true page turner & the kind of book you'll resent having to put down for any reason. Highly recommend.My thanks to Penguin Random House/Century for providing a proof from one of my favourite authors.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book, could not put it down. Definitely not for the faint of heart. I need to read all of Karen Slaughter's books!
  • (4/5)
    Karin Slaughter is a seasoned author of taut suspense and she certainly knows how to weave a wicked little tale. This one though was a real mind bender. It's been over twenty years since Lydia and Claire's older sister, Julia, disappeared. Their lives took drastically different directions at that point, as Lydia falls into drug abuse and addiction, and Claire quietly disappears into the safe environment her genius husband, Paul, has created for her. Claire and Lydia have been estranged for all these years, but when Paul is killed, the two sisters cautiously reconnect as they begin to uncover a mountain of lies, sins, crimes, and depravity, no one would ever have guessed at, and at the very heart of the matter, is the drive to discover what really happened to their sister all those years ago. Once I started this book I was immediately sucked into it, and found it deeply absorbing. The book is longer than the usual three hundred and fifty page lengths I have grown used to, and while there is a vast amount of information to digest and weed through, there were times the story got bogged down a little and the momentum suffered as a result. A few times I questioned some of the information and found it pushed the boundaries of plausibility, but overall, the plot was tightly woven, clever, and very tense. The characters were well drawn and the baddies are particularly chilling. Although the story is basically centered around Claire, I didn't know what to think of her sometimes. Her character does grow in leaps and bounds and she discovers a strength within her she never knew she had. However, Lydia was inspirational, a character I liked instantly. She steals the show in many ways with her sharp mouth, her bravery and ability to forgive, which in the beginning was something she struggles with. This book is not for the faint of heart as the subject matter is very dark, the violence is graphic, and the imagery is quite disturbing. It is also a very emotional and heartbreaking story, as we see the toll the crimes have taken on the families. By the time I got the end, I felt like I had just finished a marathon or participated in the triathlon. This book gives your brain, your body and soul a thorough workout, but like Claire, Helen, and Lydia, I was left with a sense of peace, a feeling these strong women will survive their ordeal, and will pass that fortitude onto the next generation, making those who didn't live to see justice done, very proud indeed. 4 stars