Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Short & Sweet Review: Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter

Title: Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes
Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: August 2015, Cornerstone Digital
Format: E-Copy,  115 pages
Source: Library
A missing girl in the news reminds Julia Carroll of herself: nineteen, beautiful, blonde hair, blue eyes.

Julia begins to dig deeper and plans an article for her college paper. She becomes gradually more obsessed with the case, never imagining how close she herself is to danger.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: This is the prequel to Karin Slaughter's stand-alone book, Pretty Girls, which I ended up reading after I listened to the book. It gives a brief look at Julia's life before she goes missing. It also introduces us, albeit briefly, to Julia's family dynamics. 

There have been quite a few girls that have gone missing in their town and Julia is starting to question it. She writes for the college newspaper and wants to do a feature on it. She begins to notice that all these missing women have similar traits to her...blonde hair and blue eyes.

It is necessary to read this before, or in my case after, reading Pretty Girls? No...but it's a nice companion piece. It gives some back story to what was going on in the area around the time of Julia's disappearance. Had I known about it prior to starting PG, I would have read it first, but that wasn't the case. Still, it was a decent story and added a little extra to round out an already good story.

Do you read the companion piece/prequels?  If you do, do you find they add to the full-length novel or to be a waste of time?



  1. Kristin, I've only read a handful (or less) of prequels. If well written, they add to my reading enjoyment.

  2. Ive read all of Slaughter's books except her SS and novellas. I truthfully don't read those even for my fave authors. But I read Pretty Girls earlier this year and was a bit disturbed by the subject matter and descriptiveness. This one might explain more about the MC background story, so I am intrigued-- thanks.

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