Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

by Karin Slaughter

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A beautiful young girl was walking down the street―when suddenly…

Julia Carroll knows that too many stories start that way. Beautiful, intelligent, a nineteen-year-old college freshman, she should be carefree. But instead she is frightened. Because girls are disappearing.

A fellow student, Beatrice Oliver, is missing. A homeless woman called Mona-No-Name is missing. Both taken off the street. Both gone without a trace.

Julia is determined to find out the reasons behind their disappearances. And she doesn't want to be next…

Michael Connelly calls Karin Slaughter "unrivaled among thriller writers." This gripping, unforgettable short story proves why. And be sure to order Karin's new novel, Pretty Girls, on sale September 29, 2015.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062442819
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 31,949
File size: 527 KB

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. 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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Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A teaser with no conclusion. I should have saved my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect prequel to Karin Slaughter's next Bestseller, Pretty Girls, that will come out September 2015-just a few weeks away! This short ebook does everything a good prequel is supposed to do! It sets it up for the next novel. This leaves you wanting more-it makes you Preorder the novel Pretty Girls which I just did! I don't mind spending the $1.99 for this short ebook. It was worth way more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should have been a blog post. What a waste of mt time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, who really wrote this? Even for a short story this is not up to Karin Slaughter's standard of excellence. Don't waste your time or $$. I have read everything this very talented author has written and this is terrible. Can't recommend at all!!!
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Just found out that this book is a teaser. No ending. You need to buy the follow-up. No thanks!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes is a prequel to her novel Pretty Girls. A young woman goes missing in the college town of Athens, Georgia, and her description reminds Julia Carroll of herself: Nineteen, beautiful, blonde hair, blue eyes. Julia gradually becomes obsessed with the case and gets permission to write about it for her college paper. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes is not as suspenseful or mysterious as most of this author's books have been.. but it is still a really good read. Karin Slaughter knows how to write and she drew me in from the very first line.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes is a short-story prequel to Karin Slaughter's September 2015 novel Pretty Girls. It is a brief look at Julia's life before she went missing. In my opinion, I don't feel that it is necessary for readers of Pretty Girls to read this but it provided interesting insight into local crime at the time, Julia's character, some family dynamics, and of course her abduction. I read Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes after reading Pretty Girls and it did feel more haunting than I think it would have vice versa. Regardless, it does bring awareness to the many young people who go missing every year. Like Julia, they have a last event, a last conversation, a last thought, a last everything before being taken. Truly horrific. Statistics provided by Karin Slaughter: In America in 2013, a woman was raped every 6.6 minutes. An estimated 80% of all rapes go unreported. Get help if you or someone you know has been assaulted. You are not alone!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
The Novella Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes gives a great backstory to Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. It follows Julia Carroll, a budding journalist, as she tries to deal with the disappearances of girls in her area. But why is she so anxious about these disappearances? Julia feels that she and the missing girls have similarities. Primarily, the fact that they were young and beautiful. Constantly checking around the corner, being wary of shadows, and footsteps/sounds behind her as she’s walking down the street. So anxious, in fact, that she’s cautioning her friends and replaying the moments leading up to the other girls’ disappearances…questioning what they could have done differently to prevent it from happening. But all the “what ifs” and the “should haves” can’t prepare her for what happens. Especially when she, herself, doesn’t listen to the warnings she’s been preaching. Blonde Hari, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter was a quick read that had me wondering when the inevitable would happen to main character, Julia Carroll. The author does a great job of making a situation sound sketchy and that something will happen to Julia, but then *poof* nothing! Just a reader being paranoid for the character…nothing else to see here people, move along… Although I’m really looking forward to reading Pretty Girls which focuses on Julia’s younger sisters as they deal with Julia’s disappearance all those years ago, I had a difficult time liking Julia. Her extreme anxiousness annoyed me, and the fact that she talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk was what killed it for me. None the less, if you’re planning to read Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, I would recommend reading Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes before. I always enjoy a good back story, and this one already has me trying to sleuth who did it!
dutcheja More than 1 year ago
This was really good but you need to read Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes before you read Pretty Girls. It is a prequel. I read these in the wrong order and while this book is fantastic it would have been even better if I had read them in the right order.
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acorley84 More than 1 year ago
AMAZING...MEZMERIZING...THRILLING...MUST-READ...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? For a short story/novella, this title has it all! It was captivating...mesmerizing...engaging...thrilling!! Do you get the point? And all of that happens in less than three hours of listening! You can't get any more amazing than that! I think that novella's are a special breed of writing, and some writes have the niche for it, and other's don't...some writers write them to perfection, other are a colossal failure! Karin Slaughter's Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes definitely falls under the perfection category! This was my first title by this author, and I honestly don't think that I could have selected a better first, at least for wanting to continue reading works by this author! I've been wanting to check out her work for a few years now, it just seems that I can never get around to it! You all know how those ridiculously long TBR piles are!! I am super stoked to say that I have read a Karin Slaughter book, and I most definitely can guarantee you that I will read many more titles to come! Kathleen Early is totally on point as a narrator of this story, but then again, I haven't found a title that I've listened to of hers that she hasn't met the criteria of perfections! She is totally awesome at changing her voice to suit other characters, especially children, and leaves me mystified at her greatness! Awesome choice in narrators! Overall, you can't go wrong with reading Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes! I mean, seriously, what other title can you have finished in one setting, and put the book down feeling totally fulfilled and satisfied as if you just read a full-scale novel? Right here...that's where!
BooksChatter More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars - I liked it a lot "Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes" by Karin Slaughter is a prequel to the author's latest full length, stand-alone novel, Pretty Girls, which was published in July 2015. This novelette can be read stand-alone, however it will be best appreciated in conjunction with Pretty Girls (no required reading order). The third person narration follows Julia Carroll during one day in her life: Monday, March 4, 1991. We get a detailed and deeply insightful glimpse into Julia's life and innermost thoughts: her insecurities, her relationships, her family. This way we are introduced to Julia's two younger sisters, Pepper (i.e. Lydia) and Sweetpea (i.e. Claire), who feature in "Pretty Girls". If you are looking for a who-dunnit story, this isn't the one. "Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes" is a very suspenseful and engaging tale where tension builds to the main, and more than somewhat predictable, event on the very last page, in the same way an old ghost tale would. Karin Slaughter's writing style is the real strength of this piece; it grabs you and keeps you hungrily turning pages to the very end and then leaves you wanting more. Fortunately, this volume contains the prologue and the first chapter from "Pretty Girls", which picks up straight from where "Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes" finished. Unfortunately, the story has such a strong, action-filled beginning that I was left with the compulsion to immediately get my hands on it! Undoubtedly a quick, worthwhile read. [ARC received via Edelweiss]
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ThrilList More than 1 year ago
BLONDE HAIR BLUE EYES is not to be missed! An absolutely gripping and frightening story. I just want to reach into the pages and save Julia. Never again will I drink a moscow mule, or take a drink from a stranger. Slaughter is at the absolute top of her game here, and this story left me salivating for the new novel (even though I was secretly wishing for a new Will Trent).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing, gripping, tragic story...the PERFECT lead-in to her upcoming novel Pretty Girls. This sets the stage for her upcoming book, and had my mouth watering for what will be inside of Pretty Girls. I believe that Pretty Girls comes out on the 29th. Please drop everything you're doing now and read won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But unsetting end.