The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
Also by this author: Pretty Girls
Published by Random House on July 14th 2016
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers
The latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestselling author, Karin Slaughter.A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It’s the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim – a woman – has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city’s biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete – a local hero protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.But for Will – and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI’s newest medical examiner – the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will’s troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.But Sara’s scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out . . .
The first book I ever read by author, Karin Slaughter was Pretty Girls in 2015, and as soon as I finished the book I knew right then that anything else written by Karin Slaughter would be on my “must read” list. Luckily, as part of the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge (#FRC2016), the first book up for me to read was another Karin Slaughter book! YAY!! This book, The Kept Woman, did not fail to keep this author on my “must read” list.
So just like last year, this year’s books for the Fall Reading Challenge fall under different “courses” and “departments”. The course title for this book is Forensic Sciences and the department is Psychological Thriller…..and they aren’t kidding either!
Even though I’m a little late jumping on the Karin Slaughter bus, I wasn’t lost while reading The Kept Woman even though it was book #8 in the “Will Trent” series. I’m betting that I missed a lot of the back story, but if I didn’t know it was book #8, I felt that the book could serve as a “stand alone” book. (Not saying I can’t wait to go back and read books #1 through #7 in the series!)
The focus of this story is on Will Trent and and his wife, Angie and the issues that come up between Angie and Will’s girlfriend, Sara. The past is all tied together with the current case that the department is currently working on. Will and Sara are investigating a crime scene in an Atlanta warehouse involving the body of an ex-cop. There are footprints actually leading away from the crime scene that reveal another victim who has vanished.
To make matters more interesting, the warehouse has connections to a “high profile” athlete – a local hero- who of course has the world’s most expensive attorney protecting him. Will has also spent the last six months investigating this same athlete for the brutal rape of a woman.
I really liked that the second half of the book was told from Will’s wife, Angie’s perspective. She appears to be involved but how much and why. As most people know, I do not write spoilers, so this one is pretty hard to write about without giving something away.
I felt like the author really took her time shaping each character and developing them for the readers so that we could really feel like we knew them. I also loved the way the plot was written, slow and steady, with a perfect “unfolding”. I felt like there wasn’t a chapter in this book that didn’t have my emotions running all over the place too, which kept me turning page after page to learn more.
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls.
A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series, and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television.
Visit her at http://www.karinslaughter.com
I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book from the publishers and BookSparks in exchange for this post, which is my honest review and unbiased opinion.