The Last Widow (Will Trent, #9)
New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see comingA mysterious kidnappingOn a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. Vanished into thin air, the authorities are desperate to save the doctor. A devastating explosionOne month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhood’s has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.A diabolical enemyMedical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.

The Last Widow (Will Trent, #9) Details

TitleThe Last Widow (Will Trent, #9)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 20th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062858085
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Crime, Mystery Thriller

The Last Widow (Will Trent, #9) Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Anyone who is shocked by the nightmare rise of the far right Alt-right and their Nazi ideology should read this well researched addition to the Will Trenton series with Dr Sara Linton, both members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) by Karin Slaughter. Slaughter pokes beneath the surface to examine the rise of this contemporary phenomena with the authentic creation of the kind of unhinged characters, mainly men, that are part of this unsavoury movement, their arrogance, their need to Anyone who is shocked by the nightmare rise of the far right Alt-right and their Nazi ideology should read this well researched addition to the Will Trenton series with Dr Sara Linton, both members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) by Karin Slaughter. Slaughter pokes beneath the surface to examine the rise of this contemporary phenomena with the authentic creation of the kind of unhinged characters, mainly men, that are part of this unsavoury movement, their arrogance, their need to control women, and the depth of their racism and antisemitism. The survivalist and cultish nature of many such groups attracts young lost, naive young men in search of male role models in their lives, attracted by the glamour of military men, and fighting a cause akin to their very own holy war. The author hones in on critical issues such as the large number of disaffected ex-army men returning from war, the scapegoating of immigrants, the private militias, and the political climate that underpins the growth and legitimisation of the far right. Despite me wanting this story of white supremacist domestic terrorism to have no basis in reality, unfortunately Slaughter's chilling scenarios do not feel that far fetched at all, given what has been happening in our real world.Michelle Spivey is shopping with her 11 year old daughter, Ashley, when she is abducted. Spivey is a vital scientist working at the Centre for Disease Control, and the authorities are struggling to find her and no-one knows why she has been taken. Will and Medical Examiner Sara are virtually living together, although Sara's mother, Cathy, is having problems accepting Will as part of their family. Whilst they are spending time with Sarah's family, bombs go off at critically important sites in Georgia, including the hospitals, leaving many dead and injured. Will and Sara head towards the scene, only to find themselves held up at a apparent traffic accident scenario that feels off, which culminates in Sara's abduction and Will being injured. A devastated and traumatised Will is helped by his close friends and colleagues, Amanda Wagner and Faith Mitchell, collaborating with the FBI to locate Sara and Michelle. Will goes undercover, as he and the GBI race against time to try and prevent a unknown far right domestic terrorist plot indicated in the chatter picked up by the intelligence agencies. This is a violent and brutal read, including the horrors of paedophilia, rape, child murders and biological warfare, but none of these factors felt out of place in this compulsive and riveting story. For me, there was only a minor issue in the novel that jarred, and that was the retelling of same scenes from the viewpoints of Will and Sara that served little purpose, but this did not really mar my reading experience. Slaughter could not have written a more relevant and informative novel on the unspeakable nightmare that is the rise of Alt-Right groups in the US and elsewhere. She demonstrates her understanding of the kind of people that run these groups, the militias, the involvement of ex-army men, and the huge numbers that are attracted to such groups and their despicable ideology. A brilliant, if desperately disturbing read, that I highly recommend. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll begin by offering a bit of advice. Don’t open this with the idea of just getting a few chapters under your belt. Prepare. Find a quiet spot, break out the emergency reading kit (snacks, beverages, blankie, heart rate monitor, etc.) & get comfortable. Because this author doesn’t so much gently lead you into the story as throw you off a speeding train. In the ebook version we have our first kidnapping at 2%. Then she gives you a bit of a break, holding off til 8% for the second one. At th I’ll begin by offering a bit of advice. Don’t open this with the idea of just getting a few chapters under your belt. Prepare. Find a quiet spot, break out the emergency reading kit (snacks, beverages, blankie, heart rate monitor, etc.) & get comfortable. Because this author doesn’t so much gently lead you into the story as throw you off a speeding train. In the ebook version we have our first kidnapping at 2%. Then she gives you a bit of a break, holding off til 8% for the second one. At this point you might start digging around for a seatbelt. Dr. Michelle Spivey was enjoying an outing with her daughter. When a van suddenly pulls up beside them, her first thought is for her little girl. She needn’t have worried. It’s Michelle they want. One month later, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent & his girlfriend Dr. Sara Linton are spending time with her family when they hear 2 explosions. It’s coming from the Emory Campus & as they attempt to get to the scene, they’re waylaid by a road accident. In the blink of an eye Will is badly beaten & Sara is gone (tip: good time for snack/drink/heart rate check #1).What follows is a gripping story told by 2 main narrators. In Will’s chapters we follow him & various levels of law enforcement as they try to find Sara & figure out what the hell is going on. His boss Amanda is as cagey & acerbic as ever as she directs the search while sparring with the FBI. Colleague Faith is in the thick of it, running down leads & providing some much needed comic relief. In alternate chapters, we’re with Sara. Here we learn exactly what a secretive group are up to & why she & Michelle were selected. What they endure, witness & hear makes for a disturbing read at times but one that keeps you glued to the pages. Ms. Slaughter has a tendency to punt you out of your comfort zone but for me, the most unsettling parts were those that reflected the sad truths of real current events. The premise is frighteningly plausible & clearly she’s done her homework.There is some minor repetition of scenes that seemed unnecessary but that’s nitpicking. Initially you’re swept up by the pace & need to know how all these players fit in. Then there’s a dawning sense of dread as it becomes clear what the bad guys’ agenda is. To the squillion or so Will Trent fans out there, you can rejoice. It’s been a long wait for this instalment & it doesn’t disappoint. Although it can be enjoyed as a stand alone, there is a boat load of history among these characters that adds depth to the present situation & it was a pleasure to catch up with them. The ending leaves the door open for a book #10 & we can only hope it won’t be a long wait. Maybe use the time to deep breathe & replenish your reading kit.
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    Before you start this the latest book in the Will Trent series, make sure you have enough time to finish it. You will not want to put it down. Karin Slaughter is a master (or should that be mistress), when it comes to storytelling. She somehow moves the story on at such a pace, but at the same time builds up the tension. I don’t think there were any extraneous words in this. Every one of them was needed.Her books can sometimes be criticised for including too much violence and not particularly, p Before you start this the latest book in the Will Trent series, make sure you have enough time to finish it. You will not want to put it down. Karin Slaughter is a master (or should that be mistress), when it comes to storytelling. She somehow moves the story on at such a pace, but at the same time builds up the tension. I don’t think there were any extraneous words in this. Every one of them was needed.Her books can sometimes be criticised for including too much violence and not particularly, politically correct. Personally I feel that is quite refreshing in the current climate when a small minority complain about any deviation from what is considered the social norm. This story certainly deviates from the social norm. It is based around a white supremacist group that will stop at nothing to eradicate non-whites, including, child murders, paedophilia, rape and biological warfare, but as distressing as these topics are, they didn’t feel out of place in this compulsive and engaging story. Sara and Will feel like friends this far into the series, yet their characters continue to develop and evolve, along with the usual other characters from the series. A very emotive ending. Cannot wait for the next in the series.Overall this is a fantastic book that has obviously been extremely well researched, developed and adapted to fit scenarios that worryingly do not feel impossible, with all that is going on in the real world. A strong contender for my book of the year, at least. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    446 pages.. has anyone noticed how inaccurate the page count is on Goodreads? This book is a fantastic read! The views are unlike any other reads I have experienced. Three views are told in parallel and at the same time. I don't have to wonder what the other person is doing or thinking because it will be explained when I read that person's view. It's like a 360 degrees birds view. I love the intensity of the situation when Will and Sara are surrounded by the possibility of many bad guys with gun 446 pages.. has anyone noticed how inaccurate the page count is on Goodreads? This book is a fantastic read! The views are unlike any other reads I have experienced. Three views are told in parallel and at the same time. I don't have to wonder what the other person is doing or thinking because it will be explained when I read that person's view. It's like a 360 degrees birds view. I love the intensity of the situation when Will and Sara are surrounded by the possibility of many bad guys with guns! Definitely at the edge of my seat reading this book!! I love that all three main characters are likable and have such interesting personalities. I like the references to real life drama such as iPhone, pedophilia, white supremacists, etc. I'm completely tuned into this story and I couldn't put it down.
This book started out with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Michelle, scientist. She is out shopping with her 11 year old daughter and worrying about losing her to pedophiles, kidnappers, and boys when a van pulled up and instead of taking her daughter, they took her. The story then begins with Sara, Pediatrician/Medical Examiner, as she visits her mom Cathy and aunt Bella. They are talking her into settling down with her boyfriend Will. Sara is aware of Michelle's abduction, though it has been a month and she hasn't been found or rescued. The second view is Will Trent, Special Agent/Detective. He's volunteered to help mow the grass for Sara's aunt. The third view is Faith, Will's partner. She's currently in downtown attending an important meeting about the notorious bank robber Novak. They all heard two explosions coming in the direction of Emory University. When Will and Sara raced to the crime scene, they were held up in an auto accident surrounded by armed and dangerous men. Sara then becomes the hostage in her own car while Will ended up injured on the street. The hunt begins now for Sara and Michelle.
The Last Widow is beautifully written and a fast paced read. The author sure has a way with words. I love how well she play with her words to make it sounds funny, cool, and beautifully executed. I couldn't help re-reading many of my favorite lines in this book: "Sara had actually heard the squeaking groan of his testicles retracting into his body. It had taken a hell of a lot of suction to get them back out again." And "At this rate, the only way she was going to get laid was to crawl up a chicken's ass and wait." And being cramped in a helicopter is like being trapped in an overloaded washing machine! This book is my first read from this author and I am forever grateful to William Morrow's Publicist for inviting and introducing this author to me because now I just want to binge read all of her past books! The ending is excellent and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!Pro: fast paced, page turner, hostage, close calls, intense, couldn't put down, at edge of my seat, adrenaline rush, smart characters, mimics reality
Con: none
I rate it 5 stars!***Disclaimer: Many thanks to William Morrows Paperback for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.
xoxo,
Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    The Hype IS Real!!! This was my very first Karin Slaughter and I have to say... I get it! Dark, disturbing, and oh so delicious! This is the ninth book in the Will Trent series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a standalone. I'd definitely go back and read the previous books I'd like to learn the history between these characters especially Will and Amanda (his boss/pseudo-mother). Will was quirky and likable, I'd love to witness how his character has evolved through the course of the series. The b The Hype IS Real!!!

 This was my very first Karin Slaughter and I have to say... I get it! Dark, disturbing, and oh so delicious! This is the ninth book in the Will Trent series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a standalone. I'd definitely go back and read the previous books I'd like to learn the history between these characters especially Will and Amanda (his boss/pseudo-mother). Will was quirky and likable, I'd love to witness how his character has evolved through the course of the series.

 The book starts with a BANG! Dr. Michelle Spivey a scientist at the CDC is abducted from a Walmart parkinglot. The book then jumps forward a month, will and his girlfriend Sarah(Who is also a medical examiner) are at her parents house when they hear an explosion. The explosion appears to have happened at Emory university home of the CDC and several hospitals. Will and Sarah immediately start heading to the bomb sight knowing they will be needed, but they never get there. There is a car accident, a gun fight, and then another kidnapping. Chaos ensues ...we are then caught up in the dark world of white supremacy, terrorism, rape, and pedophilia. Most of this was so timely, so real, it made the book all that more frightening. The book jumps around between the perspectives of Will, Sarah, and Will's partner Faith. This was extremely impactful because we were always privy as to what was going on, there were even a few times we got the same scene from both Will and Sarah's perspectives. This book was action packed edge of your seat thrilling from first page to last. Never a doll moment! Karin Slaughter has a new fan right here! 

This book in three emoji's: 💣 🔪 👩🏼‍🔬 
*** Big thanks to William Morrow for my copy of this book ***
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    This is the kind of book that will increase your heart beat and if the world was ending, you might notice it, but you will keep reading because you will want to know how the book ends! Having said that, this book might not appeal to faint-hearted as it gets dark and gory in places.The Last Widow is #9 in Will Trent series but my first one and it felt absolutely fine to read it as a standalone. The Last Widow is action-packed and it made me feel as if I was seeing the scenes rather than just read This is the kind of book that will increase your heart beat and if the world was ending, you might notice it, but you will keep reading because you will want to know how the book ends! Having said that, this book might not appeal to faint-hearted as it gets dark and gory in places.The Last Widow is #9 in Will Trent series but my first one and it felt absolutely fine to read it as a standalone. The Last Widow is action-packed and it made me feel as if I was seeing the scenes rather than just reading them. I won't go into the plot details but will just say that the plot is clever and gripping, the characters are well developed on both fronts - good guys are likeable and the bad guys are so twisted and sick that you just want them dead asap.My first Karin Slaughter book and I am hooked! 😍Many thanks to HarperCollins UK for an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. 
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  • Tarrah Marie
    January 1, 1970
    WILL TRENT IS BACK!!! ((deep breath))
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Widow is one of my most anticipated books of 2019. After reading it, I can say it's a powerful, relevant story that I won't soon forget. Slaughter clearly spent a great deal of time researching social and political issues of our time as well as the radical, militia style groups that emerge, along with the idealistic views of people who tend to join them. The author captures the atmosphere and essence of a cult group practicing segregation as they believe it their duty and right to do wh The Last Widow is one of my most anticipated books of 2019. After reading it, I can say it's a powerful, relevant story that I won't soon forget. Slaughter clearly spent a great deal of time researching social and political issues of our time as well as the radical, militia style groups that emerge, along with the idealistic views of people who tend to join them. The author captures the atmosphere and essence of a cult group practicing segregation as they believe it their duty and right to do whatever it takes to keep their bloodlines pure. This is the type group that is at the center of the story in The Last Widow.First let me say, The Last Widow is part of a fantastic series, but this author includes everything you need to read and enjoy this book as a standalone. However, the character and character relationship development are huge in this series so I highly recommend you read them in order. The setup is clear from the blurb so I'll only touch briefly on it. A month after a scientist working for the Center of Disease Control is kidnapped, Sara and Will are spending an afternoon with her family. Some of these early "domestic" scenes play out through both Will and Sara's eyes which fascinated me as it clearly demonstrates how they still have different views and manners of coping with their developing relationship. Well done, KS! When their afternoon is interrupted by explosions in a nearby city, Sara and Will race toward the scene to assist, running straight into a situation that results in Will being badly injured and Sara being kidnapped by a group of radical domestic terrorists. In a race against time, Will works with his partner Faith Mitchell and other law enforcement led by Amanda Wagner to find and infiltrate the group to free Sara and save society.The Last Widow is intense, graphic, and rich in detail as can be expected from this author. It emphasizes the practice and horrors of pedophilia, the superiority of males over females, senseless murder, and biological warfare as well as the dangerous atmosphere that breeds militia-style cults. The suspense builds at a frantic pace as the story unfolds from two narrators - Will and Sara. Through Will's eyes, the focus is on the efforts of law enforcement to find the cult, the dangers of going undercover, and his panicked frame of mind which includes major guilt over what he perceives as his failure to keep Sara safe. There are interactions with Will and Sara's mother/family during this time that are priceless gems for readers of the series. Fantastic, telling scenes! Through Sara's eyes, readers view life within the terrorist camp, and it's there that the depravity of their leader and horror of their plan become apparent. Slaughter's ability to manipulate characters through a highly visual, atmospheric setting is key to the rising, menacing tone throughout. Her mastery of plot, character, and character relationship development is brilliant, as always, as she pulls every single thread together by the end. The Last Widow is a taut, fast-paced, graphic thriller with a timely message that people everywhere should heed. And by the way, I read the last page several times over before closing the book with a smile on my face. Great setup for the next book in one of my favorite series ever! May our wait be short! For suspense and thriller fans, this is one you don't want to miss.*With special thanks to the publisher for an arc of this book!**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Bkwmlee
    January 1, 1970
    I normally don’t like to jump into a series in the middle without having read all of the previous books, as I’m pretty big on character development and the concern is always that I won’t be able to relate much to the characters due to missing out on so much of their backstory. Given this concern, I was a bit apprehensive at first when I received an ARC of Karin Slaughter’s latest thriller The Last Widow , which is actually book 9 in the Will Trent series and also features characters from the pr I normally don’t like to jump into a series in the middle without having read all of the previous books, as I’m pretty big on character development and the concern is always that I won’t be able to relate much to the characters due to missing out on so much of their backstory. Given this concern, I was a bit apprehensive at first when I received an ARC of Karin Slaughter’s latest thriller The Last Widow , which is actually book 9 in the Will Trent series and also features characters from the previous Grant County series, neither of which I have read before. On top of that, I’ve also never read this author before, despite the fact that she is one of the most popular writers in the mystery/thriller genre and I’ve had several of her books on my TBR list for a while. My original intention was to start from the beginning of the series and read my way through to the current one so I could familiarize myself with the characters’ backstories, but of course with the time crunch I was under, that didn’t end up happening, so I made the last-minute decision to jump right into this one and hope for the best. Well, it turns out I needn’t have worried, as the character and relationship development in this particular installment were excellent – Slaughter included enough details from the main characters Will Trent and Sara Linton’s backstories that I was able to read this as a standalone without feeling confused or that something was missing. More than that though, I actually became enamored with both characters and liked them to the point that, by the end of the book, I really wanted to read all the previous installments in this series so I could see for myself how Will and Sara’s relationship evolved as well as understand their respective histories individually before they became a couple.From a plot and story perspective, this was an intense, action-packed read, one that I found myself unable to put down after starting it. My review will be deliberately vague where the plot is concerned, as the book summary already provides enough information in this regard, plus as a thriller, it’s best to go into this one knowing as little as possible. With that said though, I do have to mention that the story was a lot more violent and graphic than I expected, so if that’s a concern, then definitely be warned. For me personally, the subject matter was also outside the realm of what I usually read, so it would seem that I’d have difficulty getting into the story, but Slaughter is such a powerful storyteller that, a few pages in, I was already drawn into and hooked on the story. One of the things that I still can’t get over after having finished reading this is how timely the story was given the current world we live in — there was a huge “ripped from the headlines” realistic feel to so many of the events that occurred in the story, which is a testament to the astounding amount of research that Slaughter put into her work. This is a book that I’m sure fans of the Will Trent series will enjoy, though it also works extremely well as a stand-alone, so if, like me, you haven’t yet read the previous books in the series, I still recommend diving into this one sooner rather than later; for fans of fast-paced, intense, well-written thrillers, this one is pretty much a must-read! I know for me, I definitely can’t wait to read the next book in this series, though hopefully by the time the next one comes out, I will have caught up with this series’ backlist first!Received ARC from William Morrow (HarperCollins) via NetGalley.
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  • Stephanie Nicholas
    January 1, 1970
    Wowzer! Yes, I just wrote "wowzer," haha. Boy was that book good. It's obviously no surprise to those of you that know what a goddess I think Karin Slaughter is, that I finished this book in two days.Michelle works at a high clearance position with the Center for Disease Control and is out shopping with her daughter when a van pulls out and abducts her, leaving her daughter behind. Nearly a month passes and she has not been found.One afternoon not far from the CDC, agent Will Trent and his girlf Wowzer! Yes, I just wrote "wowzer," haha. Boy was that book good. It's obviously no surprise to those of you that know what a goddess I think Karin Slaughter is, that I finished this book in two days.Michelle works at a high clearance position with the Center for Disease Control and is out shopping with her daughter when a van pulls out and abducts her, leaving her daughter behind. Nearly a month passes and she has not been found.One afternoon not far from the CDC, agent Will Trent and his girlfriend, Dr. Sara Linton are having lunch with Sara's family, when two large explosions go off nearby. They run out into the street to see what happened, chaos ensues, and Sara is kidnapped, leaving Will behind.The story was filled with well researched scientific expertise, white supremacists, assault, and ultimately murder. We follow Will into an undercover operation to bring Sara home safely if he possibly can, and find out what happened to Michelle. This is the newest installment of the Will Trent mysteries, written flawlessly. Go get it, pronto. You won't be disappointed.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been almost three years since the last book in this series was released and while the wait felt SO long, it was worth it! Since I’m such a huge, super fan of this series one of the questions I get asked the most is, can these books be read as standalones? Short answer is sure, you would probably be fine. Long answer is, no because it’s such a fantastic series and the characterization is so phenomenal that you probably wouldn’t like it as much as I do. I have such a strong attachment to thes It’s been almost three years since the last book in this series was released and while the wait felt SO long, it was worth it! Since I’m such a huge, super fan of this series one of the questions I get asked the most is, can these books be read as standalones? Short answer is sure, you would probably be fine. Long answer is, no because it’s such a fantastic series and the characterization is so phenomenal that you probably wouldn’t like it as much as I do. I have such a strong attachment to these characters and there’s just no way to develop that bond with one book. I would definitely recommend starting back at the beginning of the Grant County series and then starting this one. It’s only something like fifteen books total, no sweat 🤪The second question I always get about KS books is, are all of her books as dark, graphic and disturbing as Pretty Girls? While this particular book may not be quite as brutal as PG you have to understand that the darkness is part of the authors trademark style. Her books are for crime readers that like bold storylines and super descriptive scenes, but I always want to point out that the parts with a lot of violence or trigger worthy stuff aren’t added to the story just for shock value. It’s always handled in the most thoughtful, respectful manner and isn’t gratuitous or unnecessary at all. Do her books always shock and disturb me? Hell yes, but I’ve come to expect and appreciate it and I don’t think any other author I’ve ever read manages to pull this off quite like she does 👑This is frighteningly timely and so authentic feeling, the case Will and Sara are working could be ripped directly from the headlines and as good as it was, it scared the shit out of me as well because it could truly happen. Besides a totally gripping plot, you have one of my favorite book couples in total peril, Sara was abducted by some serious crazies and seeing things from their separate viewpoints was harrowing and heartbreaking. Throw in a third POV from Faith and the usual shenanigans from Will’s boss, Amanda and you have the ultimate recipe for one hell of a read. I can’t recommend this book (or series) highly enough. It was so good I’m in a slump now because nothing else is even close to being this good 😫The Last Widow in three words: Harrowing, Bold and Gripping.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Wow Sara and Will are back and I have to say I have missed them and Karin Slaughter you blew me away with this book!!Michelle Spivey a scientist who works in disease control, is out shopping with her 11 year old daughter Ashley, when a van pulls up alongside Ashley, fearing for her daughter she runs over to the van but it is Michelle who they kidnap.Dr Sara Linton and Will Trent are about to have a meal with Sara’s family, when they hear an explosion and go running towards it. They discover a ro Wow Sara and Will are back and I have to say I have missed them and Karin Slaughter you blew me away with this book!!Michelle Spivey a scientist who works in disease control, is out shopping with her 11 year old daughter Ashley, when a van pulls up alongside Ashley, fearing for her daughter she runs over to the van but it is Michelle who they kidnap.Dr Sara Linton and Will Trent are about to have a meal with Sara’s family, when they hear an explosion and go running towards it. They discover a road traffic accident but Sara senses something is not quite right. Sara ends up being taken and Will is left behind badly beaten up!!Will goes undercover into a world of terrorism and violence, prepared to do anything to get Sara back. Another gripping book by Karin Slaughter. I couldn’t put this down!! I still have a massive crush on Will but I”m glad Will and Sara are happy together. I feel like I know them as friends rather than characters in a book.This series just gets better and better. I cannot wait for the next instalment. I have to confess I’m thinking about starting this series again from the beginning as I’m enjoying it so much. I may have to lock myself away for a week though to enjoy them without interruptions!!Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter is the ninth book in the Will Trent series.A woman is abducted from a shopping centre car park. A month later she is forced to take part in a terrorist attack. Will Trent's girlfriend a doctor is also taken by the terrorist. It's a race against time to stop these men and get the women back alive.I did not enjoy this book as much as the author's earlier books in this series and found a difference in writing style and the story very slow at the beginning.Thank you The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter is the ninth book in the Will Trent series.A woman is abducted from a shopping centre car park. A month later she is forced to take part in a terrorist attack. Will Trent's girlfriend a doctor is also taken by the terrorist. It's a race against time to stop these men and get the women back alive.I did not enjoy this book as much as the author's earlier books in this series and found a difference in writing style and the story very slow at the beginning.Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 9th book in the Will Trent series by author Karin Slaughter but could easily be read as a stand alone.Michelle Spivey a scientist from the Centre for Disease Control is kidnapped by unknown assailants and authorities are desperate to find her. One month later, a bomb goes off in the Atlanta neighbourhood that houses Emory University, two hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC. Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and his girlfriend Sara, a medica This is the 9th book in the Will Trent series by author Karin Slaughter but could easily be read as a stand alone.Michelle Spivey a scientist from the Centre for Disease Control is kidnapped by unknown assailants and authorities are desperate to find her. One month later, a bomb goes off in the Atlanta neighbourhood that houses Emory University, two hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC. Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and his girlfriend Sara, a medical examiner rush to the scene. Only to run straight into a dangerous conspiracy. Stakes are raised when Sara is kidnapped and Will goes undercover to save her and prevent the deaths of thousands of people.This is a fast paced thriller that is not for the feint hearted.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Harper Collins for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    Enthralling, Emotional, Enlightening – these are merely the beginning of a long list of adjectives I often use to describe Karin Slaughter’s books. Thrilling and captivating, The Last Widow, was a heart stopping, engrossing read from cover to cover, something I have come to expect from this author, which is why she is on my “must read” list for every new book she writes.After a hiatus, Slaughter has returned to the Will Trent series which includes Sara Linton, both of whom now are working for th Enthralling, Emotional, Enlightening – these are merely the beginning of a long list of adjectives I often use to describe Karin Slaughter’s books. Thrilling and captivating, The Last Widow, was a heart stopping, engrossing read from cover to cover, something I have come to expect from this author, which is why she is on my “must read” list for every new book she writes.After a hiatus, Slaughter has returned to the Will Trent series which includes Sara Linton, both of whom now are working for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and who are tentatively in a relationship. The book begins with a shopping trip turned abduction and rapidly moves to a bombing at the Emory campus in downtown Atlanta. En-route to the bombing, Will and Sara become entangled in a car crash that escalates into murder and mayhem and Sara being taken hostage. Whew! And that was all in the first few pages of the book! Soon we, the readers, realize that all of this is part of a white nationalist terrorist plot that has been brewing for well over a decade. The problem is how to stop the looming attack without losing half the population as well as Sara.What I love most about Karin Slaughter’s books is the volume of research that goes in to each and every one of them. I know that when I read one of her books not only are they going to be an exceptionally well written thriller, I am going to come away from the experience with a greater knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. She always deals with “ripped from the headlines” topics in her books and The Last Widow is no exception. As the characters are informed and updated on the standing of white nationalists in the US, we learn as well and what we learn is frightening and eye-opening. Never does Slaughter preach or make judgement calls; she is even handed and quite neutral on the issues at hand. I, on the hand, am not at all and wish that there had been more anger on anyone’s part. Those from the FBI often were apologetic over not doing more, stopping more, shutting down more terrorist groups and their reasons were not reasons with which I could agree. Too many people are dying and, unlike fiction, there is no one rushing in to save the day.The Last Widow is realistic, sobering and frightening and I am quite sure it will regarded as controversial as many of her previous works have been. It is, however, one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. My only concern is with the first few chapters of the book. Slaughter begins by telling the same events from different perspectives. It is, at first, quite repetitive and somewhat strange. The remainder of the book continues to be told from multiple perspectives but not the same events from each character’s point of view. The shift is an odd one and I’m unclear why it was used in the first place. That isn’t her usual writing style and I found it distracting. Once she stopped doing that, the book was perfection.
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  • Jess☺️
    January 1, 1970
    Well Karin slaughter has done it again The Last Widow may be the 9th book in the Will Trent series but this series just gets better and stronger with each book.This book is darker and more disturbing than the others I found and that's probably the cult aspect to this story (cults freak me out 😲)It's definitely a fear making,nerve shaking and a nail biter of a book.There are many moments where you just roll your eyes and say " ARE YOU FOR REAL!!! " 🙄And then there are the twists and that horrendo Well Karin slaughter has done it again The Last Widow may be the 9th book in the Will Trent series but this series just gets better and stronger with each book.This book is darker and more disturbing than the others I found and that's probably the cult aspect to this story (cults freak me out 😲)It's definitely a fear making,nerve shaking and a nail biter of a book.There are many moments where you just roll your eyes and say " ARE YOU FOR REAL!!! " 🙄And then there are the twists and that horrendous ending where your going to be just utterly exhausted (in a good way 😌)This book I definitely recommend it's also the book to read if you're in a slump 📖
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  • Miriam Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a huge fan of Karin Slaughter for well over ten years now and she was one of the very first big name authors that got me into the latest crime genre, due to her addictive and compelling stories."The Last Widow" is number nine in the Georgia Bureau Investigator Will Trent series and it is possible to read this as a standalone, though to fully understand Will and his unique personality it wouldn't hurt to read some of the previous books, as much for enjoyment as anything else. I have b I have been a huge fan of Karin Slaughter for well over ten years now and she was one of the very first big name authors that got me into the latest crime genre, due to her addictive and compelling stories."The Last Widow" is number nine in the Georgia Bureau Investigator Will Trent series and it is possible to read this as a standalone, though to fully understand Will and his unique personality it wouldn't hurt to read some of the previous books, as much for enjoyment as anything else. I have been following the Will Trent series since the Grant County books and have to admit that I do still miss Jeffrey Tolliver, though Will Trent is a very welcome addition and hugely likeable. How Karin has introduced Will into Sara Linton's life has been seamless and he's yet another well developed character that this author is renowned for in her books.The book opens with the same scenes replayed in full from several characters view points which did slow the progression of the story down in my opinion and I'm not sure if it actually worked. The premise of the story is a white supremacist terror plot involving biological warfare and was an action packed, adrenaline fuelled and gripping thriller. Not typical Karin Slaughter but a very well written, plotted, executed and researched story. The attention to descriptive detail was second to none and it's impossible not to play out each scene in your head with full clarity. I loved the ending involving Will and Sara too and it rounded off a truly exceptional book. 4 starsMany thanks to LoveReading for my copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I'm probably going to get a lot of hate for this...I used to be a die hard Karin Slaughter fan, but her last 2 books have really failed to hit the mark with me. When I first listened to the audiobook version of Triptych (my first Karin Slaughter book), I was absolutely blown away by the story and narrator (Michael Kramer). It is a book that stayed in my thoughts for a long time after I first listened to it. The first 3 Will Trent Series books became my all time favourites and I listen to t Okay, I'm probably going to get a lot of hate for this...I used to be a die hard Karin Slaughter fan, but her last 2 books have really failed to hit the mark with me. When I first listened to the audiobook version of Triptych (my first Karin Slaughter book), I was absolutely blown away by the story and narrator (Michael Kramer). It is a book that stayed in my thoughts for a long time after I first listened to it. The first 3 Will Trent Series books became my all time favourites and I listen to them all at least once a year. But honestly, since Sara and Will became an item it's ruined the series for me.The Last Widow just doesn't gel. Karin used to have a great way with words, laying down the foundation of the story for the reader, weaving her little web around you so that you are totally ensconced in the story. Her last 2 books (Pieces of Her and even The Kept Woman) and now this book are just far reaching. It feels like they are long just for the sake of being long with "twists and turns" thrown in for content rather than because it adds to the story. I found myself really not caring about Sara's predicament or whether she was going to be ok or not. I just don't like her as she has developed as a character since the Grant County Series. Will started out as an interesting, multi faceted person who overcame a traumatic history of childhood abuse and neglect to become an intelligent and successful GBI Agent, in spite of his dyslexia. You understood his vulnerability and always rooted for him against whatever adversaries he came across. Since he and Sara got together, Will just seems like a caricature of a moony, love-sick teenager and it's such a 180 turn in the wrong direction that I can't stand him anymore. I find myself skipping over the chapters with Will and Sara because I just find myself rolling my eyes and getting annoyed. From the moment they got together, Sara has been moony in love with Will but always reflects on the things about him that she doesn't like - his (ex) wife even though she knew he was married when she became interested in him. His difficulty to communicate like a "normal person" (because - HELLO! - he was abused as a child!). She gets upset with him and flounces off, only to call him back again because she doesn't want to give up. They've been together a while now and they're both still insecure about how the other feels about them - it's ridiculous and pathetic. It seems like in every book they're together their relationship is in some kind of turmoil. Then there's the cringe worthy descriptions their sex life and them getting hot for each other. Ugh. It's exhausting and irritating and isn't what relationships should be like. I honestly preferred it when he was with Angie. Come to think of it, I am totally on Angie's side against mealy-mouth Sara.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Widow, the ninth novel to feature Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and his girlfriend, medical examiner Dr Sarah Linton, is nothing short of a riveting read which is so much more than the sum of its parts. Michelle Spivey is kidnapped and despite searching high and low for evidence that may lead to her discovery there is none. A month passes and the case goes cold; that is until Sarah Linton is also kidnapped and so begins an intensive, highly emotional se The Last Widow, the ninth novel to feature Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and his girlfriend, medical examiner Dr Sarah Linton, is nothing short of a riveting read which is so much more than the sum of its parts. Michelle Spivey is kidnapped and despite searching high and low for evidence that may lead to her discovery there is none. A month passes and the case goes cold; that is until Sarah Linton is also kidnapped and so begins an intensive, highly emotional search. This is a high stakes thriller with non-stop action but it does not neglect the emotional side of the case as, of course, Sarah has been by Will's side for many a long case and the whole team are determined to find her - ALIVE. The whole story is superbly plotted for maximum tension, and I found it one of the most heart-pounding crime thrillers I've read this year. It had me turning the pages feverishly and long into the night with not a care in the world about being exhausted the following day. And it was indeed worth it! Slaughter's descriptive prose is so vivid that you actually feel as though you are there and can picture everything she depicts very easily in your mind. A rare gift. The different perspectives worked well here as we get a fully rounded story from it and see things through different eyes. It drives at a fast pace but never feels rushed - something that can often happen with this genre. It's a dark, twisted and often gory read. Highly entertaining and warmly recommended. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Clear your calendar for this book...because you will not want to put it down. This story is told from a few points of view as events and tragedy unfold. The author has you rooting for Will Trent and the people he loves and condemning his enemies. This book has violence, hate crime, in addition, to talk of pedophilia (-that happened in the past and with no detail). This one had my heart beating with concern for the main characters.
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    My rating hurts my heart--2.5 stars rounded up. I have been reading Karin Slaughter novels since my college days...I'm now in my early 40s. Not only have I purchased every single book, I've recommended them to countless friends and family over the years. Karin has, quite literally, been my #1 favorite author for a large chunk of my adulthood...which is why it pains me so much to write this review. It's been so long since our last Will Trent story, The Kept Woman...which I rated 5 stars, a rarit My rating hurts my heart--2.5 stars rounded up. I have been reading Karin Slaughter novels since my college days...I'm now in my early 40s. Not only have I purchased every single book, I've recommended them to countless friends and family over the years. Karin has, quite literally, been my #1 favorite author for a large chunk of my adulthood...which is why it pains me so much to write this review. It's been so long since our last Will Trent story, The Kept Woman...which I rated 5 stars, a rarity for me...that I was absolutely giddy to have won a free copy of The Last Widow through a Goodreads giveaway. As usual, the writing was impeccable. There was a bit of repetitive overlap at the beginning of the book, where Sara and Will cover the exact same events...even down to a repeat of the dialogue. It certainly messed with the story's flow, but thankfully, didn't last long. Having said that, readers definitely need to pay attention to the dates and times listed at the start of each chapter, as some go back in time mere minutes...trust me, it can get confusing if you're not paying attention. The plot, though intricate and with many competing elements, is expertly executed. It just covers so much--biological warfare, white supremacy, rape, pedophilia, racism, antisemitism, and child murder. I realize many readers claim Slaughter's books are too violent, but I contend that's what makes them so gritty and real. All you have to do is watch the news to know there is nothing far-fetched about her work, particularly in our current political climate. The Last Widow is non-stop, blood boiling action. Told from two perspectives, those of Sara and Will...Sara's chapters give the readers a glimpse of life at a Neo-Nazi compound. Will's chapters cover what the various government agencies are doing to find Sara and bring this horrific militia group down. I think most will find the conclusion satisfying. And now the part I've been avoiding...the reasons my rating isn't higher.1. As much as I hate to admit it, Sara and Will are becoming tiresome. This is the 9th book in the series and neither character has demonstrated any growth whatsoever. 2. I get tired of reading how Amanda knows everything going on, always, but never shares with her team. It's like she's this omniscient, all-knowing, stingy being. 3. I'm not sure where some of the medical information in this book is coming from, but narcotics should NEVER be given to a severely concussed individual. 4. Tuberculosis is NOT part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule in the United States. In fact, they're really only given to high risk children in third world countries, so I have no idea why Faith's daughter, Emma, would have had a Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine. 5. And finally, this is the reason I literally felt like putting the book down without even finishing...it would appear my long-time favorite author, when describing measles symptoms, took a page out of pharma's fear-mongering handbook. It's as though she chose the worst possible side effects...those which are so rare, they're never seen...and gave them all to the children in this compound. Why? Apparently so she could berate parents who make well-educated medical decisions for their children. She even brought up the "Playboy model." ::face palm:: Really, Karin. Really?Worse, that story line went absolutely nowhere, so it's clear she was trying to make a point...which is interesting since she's not a parent herself.Well, here's my counterpoint:Go to the CDC website and look up the number of measles deaths in the United States in the past 20 years. Then, go to the VAERS website (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), and look at the number of deaths and injuries from the MMR vaccine itself, within the same time period.Let me know what you find. I am so extremely tired of authors forcing their political leanings onto their readers. It needs to stop. I read as a reprieve...not so I can be preached to in the name of good citizenry. My final thoughts: This is a good story (with a few really aggravating elements), that is worth reading. Does it live up to her previous works? Nope. **Many thanks to the publisher and to Goodreads for my free copy.**
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  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    January 1, 1970
    wow!
  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Widow is the ninth book featuring Will Trenton and Dr Sara Linton, who are both members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), they also happen to be in a personal relationship. This book could easily be read as a stand-alone, but like any long running series their are aspects that you will miss out on. I’m a a huge Karin Slaughter fan and as I would expect she once again delivers a compelling, taut, chilling read. The plot is very current, making it a terrifying but all to cred The Last Widow is the ninth book featuring Will Trenton and Dr Sara Linton, who are both members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), they also happen to be in a personal relationship. This book could easily be read as a stand-alone, but like any long running series their are aspects that you will miss out on. I’m a a huge Karin Slaughter fan and as I would expect she once again delivers a compelling, taut, chilling read. The plot is very current, making it a terrifying but all to credible read
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Review up soon!
  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner by #SlaughterSquad!!!! Wow! I stayed up all night to finish and once again AWESOME! 😎🙌 Review coming closer to pub date. She has been on my 🏆 Top Books of the Year for Six Consecutive Years. (started blog in 2014) Review coming closer to pub date.
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. If you just look at Slaughter's standalone novels, she's gotten much better in the last few years. They're as tight and well plotted as anything she's ever done. But I just haven't had the same connection to her longstanding series. Will Trent's and Sara Linton's series have combined for a few books now, and there are several characters readers are now familiar with to populate them. Here Slaughter has her team take on a sizable villain: white supremacist militias.If you have read Sla 2.5 stars. If you just look at Slaughter's standalone novels, she's gotten much better in the last few years. They're as tight and well plotted as anything she's ever done. But I just haven't had the same connection to her longstanding series. Will Trent's and Sara Linton's series have combined for a few books now, and there are several characters readers are now familiar with to populate them. Here Slaughter has her team take on a sizable villain: white supremacist militias.If you have read Slaughter before you probably know that her books generally come with a pile of content warnings. In this book there is terrorism, rape, piles of violence, and dozens of extremely gruesome deaths. This may have the highest body count of any of her books (but I've been reading her for well over a decade so don't quote me on that). This book is very heavy on action, it's a thriller in every sense of the word. Though you do get some actual growth in Sara and Will's relationship.Along with the violence, Slaughter almost always writes about the lasting effects of trauma. (For Sara, rape. For Will, abandonment, neglect, and child abuse.) But in the series I've found myself more frustrated with these themes. It is like Sara and Will get a blank slate with every book, as if the traumas of all their previous stories don't exist. (With one notable exception, the death of Sara's husband.) This is how thriller series work, it isn't just Slaughter doing it, but I think my weariness with it this time is a sign that I should abandon the series and just stick with her standalones, where I feel like Slaughter is able to be more creative.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been almost three years since the last book in this series was released and while the wait felt SO long, it was worth it! Since I’m such a huge, super fan of this series one of the questions I get asked the most is, can these books be read as standalones? Short answer is sure, you would probably be fine. Long answer is, no because it’s such a fantastic series and the characterization is so phenomenal that you probably wouldn’t like it as much as I do. I have such a strong attachment to thes It’s been almost three years since the last book in this series was released and while the wait felt SO long, it was worth it! Since I’m such a huge, super fan of this series one of the questions I get asked the most is, can these books be read as standalones? Short answer is sure, you would probably be fine. Long answer is, no because it’s such a fantastic series and the characterization is so phenomenal that you probably wouldn’t like it as much as I do. I have such a strong attachment to these characters and there’s just no way to develop that bond with one book. I would definitely recommend starting back at the beginning of the Grant County series and then starting this one. It’s only something like fifteen books total, no sweat 🤪The second question I always get about KS books is, are all of her books as dark, graphic and disturbing as Pretty Girls? While this particular book may not be quite as brutal as PG you have to understand that the darkness is part of the authors trademark style. Her books are for crime readers that like bold storylines and super descriptive scenes, but I always want to point out that the parts with a lot of violence or trigger worthy stuff aren’t added to the story just for shock value. It’s always handled in the most thoughtful, respectful manner and isn’t gratuitous or unnecessary at all. Do her books always shock and disturb me? Hell yes, but I’ve come to expect and appreciate it and I don’t think any other author I’ve ever read manages to pull this off quite like she does 👑This is frighteningly timely and so authentic feeling, the case Will and Sara are working could be ripped directly from the headlines and as good as it was, it scared the shit out of me as well because it could truly happen. Besides a totally gripping plot, you have one of my favorite book couples in total peril, Sara was abducted by some serious crazies and seeing things from their separate viewpoints was harrowing and heartbreaking. Throw in a third POV from Faith and the usual shenanigans from Will’s boss, Amanda and you have the ultimate recipe for one hell of a read. I can’t recommend this book (or series) highly enough. It was so good I’m in a slump now because nothing else is even close to being this good 😫The Last Widow in three words: Harrowing, Bold and Gripping.
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  • Marnie Krüger
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! Best thriller I've read this Year.I just couldn't put it down. Even at work, I would sneak a page or two, frustrated that I couldn't just sit down and read the entire book at once. Yes I know starting it on a Monday six days from month-end was not the best idea I ever had, nevertheless as soon as I laid my hands on it I was compelled to read it.Slaughter just knows how to plot and pace the perfect thriller!I can't remember the last time a book got me this worked-up. So anxious to see how ev WOW! Best thriller I've read this Year.I just couldn't put it down. Even at work, I would sneak a page or two, frustrated that I couldn't just sit down and read the entire book at once. Yes I know starting it on a Monday six days from month-end was not the best idea I ever had, nevertheless as soon as I laid my hands on it I was compelled to read it.Slaughter just knows how to plot and pace the perfect thriller!I can't remember the last time a book got me this worked-up. So anxious to see how everything will turn out; because we all know Slaughter will kill the men we love, (view spoiler)[ after all this time I'm still mad at Lena and Jeffrey, (hide spoiler)]and create men we fall in love with even more... not the pointI have devoured every single one of these books, and everytime I'm in awe of Slaughter's way to tell a story. The topics she chose is so controversial and hair-raising and not once have she faild to impress me.
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