The Silent Wife (Will Trent, #10)
Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognizes the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof. The killer is still out there. As Will digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake…

The Silent Wife (Will Trent, #10) Details

TitleThe Silent Wife (Will Trent, #10)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 4th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062858917
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction

The Silent Wife (Will Trent, #10) Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Karin Slaughter's latest addition to her Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) agent Will Trent and medical examiner, Dr Sara Linton, series is a dark, unsettling and disturbing nightmare of a affair. GBI have been called in to to investigate the murder of inmate, 38 year old Jesus Vasquez, at the penitentiary during a riot, when they are offered information on the perpetrators by another prisoner, Daryl Nesbitt. He claims that he is innocent of the brutally devastating attacks, sexual assaults Karin Slaughter's latest addition to her Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) agent Will Trent and medical examiner, Dr Sara Linton, series is a dark, unsettling and disturbing nightmare of a affair. GBI have been called in to to investigate the murder of inmate, 38 year old Jesus Vasquez, at the penitentiary during a riot, when they are offered information on the perpetrators by another prisoner, Daryl Nesbitt. He claims that he is innocent of the brutally devastating attacks, sexual assaults and murders of women in Grant County, pointing the finger at the then Chief of Police, Jeffery Tolliver, Sara's dead husband, and his fellow police officer, Lena Adams, as responsible for a corrupt investigation. Nesbitt says he can prove he is innocent, that there have been at least eight other women murdered since his imprisonment, by the real serial killer, furnishing GBI with newspaper articles on their deaths, demanding they investigate in exchange for revealing who killed Vasquez.Will and Sara's relationship develop tensions, fears and insecurities as Sara is plunged into her past, the trauma of Jeffery's original investigations, a bitter period where she had been divorced from the handsome Jeffery after his infidelities, before she later married him again as she had never stopped loving him. GBI and Sara begin to look at the deaths of the women, beginning with the most recent, Alexandra McAllister, thought to have been an accident. Lena, loathed and not trusted by the GBI in the slightest, is now pregnant informing them she has shredded her notebooks, making it difficult to uncover the truth of her and Jeffery's actions that led to Nesbitt being identified as the killer. It soon becomes alarmingly clear that the serial killer has continuing raping and killing women through the years, becoming more adept at disguising the deaths as accidents. His MO though has remain the same, stalking the women, stealing hair accessories from his victims as trophies, hitting them on the head with a hammer, drugging them, rape and sexual assault, paralysis, leaving their bodies in the surrounding woods.GBI find themselves up against a killer that is smart, deliberate, methodical, a risk taker, relishing hiding in plain sight, continuing to prey on women relentlessly, with never a flicker of remorse. Sara's personal relationship with Tolliver comes under the spotlight, the past taking up so much of her head space in the present, impacting on her relationship with Will, and having her examining the different natures of the men she had fallen in love with. The highlights in Slaughter's terrifying narrative of extreme violence and rape against women, is the sliver of hope in the theme of survival through the worst of horrors and trauma that could befall a woman, and the undeniable love portrayed between Sara and Will. This is brilliant, if tortuously dark and disturbing, storytelling that I highly recommend to crime and thriller readers. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.
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  • Elle
    January 1, 1970
    When you find out there's going to be another Will Trent book less than a year after the last one came out.. When you find out there's going to be another Will Trent book less than a year after the last one came out..
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Spoiler Free Review:Eight years ago, most Grant County authorities were confident they had locked a serial rapist and murderer away for life. Recent brutal cases of misogynistic attacks on women bearing the same horrifying MO suggest the serial killer is still out there preying on women. The convicted inmate's declaration of innocence and disturbing accusations of dirty cops add fuel to the flame indicating a deadly mistake and gross injustice may have occurred. In a race against time, GBI Agent Spoiler Free Review:Eight years ago, most Grant County authorities were confident they had locked a serial rapist and murderer away for life. Recent brutal cases of misogynistic attacks on women bearing the same horrifying MO suggest the serial killer is still out there preying on women. The convicted inmate's declaration of innocence and disturbing accusations of dirty cops add fuel to the flame indicating a deadly mistake and gross injustice may have occurred. In a race against time, GBI Agent Will Trent and team, including girlfriend Medical Examiner Sara Linton, begin the monumental task of sifting through disturbing past GC cases in search of an illusive missed detail that links past with present. As a result, ghosts from the past escape, old wounds flare, and painful memories surface straining the fragile relationship between Will and Sara. That is all I can say about this story without huge spoilers. Do yourself a favor by going into this story blind. It'll spear you straight through the heart if you do!The Silent Wife is another raw, gutsy, graphic, glorious addition to the Will Trent series. The riveting story unfolds through alternating periods of past and present that served to keep me burning through pages to reach the end. I admire and appreciate Slaughter's gift for setting scenes that pull readers in via all five senses, but consider yourself forewarned that graphic crime scenes may be disturbing to read as they are brutally realistic leaving no doubt the author has once again done her homework right down to the most meticulous detail. This author's signature sharp prose and intimately woven plot lines propel characters and readers forward at a frantic life or death pace. Readers can count on being plummeted into the chaos of characters' minds while finding themselves charged with unmasking a deadly predator hiding in plain sight . . . before he kills again. Those familiar with the Grant County series will recognize past characters they love . . . or love to hate. There's not much more I can say about this author's characterizations without sounding like a broken record. They're amazingly accurate, detailed, dimensional, and alive with main characters who are deeply flawed, vulnerable and so unbelievably real that my heart aches for them whenever I'm back in their world. The Silent Wife is everything I hoped it would be and more. I started it with anticipation, read with trepidation, and finished it with cautious optimism. It's gritty, graphic, emotional, heartbreaking, and what does it say about me that I can't wait for the next book? I applaud Slaughter for shining a light on assault survivors who struggle to escape the darkness and overwhelming sense of loss and grief to find their path forward again. Their strength and will to live are an amazing inspiration to all. Needless to say, The Silent Wife has a place of honor on my All-Time Favorites Shelf. I'll even venture to say it's the best of the series thus far! This story embodies everything I love about suspense thrillers . . . and complicated love stories. Highly Recommended!*Special thanks to publisher William Morrow for an arc of this book via edelweiss.plus**Review posted at: Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.Karin Slaughter (KS) is one of my auto buy authors, anything she writes I have to read. because she always transfers me from my world and drops me into a world that it you can see, feel, and smell. Whether it is small town America or large City, wherever she puts you she is in control. It can be dull (Not usually for long), exciting or terrifying as she wants it to be. The Silent Wife is the 20th Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.Karin Slaughter (KS) is one of my auto buy authors, anything she writes I have to read. because she always transfers me from my world and drops me into a world that it you can see, feel, and smell. Whether it is small town America or large City, wherever she puts you she is in control. It can be dull (Not usually for long), exciting or terrifying as she wants it to be. The Silent Wife is the 20th book and it is a continuation of the Will Trent series. As always KS writes with brutal honesty, the descriptions of the crimes can often, be so disturbing that you may need to take a breath before moving on. This book can be read on its own, but it has even more meaning read in order as part of the series.Most of the characters have evolved over the last 20 years and feel like old friends. The new characters are well developed, as you belt through the story. Before starting this clear your diary as this is a fast-paced book. It will keep you racing through the chapters to discover how the killer is found, the way the details of investigation, medical examinations, police procedures, thought processes are described is brilliant. A word of warning though, be aware that the level of gore and violence in this book is on another level. Not for the faint hearted. The book does jump backwards and forwards in time, as the extreme violence and rape against women is investigated, but it is managed well. At no point did I wonder which time period we are in. I loved revisiting the old town and its characters, plus small-town nuances. Quite nostalgic.As with “most” of KS books its gruesome, gritty and violent, with a good dollop of romance thrown in. You must read this, you won’t regret it, as long as you can cope with the nightmares anyway. Strongly recommend reading all the others in the series, mainly as it is an awesome series.
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  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it's been some time since I read a crime novel that is as page-turningly gripping as this! I would normally avoid anything about serial killers, especially killers fixated on violent sexual crimes against women: there's a disturbingly fine line between books which luxuriate in misogynistic brutality and those that call it out - this one manages to stay in the latter field, with scenes that made me flinch. But the portrayal of trauma, grief and what it might take to survive, even barely, is Well, it's been some time since I read a crime novel that is as page-turningly gripping as this! I would normally avoid anything about serial killers, especially killers fixated on violent sexual crimes against women: there's a disturbingly fine line between books which luxuriate in misogynistic brutality and those that call it out - this one manages to stay in the latter field, with scenes that made me flinch. But the portrayal of trauma, grief and what it might take to survive, even barely, is hard-hitting and feels authentic: there's more interest here in the victims and their various hard-won strategies for survival than is typical in the genre.After being underwhelmed by Slaughter's last two books (Pieces of Her, The Last Widow), it's good to find her back in top gear. In an ingenious double time-frame plot we have Will, Sara, Faith and Amanda investigating in the present, and a return to divorced Sara, Jeffrey and Lena Adams investigating in the past: this is before Blindsighted so a kind of prequel to the Grant County series, and Sara is raw over Jeffrey's infidelity and boy, does she show it! The crimes are gritty, the plotting twisted, but what really makes it is the characterization is right back on track. Seeing Sara with both Jeffrey in the past and Will in the present made me realise how much more invested I was in the former relationship: Sara and Will are just too juvenile for my tastes and however much baggage they both carry, there's an air of creating conflict just for the sake of it (view spoiler)[ what are they even mad about? And after hundreds of pages, one hand cream application and they're magically ok? (hide spoiler)].Switching between the two time-frames keeps the tension taut and it may be cheesy but Slaughter works the cliff-hanger chapter endings like a pro. There are a few massive plot holes (view spoiler)[ how did the perpetrator stalk the women so completely and, more pressingly, get access to their homes/rooms to steal the hair clips? (hide spoiler)] I also recognised the criminal immediately, to the point that I wondered if he'd been mentioned in the books which are later chronologically? In any case, seems even the GBI can't always spot a psychopath when they meet one!But these are niggles not deal-breakers: overall, brilliant, scary, and utterly gripping.Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC via NetGalley.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Torturously terrifying and one of my favourite Slaughter novels yet.Will Trent and Sara Linton are back again in this chilling and suspenseful thriller. While I throw the term 'thriller' around from time to time, this was a genuine thriller and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I had to stop reading in the middle, as it was truly terrifying. A murderer waits and watches. A women runs alone in the woods. She senses someone watching but dismisses it. The predator watches her and waits Torturously terrifying and one of my favourite Slaughter novels yet.Will Trent and Sara Linton are back again in this chilling and suspenseful thriller. While I throw the term 'thriller' around from time to time, this was a genuine thriller and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I had to stop reading in the middle, as it was truly terrifying. A murderer waits and watches. A women runs alone in the woods. She senses someone watching but dismisses it. The predator watches her and waits for the perfect time to attack. Repeat. A decade later, the killer is behind bars and the case is closed. Except another women goes missing and the MO is identical. Each time he takes his victims by surprise and we are left in suspense wondering who he will target next. Will Trent and Sara Linton are tasked with re-opening the cold case to find the real killer, along with their supporting cast. It is a race against time as the violent crime spree continues and more women are taken and tortured. Friends. This one is not for the feint hearted. It is gruesome, as are most of Slaughter novels, yet it is such a crucial part of her writing I would wish for nothing else. It is gritty and violent and you really must know every warning possible applies before going into this one. With all of that said, I loved it. It was fabulous, continuing the story of Trent and Linton and following them through the investigation. There were flashbacks to Sara's ex-husband, Jeffrey, who was a large part of the previous investigation a decade before and part of the story is in his POV which makes it all the more interesting. Definitely one I recommend. 
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Not entirely sure where to start... First of all this book was amazing, second of all I have so much to say and when I read this book I had no one to talk about it with!!! Third of all, this review is going to have spoilers in it. I will put a massive spoiler warning before I get to those bits though! :)The Silent Wife is Karin Slaughter's 20th book and it is a continuation of the Will Trent series. After a little run of standalones - Pieces of her, The Good Daughter - Karin gave us The Last Wid Not entirely sure where to start... First of all this book was amazing, second of all I have so much to say and when I read this book I had no one to talk about it with!!! Third of all, this review is going to have spoilers in it. I will put a massive spoiler warning before I get to those bits though! :)The Silent Wife is Karin Slaughter's 20th book and it is a continuation of the Will Trent series. After a little run of standalones - Pieces of her, The Good Daughter - Karin gave us The Last Widow last year, and now The Silent Wife to give us our fill of Will and Sara. The blurb tells us that there is a brutal murder case (always) that Will and Sara need to solve. The tricksy bit is, that the MO is similar to a murder 8 years ago (I'll come back to this time frame later) however there is already someone in prison for that crime. Sara and Will need to go back and solve the original case before they can solve the latest one. OK this is where I have to say SPOILER ALERT AHEAD. If you are going to read the book PLEASE don't read on. I really really want you going into this book blind, it will be so worth it, I promise.I'd recommend reading the series from the start, but you can read it on it's own. You'd get more out of it if you read from the beginning though :)Remember Jeffrey? Ahhhh Jeffrey. I love Jeffrey. Always have been, and always will be, Team Jeffrey. So this book brings back our favourite small town police chief. Karin teased us with this last month on her various social media platforms and since then I have been waiting for a chance to read this book. The original murder case was Jeffrey and Lena's (Pah Stupid Woman), and the book jumps back and forth between present day and back then. I liked this format and it was really well done, and easy to read. It flowed the way it should and I never didn't know what time period I was in.The earlier story was during the time between Sara and Jeffrey's two marriages, so - to put it mildly - they weren't on good terms. Now, I said I'd come back to the time thing... well KS put a note at the end of the book to explain that although the original story in the book is set 8 years previously, in fact it has been 19 years since Blindsighted - she just said that it's fiction and she can do what ever she wants basically :) Which I wholeheartedly agree with - however, I would have appreciated this note before I read the book because I was constantly thinking I was going a bit crazy with my timing.Also there is a bit where it says Lena is 32, and has 15 years police experience behind her - I make her 17 , then, when she became a cop?! I think I must have misread or misunderstood a bit somewhere, but that stayed with me for a bit. Anyway, that isn't important.In regards to the series - Grant or Trent - I have always preferred the Grant County Series of books. Probably because I read them first and I am loyal to my favourite book - Blindsighted. So I was really glad to be able to revisit the old town and set of characters from back then. I loved being back in a small town, where everybody knows everybody, and we are amongst old friends.The Lintons - Tessa, Eddie and Cathy. Brock. Marla. The police squad - Frank, Matt, Lena. I am 100% not a fan of Loser Lena, as you will know from ANY of my other Grant County reviews .The original murder was of a college student, out in the woods near the college. She was brutally attacked and left for dead, the offender using his knowledge of anatomy to paralyse her so that she was still alive during his sickening abuse, but couldn't move. Loser Lena makes a nearly fatal error of not checking properly if the girl is alive or dead - costing her half an hour of time where the victim could've been receiving medical treatment.When Sara and Will eventually solve the case and the bad guy/gal was revealed, I was a bit gutted that it was them. About 60% of the way in, I started cottoning on to the idea that it could be them, and then at 90% when it was confirmed I was a bit.... saddened. And I think you will be too, if you have followed the whole series.Running along in the background is the ongoing story between Will and Sara and the will they/won't they get married storyline. This rumbles on throughout the book, and although I enjoyed it, I did want to shake them both at points and just bash their heads together.Faith and Amanda are both back. As is Nick Shelton. I love Nick, he is adorable. I've said before that I think he and Sara should've got together in another world where Jeffrey didn't exist. So overall this was a fantastic book, a great addition to the Will Trent series. I am pretty sure that we won't see Jeffrey again though, which upsets me no end. But then I thought that after Skin Privilege and here we are! :)Sorry that this was such a babbling review, but as I said at the start, I've had no one to talk about this book to!! Definitely read this if you are a thriller fan, a KS fan, if you want gore and violence and plenty of small town nuances. KS writes very gory details and the level of violence in this book is another level. I think it is probably at the very top of my threshold for reading about, but as she mentions in a passage after the book - she has always written gritty books about violence against women and she believes it is a story that needs telling. Ok I'll leave it there. If you've made it this far, well done!www.thebeautifulbookbreak.com
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm almost 2 weeks in to coronavirus social isolation and very sadly haven't been able to find a book that will drown out the anxiety and capture my attention this whole time. I actually had the thought "I wish Karin Slaughter had a new book." And then I signed into NetGalley and The Silent Wife was there!!! I seriously almost cried from happiness. And then tore through it in 2 days. The Silent Wife is the latest installment of the Will Trent series. This book flashes back in time so we get to s I'm almost 2 weeks in to coronavirus social isolation and very sadly haven't been able to find a book that will drown out the anxiety and capture my attention this whole time. I actually had the thought "I wish Karin Slaughter had a new book." And then I signed into NetGalley and The Silent Wife was there!!! I seriously almost cried from happiness. And then tore through it in 2 days. The Silent Wife is the latest installment of the Will Trent series. This book flashes back in time so we get to see some of our old favorite characters from the Grant County series as well. Ten books into this series and it is still going strong. The characters are still likable, the story was unexpected, and I didn't know it was possible but Slaughter may have one upped herself with the horrific, disturbing crimes in this one.
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  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    Dying to read it
  • Gwen
    January 1, 1970
    As a long-time avid reader of psychological thrillers and mysteries, and an Atlanta resident for 25 years, I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first Karin Slaughter book that I have read. No excuses except that as a school librarian, I mostly read children's books. The Silent Wife is the kind of read that I could not put down, reading late into the night and into the early morning hours to watch the mysteries be solved. I began reading, not knowing that this is book 10 in Slaughter's Will As a long-time avid reader of psychological thrillers and mysteries, and an Atlanta resident for 25 years, I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first Karin Slaughter book that I have read. No excuses except that as a school librarian, I mostly read children's books. The Silent Wife is the kind of read that I could not put down, reading late into the night and into the early morning hours to watch the mysteries be solved. I began reading, not knowing that this is book 10 in Slaughter's Will Trent series. Since the chapters alternate between past and present events, I quickly suspected that the main characters had a history unknown to me. I resisted the librarian temptation to do some research before reading further. One of the hallmarks of a truly great story is that it can stand alone, while still being an integral piece of a continuing saga of people known by many readers. GBI Investigator Will Trent encounters a prisoner who continues to proclaim his innocence for a murder from several years before. He offers proof to Will who then enlists the assistance of Sara Linton, medical examiner, to solve what turns out to be serial rapes and murders. Ms Slaughter's characters are fully developed throughout the story as she methodically describes graphic scenes of brutal attacks on a series of women. This book is a fast-paced read. It will keep the reader racing through the chapters to discover how the killer is found, through the expertise and persistence of characters that are real and relatable. Though this is my first Karin Slaughter read, it will not be my last.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    A few confessions: I am, like most of us, sheltering in place, and in need of diversion. I am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter and have read almost all of her previous books, including those involving the characters in this new book, THE SILENT WIFE. So, yes, I was probably going to like this book even before I started reading it, I was just that eager and excited about it. Lucky for me, it was also just that good. Karin Slaughter is perhaps one of my favorite authors because she really takes A few confessions: I am, like most of us, sheltering in place, and in need of diversion. I am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter and have read almost all of her previous books, including those involving the characters in this new book, THE SILENT WIFE. So, yes, I was probably going to like this book even before I started reading it, I was just that eager and excited about it. Lucky for me, it was also just that good. Karin Slaughter is perhaps one of my favorite authors because she really takes me out of my current life and places me squarely somewhere else. I can see, feel, and smell the world she has created; it is as dull, exciting or terrifying as she wants it to be. Stuck as I am at home, her amazing skills have never been more valued or appreciated. This tale wanders back and forth in time as a series of horrendous crimes are pieced together and ultimately solved. Readers learn more about key characters in this ongoing series. The book can be read on its own, but it has even more texture read in order as part of a series. It was a great book and I cannot wait for the next one. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.
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  • Storme Reads A Lot
    January 1, 1970
    Jeffrey... 😭Karin Slaughter knows how to blow my mind. She has been my favorite author for years, so there was no way I could pass up this book when it showed up on NetGalley. The 10th Will Trent/Sara Linton book, and I am still just as invested as I was when I started to devour all of her books. And this book makes up for the last two not being so high on my love list. This one just blew me away, and Slaughter knocks it out of the park with her storytelling and the amount of darkness in this bo Jeffrey... 😭Karin Slaughter knows how to blow my mind. She has been my favorite author for years, so there was no way I could pass up this book when it showed up on NetGalley. The 10th Will Trent/Sara Linton book, and I am still just as invested as I was when I started to devour all of her books. And this book makes up for the last two not being so high on my love list. This one just blew me away, and Slaughter knocks it out of the park with her storytelling and the amount of darkness in this book. Despite it taking me a long time to read, it was because I was savoring the novel. I could not let go of getting back some people from Grant County, even if my heart was broken along the way. This book skimps no details on a killer who is just as dark and depraved as killers from prior Slaughter books, but the mystery is who is this killer? There is someone in jail for the crimes, but he claims to be innocent. The unfolding of his story is told through flashbacks to people from Grant County. Welcome back, Jeffrey Tolliver. The hot headed, amazing chief we all love. But then when he comes back you get Lena too, and she’s the worst person to ever exist so like you gotta take the bad with the good I suppose. Also, there is more build up of the relationship between Sara and Will. Which makes me happy. I just want them finally to get a break because they have both had the worst lives ever, but I think Karin Slaughter just never wants anyone to be happy. So you know, it is what it is. Young women are showing up dead in the woods, but it seems like it is all an accident. But looking further into the cases, it seems like these women were murdered. They were supposed just accidents, but they are also linked to other cases of women who were raped and didn’t die. Also, one of these women is forever brain damaged because Lena is a total piece of garbage and doesn’t know how to make sure someone is actually dead. But like, she is literally the worst so no one is surprised when she messed up yet again. Right? And when it is realized the cases are more connected than thought, but the perp is in jail... maybe the killer is still out there. So now they have to find out what is going on. Will and Faith have to investigate.... Sara has to perform an autopsy to see if there’s actually a serial killer connection. Then the connection is made between the women regarding rapes, paralysis, and many other gross details Slaughter is so good at giving her reader. And then there is another murder.... while the alleged killer is in jail... so who is this person they are searching for????This story is so good. So gross. So amazing. I loved seeing Jeffery and Sara about what had happened. Though my heart broke when I realized he was a bigger cheater than I thought, but I still love him. I hate Lena no matter what. She is the worst . Also, please just give Sara and Will some happiness for goodness sake. The amazing writing in this book made up for the last lame Will Trent book and the whole debacle that was Pieces of Her. Karin Slaughter, you are amazing. I want to read everything you write forever again and again. Thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley f0r the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • janine
    January 1, 1970
    *not for the faint hearted! The violence and gore could be quite disturbing to some. References to rape, abductions, mutilation and violence throughout*Woohoo Will & Sara are back!!!Another amazing addition to the Will Trent series and they just keep getting better! Can you believe it's been 14 years since the first in the series (Triptych)? This is the one series I fully immerse myself in each time, I don't know any other series where the characters have evolved so deeply throughout. Karin writ *not for the faint hearted! The violence and gore could be quite disturbing to some. References to rape, abductions, mutilation and violence throughout*Woohoo Will & Sara are back!!!Another amazing addition to the Will Trent series and they just keep getting better! Can you believe it's been 14 years since the first in the series (Triptych)? This is the one series I fully immerse myself in each time, I don't know any other series where the characters have evolved so deeply throughout. Karin writes in such a way that you feel like you are walking alongside each character, living, breathing and experiencing each feeling with them.A fast paced, action packed, suspense filled, breathtaking, dark, twisted, disturbing read that will leave you on the very edge of your seat!Ever since picking up my first ever Karin Slaughter book I have been a huge fan. Her writing style literally grabs you and sucks you in with the amazingly suspenseful, enthralling and brutal thrillers.In this book we finally say goodbye to Jeffrey which in my opinion felt like the right move, it's time for Will and Sara to move on and start a new chapter. The way this was done (no spoilers) was brilliant and so cleverly written.For the fans of this series (who isnt???) this is definitely the one for you, this story took us all the way back to Beyond Reach (no*6 in the series) which to me was the one that seriously left its mark, once again bringing the back story of Jeffrey and Lena together.This novel does jump around a bit through time (past and present) but it's always clear as to which time period you are in at the time and is really easy to follow.This could be read as a stand alone but personally I think it would have alot more meaning behind it if you read them in order as each character has a really deep back story which evolves throughout the series and is referred to within each book.Huge thanks to netgalley and Harper Collins UK for the ARC.
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    After the violent and vicious sexual assault on a woman, GBI Agent Will Trent and girlfriend Medical Examiner Sara Linton make the alarming connection to multiple cases from Sara's past. She and Will must dive deep into each prior case, searching for clues, dredging up suppressed emotions, all the while desperately trying to stop a potential serial murderer. This continuing series by Karin Slaughter is the perfect remedy for our current times.
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  • Tamsin Preece
    January 1, 1970
    This is an incredible book. Sara Linton and Will Trent are back, but this time it’s a dual timeline story (which I’ll confess, I’m fond of) where we also get to see Jeffrey Tolliver and Lena Adams again! Amazing!Karin Slaughter writes with her usual detailed and brutal honesty and the descriptions of the crimes are often so disturbing that you find yourself needing to take a breath before you can move on. But move on you do as the intricate web of this epic book pulls you in. I was gripped from This is an incredible book. Sara Linton and Will Trent are back, but this time it’s a dual timeline story (which I’ll confess, I’m fond of) where we also get to see Jeffrey Tolliver and Lena Adams again! Amazing!Karin Slaughter writes with her usual detailed and brutal honesty and the descriptions of the crimes are often so disturbing that you find yourself needing to take a breath before you can move on. But move on you do as the intricate web of this epic book pulls you in. I was gripped from start to finish by the clever structure of the story, the incredible writing and the horrific, but scarily realistic storyline. Read this book. You won’t regret it (except for the nightmares, maybe...) Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.
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  • Tika
    January 1, 1970
    This absolutely blew me away, how can we be 18 books down the line and I still can't get enough of this series?Slaughter does it again with the mystery, the intrigue and doesn't pull punches with letting is 'see' the dark and twisty side to her stories.Amazing.
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    Cannot wait!!!
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This book leaves a mark. And after twenty years and twenty books, perhaps that is the right thing. I don't think you can read this book without being affected by it, even just a little. It is dark, it is emotional, it is often brutal, but then the subject matter is not one that can simply be glossed over, the effects of the kinds of attacks that the victims in this book suffer, far reaching and inescapable. So if you are going to read, be warned. As nice as it is to be back with Will and SA Wow. This book leaves a mark. And after twenty years and twenty books, perhaps that is the right thing. I don't think you can read this book without being affected by it, even just a little. It is dark, it is emotional, it is often brutal, but then the subject matter is not one that can simply be glossed over, the effects of the kinds of attacks that the victims in this book suffer, far reaching and inescapable. So if you are going to read, be warned. As nice as it is to be back with Will and SAra, and, in spite of what follows through the course of the book, when all is said and done it is nice to be back with them, this is a hard book to read, one that took me longer than I expected, but the more I look back, the more I understand why. It is a book you probably need to take a break from, if even only for a short while, as Karin Slaughter leads you into a dark and deadly case some eight years in its execution.Okay, moody moment over - for now ... It's not all bad news. Any Grant County/Jeffery Tolliver fans out there (me!!!) take heart, as this book takes us back to a time in Sara's past - one where Jeffery is very much a part of her life, not perhaps in the most positive of ways granted, but enough that his presence in this investigation can cast a shadow over her relationship with Will in the present day. Whilst the circumstances of the trip down memory lane are not remotely heartwarming, I did enjoy being back with Jeffery again. Okay - so this wasn't exactly a moment of crowning glory for the guy - read it and you will know why. If you have read the Grant County series at all you will know that he and Sara had some ... difficulties ... an t is this time in their relationship that is brought into sharp focus through Will and Faith's present day investigation. A potential miscarriage of justice, with a man accused of a series of ever more brutal attacks on women that he may well have been innocent of. Could Jeffery really have made such a mistake? Lena - hell yeah. And this book reminded me how much I dislike her as a character and why I have not yet been able to bring myself to finish reading Skin Privilege. Let's say that she hasn't improved with age.This is, as I said before, a hard book to read. Whilst we are not present during the attacks, the after effects, the pain in injury inflicted on the victims, is described in detail as some stages, and leaves little to the imagination of the reader. It is clinical rather than graphic, but it is still brutal and will get under your skin without question. If sexual assault is a difficult subject to read for you, then you may wish to steer clear of this book as the author is not shy in laying it all out for the reader. But outside of the nature of the attacks, this is a complex and mystery laden investigation, carried out over a dual timeline. Part is told from the perspective of Jeffery, Lena and Sara as they deal with what they believe to be the only attacks to have occured. The other half of the investigation comes as Will and Faith try to discover whether or not the wrong man may have been accused and if a brutal rapist has been at large for all those years. The action moves between the two period almost seamlessly, the frustrations of both teams clear and palpable as you read. Both are laced with tension and keep you on edge but it is the emotion that really drew me into the story.I loved seeing the way Karin Slaughter explored the impact of bringing Jeffery into Sara and Will's world had on the pair. Their relationship was already fractious for reasons that will become apparent in the reading and seeing Will compete with the ghost of Sara and Jeffery's relationship, the impact that it had on a man who finds it so hard to express himself, was really bewitching. I really like Will as a character, like his stoic nature, his ability to remain calm, and seeing him react so badly, so out of character really made the story pop. A man of few words, his actions spoke volumes and his uncertainty, frustrating as it could be at times, really made me feel for him.The book, as a whole, had my emotions all over the place, for so many different reasons. Littered with characters you cannot help but hate, scenes that will hit you right in the gut, and an underlying sense of tension and menace that keeps you right on edge, I think this may be Karin Slaughter at her dark, unforgiving, emotion wrangling best and fans who can stomach a walk on the darker side, will not be disappointed. Highly recommended, but do heed the warnings. This book will shock. will take you to the brink, but will also leave you with a huge portion of hope, all wrapped up in a Big-Mac box.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this book went all round the houses and back again as it twisted and turned to its shocking conclusion. It also flitted about in time as historic cases were re-investigated, the original events playing out in real time in flashback. We also have Will and Sara battling in their relationship, trying to keep it on an even keel and back into calmer waters as they struggle a bit with their joint and separate pasts which now start to threaten their future.Starting with a death in a prison, we so Well, this book went all round the houses and back again as it twisted and turned to its shocking conclusion. It also flitted about in time as historic cases were re-investigated, the original events playing out in real time in flashback. We also have Will and Sara battling in their relationship, trying to keep it on an even keel and back into calmer waters as they struggle a bit with their joint and separate pasts which now start to threaten their future.Starting with a death in a prison, we soon also have a body, a woman attacked and left for dead, an apparent accident. This leads Will to a historic case, the perpetrator of which has been convicted and incarcerated eight years ago. He's always protested his innocence and feels that this could be something that could help his own case. He's also embroiled in the prison killing and tries to bargain with the police. With this in mind, Will decides that the best course of action is to go back to the original case to try and find the truth. As he starts to dig he is shocked at what he finds and needs the help of Sara going forward. But also what he finds threatens their relationship as it brings into question the integrity of some of the people closest to her. Can they survive this both personally and professionally and also, put their troubles and differences aside in order to bring justice once and for all.Wow! What a tangled web this book turned out to be. Those familiar with the author will be aware that it's the continuation of the merging of two series, Grant County and Will Trent, both of which are well worth a read, bringing Will and Sara together in one series. Normally I'm not the biggest fan of too much personal stuff creeping into a book but here the author gets the balance perfect, aided I suspect in this case by some personal history actually being integral with the plot.And what a plot it is - oh my - talk about intrigue and keeping my interest and attention right up until the very last page. It's quite brutal in places and pulls no punches but it has to be to match the most heinous story being told. Characterisation is excellent as always, Sara and Will are brilliantly matched both personally (although sometimes they forget this) and professionally and although both wounded by pasts, don't just rely on that baggage to define them. We also reconnect with faces from the past in this book as the historic cases are reopened and it was good to have that, even though it wasn't always pretty. It hit the ground running right from the start, held me in its thrall throughout, spitting me out at the end exhausted but satisfied. Holding my attention constantly throughout which is no mean feat given the state of things in the world at the moment. It was nice to escape into a different world for a while even if that world was a bit dangerous.All in all, a cracking addition to an already impressive back catalogue. Looking forward to nest time. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    No lie when I say that I literally adore Karin Slaughter's books. She is an AUTO BUY, MUST READ author for me, so it pains me a little that I cannot give her last 3 books a full 5 stars. I was NOT a fan of The Last Wife (which is also part of the Will Trent/GBI Series) and while I thought the plot for Pieces of Her was extremely unique, it just wasn't a book I wanted to pick up frequently. My initial gut reaction (which I strongly follow while writing my reviews) was to give this 3.5 or 4 stars, No lie when I say that I literally adore Karin Slaughter's books. She is an AUTO BUY, MUST READ author for me, so it pains me a little that I cannot give her last 3 books a full 5 stars. I was NOT a fan of The Last Wife (which is also part of the Will Trent/GBI Series) and while I thought the plot for Pieces of Her was extremely unique, it just wasn't a book I wanted to pick up frequently. My initial gut reaction (which I strongly follow while writing my reviews) was to give this 3.5 or 4 stars, but the more I thought about it, I really feel strongly about a solid 4 stars.The Good:*It never ceases to amaze me at the INCREDIBLE amount of research that goes into her novels. I forget that these are not real characters or real story lines because they are written SO AUTHENTICALLY. She is incredibly precise when discussing autopsy's, crime scenes and grieving families.*I know that when I crack open a Slaughter book, I am in for an extremely graphic plot and this one did not disappoint. Does it make me weird for loving this aspect of her novels? True crime, murder and death fascinate me for some reason and this story was GRAPHIC, to points where I had to shut the book and walk away. I have learned so much from her novels and I am FASCINATED with how she pulls everything together. *There is ALWAYS A TWIST. Or 20 ... this one may had one of the larger twists that I can remember. The killer? Never freaking saw it coming ... from miles away. And it was a brilliant, creepy choice. Bravo for pulling this one off ... I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!*I appreciate Slaughter giving us some back history on what exactly happened with Jeffrey, Sara's first husband. I also like that she made his character flawed - dirty cop stories are usually more enjoyable (and frustrating) to read. I also enjoyed learning more about Lena Adams, who is a character that didnt hold a lot of value to me in other novels. The Bad:*This book is SO long (like almost 500 pages long) and it just didn't need to be. I think if she could have cut it by at least 150 pages, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.*Speaking of The Last Wife (also a part of this series), I feel like there was no correlation/connection between these books, aside from the characters. Some CRAZY SHIT happened in that book and I feel like it was completely breezed over. Like, how are these people ok?!*For some reason, some of my favorite characters in the series annoyed me in this book. Will felt extremely weak and unlikeable. Sara seemed to a bit stronger, but more aloof ... I felt confused about their normally strong relationship and wasn't sure they were going to make it.All in all, I will 100% recommend this to my followers. It was great, and with a few modifications I think it would have absolutely been 5 stars for me. I always appreciate honesty in reviews, so I am hoping this helps some people adjust their TBR accordingly. I'll follow Karin anywhere and I am excited to see what she writes next!
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.A woman is attacked and left for dead in the woods. The attack has a very similar feel to a series of attacks that took place in Grant County 8 years ago, but there has already been an arrest on those attacks and murders. GBI agent Will Trent and his partner Faith investigate with help from Will's doctor girlfriend Sara Linton, who happened to be the off and on coroner at Grant County at the time. She Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.A woman is attacked and left for dead in the woods. The attack has a very similar feel to a series of attacks that took place in Grant County 8 years ago, but there has already been an arrest on those attacks and murders. GBI agent Will Trent and his partner Faith investigate with help from Will's doctor girlfriend Sara Linton, who happened to be the off and on coroner at Grant County at the time. She was also estranged from her now dead husband, the chief of police, Jeffery Tolliver, who at the time made the arrest in the case.This was, as usual, a great read from Karin Slaughter, who has been in my top 5 authors for years. I have read all of the Grant County and the Atlanta series and it was a treat to go back in time with flashbacks to Grant County and Jeffrey and Sara. The weaving of the present day cases with the current day was so well done and made the mystery that much more interesting. I love all of these characters and feel like I have known them for years but even for people not familiar with the series, this is a great read on its own. This author's books are a bit long, and it took me a few days longer than normal to finish this one but I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see what Will and Sara get up to next.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Normally I zip through mysteries - but every time I get a new Karin Slaughter book, I need to set aside at least a couple of days to process and enjoy. The Will Trent/Sara Linton books in particular are always intense, hardboiled, and intellectually involving, providing lots of thrills while giving you lots of serious issues to chew on. This book is no exception. The Silent Wife met all my (VERY high!) expectations.I am a former criminal prosecutor and Karin Slaughter, for my money, is one of th Normally I zip through mysteries - but every time I get a new Karin Slaughter book, I need to set aside at least a couple of days to process and enjoy. The Will Trent/Sara Linton books in particular are always intense, hardboiled, and intellectually involving, providing lots of thrills while giving you lots of serious issues to chew on. This book is no exception. The Silent Wife met all my (VERY high!) expectations.I am a former criminal prosecutor and Karin Slaughter, for my money, is one of the most technically accurate and realistic crime writers around. She gets everything from forensics to lingo to motive exactly right, and even as she infuses each story with drama, she never sacrifices accuracy or requires a ridiculous suspension of disbelief. This book begins with a murder of an inmate, but like most Will Trent/Sara Linton books, takes the reader down a tangled and fascinating path to issues and characters you never saw coming. In this case, a hunt for a serial rapist and murderer who has gone free for years. As with other Karin Slaughter books, you shouldn’t read this unless you like your books hardboiled and gritty. There are also some very tough violence and explicit medical and post-mortem details. But these are always given for a reason and her writing is second to none.Fans of this series will especially enjoy the fact that Jeffrey Tolliver has a big part in this story, and you will see him again through flashbacks as he worked on the old investigation. It is especially interesting that this book takes a different approach to Tolliver than some of the past books did. There is also somehow a really touching love story in the middle of all the horror this book describes.Karin Slaughter has always done a particularly good job with sexual assault issues in her books, helping readers gain an understanding of sexual violence long before #MeToo became a commonly understood phrase. This book is particularly great at addressing these issues and showing the difference in perception of sexual assault then and now, and the many problems and prejudices that still currently exist, and the fact that rapists don’t usually look or act the way we have been conditioned to believe they do.This was at times a very tough book to read, but it was excellent. Thanks to HarperCollins, NetGalley and Karin Slaughter for another great entry in this series - which luckily Slaughter assures us will continue!
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and HarperCollins, HarperFiction UK for an advance copy of The Silent Wife, the tenth novel to feature Agent Will Trent and Medical Examiner Sarah Linton of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.A murder during a prison riot leads Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell, to prisoner Daryl Nesbitt who offers to name the murderer and expose a mobile phone smuggling ring in the prison if, in return, they will clear his name as the main person of interest in a Grant County I would like to thank Netgalley and HarperCollins, HarperFiction UK for an advance copy of The Silent Wife, the tenth novel to feature Agent Will Trent and Medical Examiner Sarah Linton of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.A murder during a prison riot leads Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell, to prisoner Daryl Nesbitt who offers to name the murderer and expose a mobile phone smuggling ring in the prison if, in return, they will clear his name as the main person of interest in a Grant County cold case. He claims not only that he was framed by Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver, Sara Linton‘s dead husban, and troubled Deputy Lena Adams but that the murderer is a serial killer who has not stopped.I thoroughly enjoyed The Silent Wife which captured my attention from the start and never let go. The opening chapters raise so many questions, like what’s Nesbitt’s angle (there’s always at least one), how will Sara deal with it, is Nesbitt right and if so how was it missed, that I had to keep reading. Fortunately this is a long novel so there is plenty of time and space to answer these particular questions, pose more and insert some very good twists - the first time it happened I was gobsmacked and the second, after that I was still taken aback but more ready for it. Great stuff.The novel is mostly told from Sara and Will’s points of view with other voices added as and when necessary. This adds a certain depth to the novel as it offers different takes on events and gives the reader slightly more information than the investigators have. It also steps back in time to cover Jeffrey’s contemporaneous investigation. Often I find these switches choppy and distracting, but such is the strength of the storytelling that I lapped it up. I think it helps that the perpetrator is well hidden and the current rocky situation between Sara and Will, not least because Jeffrey is involved, plays out in a large way across the novel.The Silent Wife is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Maria Flaherty
    January 1, 1970
    ‘The Silent Wife’ is the 10th book in the popular Will Trent series by thriller author Karin Slaughter. And her second addition to the series in under a year. It’s not often that I would usually opt for one of Slaughter’s books, not that I don’t like her series, but simply that I have taken a dislike to one of her major characters – to my relief, I discovered that the infamous Lena would play a rather minor role in ‘The Silent Wife’ and so I could comfortably dive into the narrative. While inves ‘The Silent Wife’ is the 10th book in the popular Will Trent series by thriller author Karin Slaughter. And her second addition to the series in under a year. It’s not often that I would usually opt for one of Slaughter’s books, not that I don’t like her series, but simply that I have taken a dislike to one of her major characters – to my relief, I discovered that the infamous Lena would play a rather minor role in ‘The Silent Wife’ and so I could comfortably dive into the narrative. While investigation a riot at a nearby prison, Faith and Will from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, are contacted by a criminal with a curious tale – he swears that he is innocent of a series of rapes and murders committed 8 years ago. A recent spate of attacks seem to bear weight to his story. Numerous flashbacks to the original crimes, allow the reader to see a younger Sara and Jeffery working the case and also showcases how Lena came to be the duplicitous character we now know. It’s fascinating to look back at the characters that we know so well but yet to see another side to their relationships, and how those interactions, impact on them in the current book. Even newcomers to the series, we see the differences from the flashbacks, although be warned there is a lot of catching up to do if you start on book 10. The crime storyline itself is also fascinating, but it is not an easy read and I would recommend that if you are at all uneasy with the topics of abuse or rape, then to stay well clear as I did find it difficult to read at stages. However, the unveiling of the killer is brilliantly done and such an excellent twist. I’m eagerly waiting for book no. 11.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    SPOILERSI was a little put out early in this book,when it was suggested that Jeffrey Tolliver was not a good cop .I really like Will,but I still miss Jeffrey.So to then go back to Grant County and to Jeffrey,I gave a silent cheer.Until it became obvious what an ass he was.But this actually felt like the best of both worlds,everyone was here,I was even pleased to read about toxic Lena.The case itself is violent and brutal,and the person behind the crimes left me feeling a bit deflated... a real " SPOILERSI was a little put out early in this book,when it was suggested that Jeffrey Tolliver was not a good cop .I really like Will,but I still miss Jeffrey.So to then go back to Grant County and to Jeffrey,I gave a silent cheer.Until it became obvious what an ass he was.But this actually felt like the best of both worlds,everyone was here,I was even pleased to read about toxic Lena.The case itself is violent and brutal,and the person behind the crimes left me feeling a bit deflated... a real "oh no!!" moment.This series of books has always been excellent,and this one continues with that.Clever,gripping and had me all a bit emotional.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Just finished this book and it was so good! The writer of the best crime fiction books is back!I have been a fan of Karin Slaughter since the release of Blingsighted in 2011. The Silent Wife is the 20th book in the Sara Linton series and it is absolutely unputdownable! I read this book in less than 24 hours and it did not disappoint!All of my favourite characters are back, Sara Linton, Will Trent, Lena Adams, Faith Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Just finished this book and it was so good! The writer of the best crime fiction books is back!I have been a fan of Karin Slaughter since the release of Blingsighted in 2011. The Silent Wife is the 20th book in the Sara Linton series and it is absolutely unputdownable! I read this book in less than 24 hours and it did not disappoint!All of my favourite characters are back, Sara Linton, Will Trent, Lena Adams, Faith Mitchell and...........Jeffery Tolliver! The characters in Karin’s books have been in my life for 19 years so they feel like friends, as such I am invested in their lives so I was so happy to have them all together in a story again. The book starts with a death at a prison which puts Will and Faith in contact with a convicted pedophile who accuses Sara’s dead husband Jeffery of convicting him for a crime he didn’t commit.The case is looked in to and there are inconsistencies. New victims are discovered with same MO which intertwines both the past and the present.I don’t want to say any more about the plot as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but I loved that Jeffery was brought back in to a story. It gave me, as a 19 year fan, a chance to revisit his relationship with Sara but at the same time realise what Sara and Will has in the present. It would help to read this series in order but Karin does recap bits to fill in blanks about relationships of the main cast. This reminds readers like me and enables new fans to read just this book if they wanted to read it as a stand alone rather than a series. Whether you’re a fan of crime fiction or Karin Slaughter I can highly recommend this book. I was sent an advanced copy of this book by Harper Collins UK in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    An investigation after a prison riot leads Will and Faith to a possible link to old, violent crimes against women in Grant County when Jeffrey Tolliver was sheriff. I loved the shifts from present-day in Atlanta to the past in Grant County. A total page-turner- fans of this series will not be disappointed. Highly recommend.
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  • Rosie
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my favourite books of the year so far! It’s also one of my favourite Karin Slaughter books to date! I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of this book. This book was EVERYTHING! Anyone who hasn't read all of Grant County before the Will Trent series is in for major spoilers for storylines involving Sara, Jeffrey and Lena. This book, like Broken (Will Trent 4), was so much better because of the attachment I have to the Grant County series. I’m so fricking attached to Grant Count This is one of my favourite books of the year so far! It’s also one of my favourite Karin Slaughter books to date! I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of this book. This book was EVERYTHING! Anyone who hasn't read all of Grant County before the Will Trent series is in for major spoilers for storylines involving Sara, Jeffrey and Lena. This book, like Broken (Will Trent 4), was so much better because of the attachment I have to the Grant County series. I’m so fricking attached to Grant County, However, I‘ve found the Will Trent series stronger in terms of individual storylines/crimes. Nevertheless, I will NEVER get tired of the crossover with Grant County characters. I do strongly recommend reading the Grant County series before tackling the Will Trent series because there are some books in the Will Trent series (The Silent Wife, for sure) where, without the full knowledge of the Grant County series, it looks like Sara is grieving a cheat and she isn’t. Anymore. Kind of. So, what did I love about this? So many things:- Jeffrey!- Will and Sara's relationship development.- Faith. Everything Faith-related in this book. I highlighted so many Faith quotes in this book because she is amazing! This is the Faith content I’ve being waiting for! Yay!- Grant County flashbacks to a case that happened before book 1 (Blindsighted), one year after Sara and Jeffrey divorced. Sibyl is still alive. Lena is a rookie. Jeffrey is chief. Sara is still the heart of the town. - The case (past and present) was so grisly. Karin hooked me with Blindsighted a few years back and she raised my expectations so much for the next grisly crime scene in a book, and boy did this book deliver on that front.- The reveal. I had suspicions about the possible connection to Grant County and on that front, I was right, but I didn’t nail the killer. I love it when the author gets one over on me. What did I not like about this book? Nothing. That was quick.Final thoughts: This book was so tense and (I don’t use this word lightly) GRIPPING! I loved it and now I’m gutted I have to wait so long for the next Will Trent book, but also happy that I have the time to digest and appreciate this book. It was AMAZING!
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  • Scarlett
    January 1, 1970
    Karin blew me away once again! I love this woman so much that I almost wrote her a DM here on Goodreads, but, thank God, I deleted it on account that I sounded like a school girl. Luckily, I have my reviews where I can ramble on and on without her knowing how crazy I am about her books! She really is one of the best psychology-mystery-thriller writers and this book is a perfect 10! The amount of research that must've gone into writing this is mind boggling to me. The last Will Trent book came ou Karin blew me away once again! I love this woman so much that I almost wrote her a DM here on Goodreads, but, thank God, I deleted it on account that I sounded like a school girl. Luckily, I have my reviews where I can ramble on and on without her knowing how crazy I am about her books! She really is one of the best psychology-mystery-thriller writers and this book is a perfect 10! The amount of research that must've gone into writing this is mind boggling to me. The last Will Trent book came out less than a year ago, so when did Karin found the time? No idea, but it is a lesson for writers who keep publishing trash just so they could have one book a year. The details of investigation, medical examination, exhumation, police procedures, the jargon -pure perfection.Without talking too much about the plot, I think that this particular criminal case is as tricky as they come. While I was reading and getting lost in an avalanche of information, I was certain that Karin couldn't wrap it all up. But, you guessed it, of course she did! I felt the need to have a notebook of my own to write everything that went down, so points for making me feel like a detective. And congratulations are in order because I guessed who's our perpetrator!Finally, the characterization here has to be one of the finest in this genre. I read a fair number of mysteries and thrillers and the only thing that makes me come back for more are great characters. Jo Nesbø and Tana French are good examples, but there is no one like the woman who gave us Will Trent. If you are familiar with this tough, sensitive, emotionally screwed up special agent, you should enjoy this book because finally, the others shine just as bright. Sara and Jeffrey were mainly in the focus and my nostalgic levels went through the roof. So, even though I toned this down to avoid sounding like the most passionate Karin Slaughter fan, I simply cannot recommend this enough. HarperCollins, thanks for my ARC!
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    American crime writer Karin Slaughter triumphantly returns in this 10th instalment of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent series of novels. However, to those of us who are familiar with the Georgian based author’s work, you could be forgiven for being a little confused thinking it is a continuation of her previous Grant County series of books. Since the main character of those novels, coroner Sara Linton moved away to Atlanta and became romantically involved with GBI agent Will American crime writer Karin Slaughter triumphantly returns in this 10th instalment of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent series of novels. However, to those of us who are familiar with the Georgian based author’s work, you could be forgiven for being a little confused thinking it is a continuation of her previous Grant County series of books. Since the main character of those novels, coroner Sara Linton moved away to Atlanta and became romantically involved with GBI agent Will Trent, this work takes her back to a case she was previously involved in back in her Grant County days.Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell are investigating a prison murder when inmate Daryl Nesbitt offers to inform on who the murderer is if they investigate eight incidents relating to the rape of Beckey Caterino 8 years before. Nesbitt is currently serving time for child pornography images found on his computer while the Police, who were convinced of his guilt of murder and rape, investigated the Caterino case. He maintains his innocence of those accusations, being convinced that a previous Grant County Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver (the deceased ex-husband of Sara Linton) tried to frame him and insists that a serial killer is still at large.Sara is taken on a heart wrenching trip down memory lane mourning her ex while Will is left reeling, wondering if he and Sara have a future.It is obvious that Karin Slaughter knows her audience and is fully aware of what they want. “The Silent Wife” is a triumphant renewal in the Will Trent series and although having an intricate plot with numerous flash backs to the past, it brings the characters of Will and Sara and the state of their relationship very much into the present.The Washington Post hit the nail firmly on the head when they wrote “What raises Slaughter above the sensational is her wonderful way with characters.” She is one of the top thriller writers currently working and any new release is an event to savour.I would like to thank NetGalley and publisher Harper Collins for supplying me with an advance copy for review.
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