Book Review

THE SILENT WIFE by Karen Slaughter (Out 8/4/2020)

I received a giveaway copy through Goodreads from the publisher. Thank you to William Morrow Books for the complimentary copy!

Publication Date: 8/4/2020

Rating: 4.5 / 5

THE SILENT WIFE by Karin Slaughter is book ten in the author’s Will Trent series. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, a woman is attacked near a university campus and left for dead. The case is going cold until Will Trent, a GBI Investigator, happens to get a tip from an inmate while visiting at the state penitentiary on another matter. This man says that the crime matches a crime that he was accused of nearly ten years before, though of course he couldn’t have done the present day crime. In order to find out the truth, Will must investigate both the current and the past crime which has startling connections to people he knows.

I had some concerns about picking up the tenth book in a series when I hadn’t read the most recent installments, but this book worked well at reintroducing the characters and their pasts so that it works well as a stand-alone. There is a continuity from previous books of some personal storylines, but not so much that I felt at all lost having not read some of the previous books.

From the introduction of the initial crime, this book takes off running and it had me hooked. I will warn you that it is brutal. Women have been attacked and raped and left for dead. The author doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the injuries done to them or the medical interventions taken, so it probably isn’t the best read for the squeamish. The book bounces back and forth through time between decades and investigators and I thought both timelines were equally engaging. We see some of the same characters in different places in their lives between timelines both on the case and in their personal lives.

I absolutely enjoyed this one and suggest you add it to your TBR! THE SILENT WIFE by Karin Slaughter will be out on 8/4/2020!

Reading challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics

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