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The latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestelling author, Karin Slaughter.A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - hasThe latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestelling author, Karin Slaughter.A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out . . ....

Title : The Kept Woman
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ISBN : 9781780893570
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Number of Pages : 560 Pages
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The Kept Woman Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-01-16 06:57

    Alright, I know not everyone out there is a Karin Slaughter fan, but those people are wrong and clearly not to be trusted. All kidding aside, most everyone familiar with Ms. Slaughter's work knows that she can be counted on for violence, gore, and disturbing content. The Kept Woman provides all of the above, yet delivers a side dish of softer material as well. As I have had many people contact me saying "This is my first Slaughter book and I wasn't really feeling it", I think it's important to note that this is a TERRIBLE book to pick up as your first read by the author. Her latest is #8 (or, if you feel as I do that Will Trent is technically just is a continuation of the Grant County series, then #13), so if you are picking this up and trying to read it as a standalone, I'd agree that the experience would be absolutely terrible. Like 1 star worthy. This entire book is an installment tying up loose ends from the previous books with major bombshells and character development that would go completely unnoticed and be extremely confusing if picked up without the proper backstory. That said, Slaughter also just isn't for some people, and I promise to respect that. Back to the review...I'll attempt to dodge the minefield of spoilers ahead, as this book is filled with them, so just know this book is way better than I can do it justice in this review. The prologue even starts with a bang; this is one of those stories where you have to try and remember the first chapter, as it comes back around toward the end of the book, just in a less cryptic way. For those who love police procedurals as much as I do, you're in for a treat because this one was really fun to try and figure out as you go. It's no give away that the central focus of this book is Angie, and dang it if KS didn't make me feel the slightest bit of feels for her. We FINALLY get that backstory into Polaski's secret past; this was by far the most rewarding of her novels since Beyond Reach (OMG Karin I still haven't forgiven you for that one). It took me a hot minute to warm up to Will Trent after that. Of course he's been welcomed into the fold, but Angie is like that irritating bug you can't shake; you finally think you're rid of her just to find out you need another round of antibiotics. I positively have loathed Angie from her introduction to the series, but she's one of those that you love to hate and are secretly pleased she keeps popping back in and keeping all the drama ramped up. In addition to all the Angie bombshells and starting to develop pity for her, this is actually a darn good police procedural. The author has always done thorough research into her plot lines to ensure they are realistic as possible. I've lived in Atlanta almost my entire life, so its exciting to read about stories in settings that I'm familiar with and can picture vividly. She consistently brings back some of the best places and introduces us to new ones in each book. The clues are all laid out and there for the solving, although I can never figure out the entire story. While I enjoyed her last two books well enough, the fact that they were standalones made me particularly hungry for a new book in the series, so I think she played her cards well in spacing out her books. The pacing and structure in this one was fantastic; we had changing POV's in the present, but post crime being committed. Then, after about 200 pages, we jump back in time to the week before the crime from another POV that was present for all the shady, criminal components to get the full story. Once caught up, we flip back to present time to finish out strong. Don't let this worry you; it sounds confusing but the narrative flowed flawlessly from first to last page. I simply had to limit my wording as to not give away crucial plot points. There are so many things I want to say about this book and I could ramble on for days, but I'd rather you just read it and see for yourself. DON'T pick this up as a standalone; your life will be over and you'll be miserable and then I'll have to say I told you so. DO pre-order, place a hold at the library, send your spouse out to grab this for you (because you are clearly too busy reading other amazing books at home to pick it up yourself), heck AMAZON PRIME MOSES' BEARD OUT OF THIS because it's that good. If you are wanting to start the Will Trent series, the first book is called Triptych, but I would recommend going all the way back to Blindsighted (Grant County #1) to fully appreciate the hard work KS has gone to in creating such deep, flawed, relatable characters. I think most fans of the series will be extremely pleased with The Kept Woman; I'll go back to my Karin Slaughter hangover that I get whenever there are no more KS books to read. :(*I received my copy from the publisher via Goodreads Giveaway and was honored to provide an honest review. Many thanks William Morrow Books!

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-01-09 07:06

    Last year's Karin Slaughter stand alone Pretty Girls book left me kinda disappointed. (A whole ton of people loved it so back off)...But this book.Karin Slaughter has long been one of my favorite authors and this series along with the Grant County ones are a reason why. I've always said that her characters seem so real to me. Maybe because I've spent so much time with them. But crap, I still mourn Jeffery. You don't even have to love Slaughter's characters. Case in point, this book. Angie Polaski Trent. I hate her. I LOATHE her. But I can't look away from her. And she is back in Will Trent's life again. Not by his choice, he had been investigating a basketball star for a horrific rape and the guy walked. People were paid off and money talks. Then a ex-cop who everyone knows was dirty ends up dead in that very basketball players abandoned construction site. And Angie's blood is found there, along with her gun.There is so much blood that Sara (the ME and Will's girlfriend) would find it amazing if the woman would still be alive.Angie was a cockroach. She left disease wherever she went and nothing could destroy her.But it's Angie we are talking about. The woman who leaves when she wants, leaves men and women hating her, and breaks in to Will's home to take personal items from Sara just to mess with her. She just hates seeing Sara and Will together. Will can not be happy.I will say this is purely Angie's book. You get a glimpse of why she is the way she is. If there even is an explanation for that. Sara does come off kinda Mary-Sue like because I think we are seeing mostly from Angie's viewpoint. But I still ate this book up. I love to hate this woman, Lena from the Grant County books was a close second on a female villain/anti-hero but Angie just shines. I never felt that tad bit of protective instinct for Lena that I feel for Angie. Even when I still kept my fingers crossed that someone would finally off her.This book could be read as a stand alone. BUT I'm not telling you to do that. I love these characters. I love knowing their history, I love knowing how imperfect they all are. Plus it's my all time favorite series ever, and I HATE series. Booksource: Edelweiss in exchange for review.My friend Karyn also loved this book, back off us! We are fangirls. Plus she just had a birthday, so we do what we want.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-01-08 07:04

    FIVE SHINEY STARS (Wish I could give it 10). It was just AMAZING and best one in this series. It was fantastic! I just love this series! It is my favorite series. I the characters especially Will Trent. This book is the best one and will probably end up being my favorite of 2017. I feel that when an author does so well with the character that it really makes up the book to be fantastic. In the two weeks since medical examiner Dr. Sara Linton joined her lover, agent Will Trent, on the payroll of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, everything’s been fine, except of course for Will’s uneasy sense that Angie Polaski, the long-estranged wife he just can’t get around to divorcing, will never let him alone. How right he is. A Glock found near the scene of a grisly murder is quickly traced to Angie. Now Amanda Wagner, the GBI deputy director who mercilessly rides Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell, wants to know what Angie had to do with the death of Dale Harding, a thoroughly miserable human being who was a detective with the Atlanta PD. The case is already a minefield: the murder scene, drenched in blood that isn’t Harding’s, is the construction site of the All Star, a nightclub owned by basketball star Marcus Rippy, who’s well-known to Will as the man who raped Keisha Miscavage and, thanks to his feral manager, Kip Kilpatrick, and an army of lawyers, walked away two weeks ago without so much as a summons. The forensic evidence indicates that at least one other person was seriously wounded at the murder scene before vanishing. Forget about indicting Rippy for the crime; Will would be lucky to interview him. Just when it seems that Will’s ties to the case couldn’t become more fraught, Slaughter interrupts the action for a hundred-page flashback to the week before the killing. Things get clearer but no less tense.Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a searing novel of love, loss, and redemption. A twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.If you have not read the Grant County Series first I recommend doing so due to a huge spoiler.

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-01-10 13:13

    Wow! This one had the pacing of a runaway train, revelations fast and furious. Will Trent and Sara Litton, trying to make a go of it, both scarred from past events. Bodies found in a warehouse, one an ex-cop, another an apparent drug addict. A warehouse that is owned by an very rich, talented basketball star who was recently the main suspect in a rape case. But the big zinger, is that it all related back to Will's wife, the very troubled and troubling Angie. Amazing back stories to the characters, and a big connection to the past. The above the law status of elite athletes who live in and of another world. Handlers, fixers, manipulators and those who will do anything to keep the money train rolling. Secrets, one big one, and a stellar ending. Some graphic violence but a riveting story. ARC from Netgalley.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-01-12 07:10

    FANTASTIC BOOK!! Great series. I'm very devastated the series is over. I love Will Trent, one of my all time favorite book characters.

  • Mo
    2019-01-08 14:17

    Karin Slaughter is probably one of my favourite ever authors. Discovered her last year and devoured most of her books. Will Trent. Not my usual "hero"! But I love and adore him. He is vulnerable, he is sweet, he had a fucking horrible childhood. He wants to overcome it. He has a past with probably the cuntiest fucking cunt that I have ever read about. Angie POLASKI Yeah, let's call her Polaski, cos, in no way does she deserve the name TRENT. Jeez, I hate her - she has no redeeming features.. NONE. AT. ALL. She is not happy, so if she is not happy, then the people in her life should not be happy. Especially Special Agent Will Trent, with whom she has had an association with for over 30 years. I won't go on about her because she just makes my blood fucking boil.Had we enough of Will and Sara? Not sure. Yes, we had to have the storyline and, sorry, at times you had to suspend the disbelief.... c'mon? Really? But, it is KS, so I can suspend that disbelief and go with it.She'd seen death too many times to believe that there was such a thing as angels, but if there were demons in the afterlife, Angie Polaski was out there cackling like a witch ...We are defintely going to have another book. Gotta find out how Cunty McCuntface fares out.He looked up at the crystals sparkling in the chandelier. The weight started to lift off his chest. His lungs filled with air. He was floating... "Fuck!" she screamed again, "Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!" She banged her fists on the steering wheel until the pain shot into her back and shoulders. She stopped...Yeah, well, you are some fucking crazy bitch, that I fucking hate. The door was cracked open. Will was on his back. His eyes were closed ....Dear Lord, that scene alone did me in!!!Thanks to NETGALLEY for the copy. Thanks to KARIN SLAUGHTER for being in Delft, The Netherlands in June where I could buy a few paperback copies for me and some friends and get them signed. So glad we could read it before the actual US release date. Hurry up and write the next instalment ...==================================================== I was lucky to be able to buy the paperback on Sunday and meet the author ... but now I just got an ARC from Netgalley. I love you Will Trent.I kind of prefer the other cover ...

  • Gary
    2019-01-10 14:14

    This is the 8th book in the Will Trent series by author Karin Saughter. I have read several of the books in this series, although not in order and enjoyed them all so I was not surprised that I also enjoyed this one. Extremely well written and the series just gets better and better for me as I get more familiar with the characters, I only wish I had read them in order.This novel focus's on Will's wife Angie Trent with the first half featuring Will and Sarah investigating an Atlanta crime scene with the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. The warehouse where the body is found is connected to a high profile athlete who is a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. Special Agent Will Trent has spent the last six months investigating the athlete for the brutal rape of a woman. Will's wife Angie appears to be involved but how much and why.The second half of the novel is told from Angie's perspective who is very difficult to like and gives Will plenty to think about. It all leads to a breath taking conclusion.Another excellent novel from Karin Slaughter.I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review.

  • Stacey
    2019-01-20 09:05

    This was a stunner! My second read in the series. What's not to love about Will Trent?! ....and Angie, Angie, Angie, this woman is a tick under my skin.Will is called to investigate a murder at an abandoned warehouse. He soon finds out the victim is an ex cop and the warehouse belongs to a famous local basketball player, Marcus. Marcus has escaped raped charges in the past and has a high profile lawyer on his side. There's a lot of blood at the scene and it looks like there's another victim. Somewhere. Bloody footprints are found leaving the scene. Medical examiner and love interest, Sara joins the team. Who left the scene? Was it the killer? What do they know? The first part of the book is in the details about finding answers to those questions while the second part is told by Angie. I liked hearing her side because I really don't like her, but maybe I softened a little. It was a fleeting second. I'm back to not liking her. It's a rapid fire read and the low key romance developing with Will and Sara has me anticipating the next in this series.

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2018-12-30 07:09

    I was prepared to wait until September to have this book on my Kindle but one of the best things happened. My good friend Mo was lucky enough to meet Karin Slaughter in person at a book signing in Delft, The Netherlands and she had the book signed for me and mailed it off. Look at this!!! I was so excited that I would get the chance to read it sooner than the release date here in the states. It is always challenging to write a series that will keep the reader engaged and invested in the main characters and where the story will take them. I have loved the Will Trent Series from the beginning and after reading TKW I still do.The Kept Woman is the 8th book in this series. Karin Slaughter took her time with each character, molding them in such a way that you continue to love who they are (with one exception) and accept, albeit with frustration at times the changes that take place along the way. This plot was written in such a way that you know she was careful with the way it would unfold. With each chapter the reader experiences suspicion, anger, frustration, hopelessness. The reader also experiences an understanding, acceptance, relief and happiness. At least this is how I felt.When I finished Unseen I truly had no idea where KS was going to take this series. Will, Sara, Amanda and Faith had already gone through so much. So I decided to go back through my highlights of Unseen to get a feel for things again. I’m putting a few in a spoiler for those that may read the book.(view spoiler)[Angie had all claim to him….not just his body, but his memories.She was his Pandora’s box that only opened when it was time to mete out pain.Will says….”I’m going to answer every question you ask me.” “Every question?” she repeated.” “I mean it, Sara. No more secrets.” Will looked out the kitchen window. His resolve started to slip. Will felt like he was stepping out onto a tightrope.(hide spoiler)]. Boy, these came to be true in TKW.While I loved this book I hated Angie, aka Cunty McCuntface, with every fiber of my body. She is toxic, dangerous and evil. I FUCKING LOATHE HER. It didn’t matter who you were no one was free from her hatred. It ran through her blood. Here is my fuck you. Come on karma!What happens in TKW only strengthens the hold that Angie has on Will. Will Trent is one hero I will not soon forget. He is perfectly damaged and fragile in a way most men are not. Not only does he have physical scares from his past he has emotional scares as well. We find how deep these scares go when Will is faced with making some decisions that he won’t be able to change. But can they be forgiven? As the shit storm is swirling around all of them Sara’s resolve starts to crumble. She is a strong woman but there are some things that are hard to forgive and forget. Would she ever be at the center of Will’s world? Was she already? Will’s self-preservation has taken a new turn. Where will these two be when the dust settles.The Kept Woman was another FANTASTICinstallment in The Will Trent Series. Beyond Will and Sara, I loved Amanda. She is brilliant. I loved Faith. She is cunning. I love that these two women have Will and Sara’s back. I loved the last chapter in this book. Waiting for the next installment will be painful but I’ll manage. I’ll be conjuring up all sorts of possible scenarios as to what will happen next but I’m sure they will be wrong.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mandy
    2019-01-12 12:15

    Karin Slaughter has such a knack for writing books that make you want to keep reading until you’re finished. This book was such a page turner. A mix of love, deceit, rape, beatings, pimps, murder, and the price fame gives you. If you like heart pounding, page turning, heart stopping drama... then read this. Fantastic book. Was hoping the ending would have been a little different but still enjoyed it :)Slaughter reminds me of a female version of Harlan Coben!

  • Brenda
    2019-01-12 07:17

    I've been a fan of Karin Slaughter's books for quite awhile. In all honesty, I've liked some better than others, but I've never felt like I wanted to give up on this author. And I still don't!This book portrays Will, Sara, Amanda, Faith, and Angie as accurately as they have ever been. I got to know Angie better in this book, and I still don't like her. I'm glad the author hasn't tried to change my opinion with this book. Lots more history and background on some of these characters made this an excellent addition to the series. I know there are some who find the violence in Slaughter's books to be too much, but this does not bother me. If you're already a fan, I think you'll be happy with this book. For new readers, I recommend starting with the first in the Grant County series in order to get to know these characters and to know what Slaughter is capable of doing with them.

  • Emma
    2019-01-20 08:17

    *Character spoiler below*My only complaint with this book, if you can call it that, is that in bringing Will's wife Angie to the fore, Slaughter has overshadowed the other characters to such a degree that I might never think about them the same way again. She's like a massive black hole, swallowing the space in the book and acting as the driving force of everyone else in it. Or, to put it another way, she's the one in bright, vivid colour and anyone else is insipid, pale nothings. Honestly, the metaphors could go on and on. She's real in that jagged, hateful sense- like a character straight out of The Wire or a true crime book. I despised her from the first moment of her page time to the last. A feeling of sick fascination alongside a gratefulness that I don't know anyone like her. Still, I understood her, especially as more and more of her life was revealed. I can't even say that I even hold some of the things she does against her. She's resourceful, crazy, and vicious as a junkyard dog. But she makes sense. So much so that her opinions on other characters started to edge into my own. I mean, Sara Linton is a bit of a wet weekend, right? All a little too nice and emotional and prissily perfect. Bleh. I get it Angie, I really do...As well as the blindingly awful person that is Angie, there was, of course, a twisty plot and drama and death and surprises etc etc. For me, it was all just a stage for her to stand on. So whether that means Slaughter deserves a bravo, or not, is uncertain. She can write the hell out of bad women, that's for sure. I can't wait to see some more of that.Many thanks to Karin Slaughter, Random House/Cornerstone, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Aileene
    2019-01-12 09:19

    ~Pls note~Rating interpretation: 5 Stars- if ALL my expectations and criteria are met.NO Stars - Goodreads stars are not enough as the story blew me out of the water.This tune kept popping in my head when I was reading this book esp when the most hated heroine is mentioned, so let's do some (lyrics) tweaking on this famous song, shall we?SHE'S BACK. THE MOTHER OF ALL BITCHES. SHE'S MORE CUNNING THAN EVER. AND SHE EVEN NICKED A LIPSTICK THIS TIME.Guess who's back, back again
Polaski's back, she's a c()nt. 
Guess who's back, guess who's back?
Guess who's back, guess who's back? 
Guess who's back, guess who's back?
 Guess who's back?Karin Slaughter created a monster, 'cause nobody wants to see Polaski no more
They want Will and Sara, living their HEA
Well if you want Trent 8, then this is what we'll get 
A little bit of weed mixed with some hard liquor
Some new characters and a few revelations that will jump start the reader's heart quicker
Then a shot when everyone get shocked at Polaski's cuntness.

You waited this long for book #8
'Cause Angie's back, she's on the rag and ovulatingEveryone tried to shut her down But it feels so empty without her.And get ready 'cause this shit is about to get heavy.Coz she f*cked everyone over, ", Angie!"For the actual video, here's the link: waited for this book for so long and didn't want to read it as yet. I was thinking to wait until the next book is out to avoid long wait in between esp if the ending is a cliffy one. But my friends Mo and Sharon's progress updates and reviews were too spectacular that I cracked and gave in.Looking at the title,The Kept Woman,I seriously thought this was Sara Linton's story so imagine my shock when I read this bit.“Dark hair. Smart mouth. Killer body.”“It’s registered to Angie Polaski.”Oh yes. TheIS DEFINITELY BACK and it goes without saying that she definitely played her role as a c()nt really well.Too well actually. She stole the show and no matter how I detested her because the way she f*cked everyone over and how she let every character played her game and ran round circles, I have to admit, it was PURE GENIUS.SHE WAS A GENIUS Will Trent, whom I viewed as a very strong, perceptive and smart hero had shown weakness and confusion here. He even crumbled in this installment. But no matter because, Will,still. Our confident Dr Sara Liston was no exception either.From harassment notes to her stolen lipstick - yes, Polaski is a real piece of work that she didn't just steal it but uses it at the same time. Quite alarming, yes, but what's truly unnerving was that she had gained UNlimited access on Sara's laptop. Seeing and reading all patient's information, her emails esp the ones she sent to her sister revealing her innermost feelings. I was forever waiting for them to find out about it but it didn't happen and I was very disappointed. I can't wait for the next installment. If Angie can pull all these whilst she was severely disadvantaged because of injuries,yes, games after games after games - so so SO deliciously good, what more when she's not.I hope the next book isn't the last one and it will be about Will Trent manning up, facing Polaski and bringing her down.This story makes your brain work.. I was forever analysing. Just when I thought I had things figured out, it would take off in another course.Must Read.Rating this Goodreads Stars Are Not Enough.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::GOT A HOT DATE WITH AGENT WILL TRENT TONIGHT.

  • Debra
    2019-01-13 07:19

    Karin Slaughter slays once again! Terrible pun, I know, but true. I love Karin Slaughter books. As in I love, love, love them!!!!! I love her characters. I love that they are damaged, make bad choices, make good choices, use terrible judgement, risk all for those they love, they feel jealousy, they take chances, they screw things up, they make amends, and they feel real emotions. Plus, I love a little grit with my murder mystery. Slaughter can be counted on to being the blood, the carnage, and raw emotions that come with the territory of writing about murder, police procedures, FBI investigations, etc. . I have a background in forensics and I love the research she puts into her books. From the language, the technique, crime scene analysis, etc. She does her homework and it shows in her books.Keep in mind that this is Number 8 in her Will Trent Series. If you have not read Karin Slaughter, what the hell is wrong with you? Seriously? Get over it already and dive in already. By dive in, I mean start with her Grant County series and when they ends, begin reading the Will Trent series. That will give you all the background you need. Some books can be read as stand alone books, some not so much. Many of her books do nicely as stand alone novels, but why read out of sequence when you can binge read Slaughter (that is what I did).The book begins with a body being found in an abandoned warehouse and Will Trent is called into investigate and his girlfriend, Sara Linton is called in as the medical examiner. Hence begins the tale. This book weaves story-lines together and Will's past and present collide. The usual characters are in this book. Ones we loves and ones we love to hate (Angie). Revelations come out during the investigation that threaten to harm relationships - both personal and professional.There is a lot of drama and of course, because this is a Karin Slaughter book, there will be murder, blood, drama, mystery, and investigation. Slaughter is great with character development which is why I feel strongly about readers starting with the Grant County series and then tackling the Will Trent books. Through both series we see both Will Trent and Sara Linton grow and evolve. We also see those who are close to them grown and change as well. It is well worth the journey.I am choosing to not tell too much about the plot. What I will say is what I have said over and over and over again. Karin Slaughter is at the top of her game. She is not slowing down and her writing is consistent, strong and captivating. Now what to do with myself until the next Slaughter book comes out...See more of my reviews at

  • Brenda
    2019-01-21 11:59

    OMGoodness!!!!!!!There WILL be a review to come.(see what I did there?)

  • Aestas Book Blog
    2018-12-28 11:09

    So you guys all know I'm a romance reader at heart. I crave reading about love stories. I want to feeeeeeel all the feels, I want to swooooooon and squeeeeee over the sweetness (yes, the extra letters were needed for emphasis), I want my heart to break a little, then be put back together. BUT. I also sometimes need a mental breather. Y'know?Sometimes you just need to hit refresh mentally and emotionally in my experience as a reader. And I accomplish this by stepping outside of my usual happy book place and reading a book from another genre. My second favorite genre to romance is thrillers and mysteries so today, when I was feeling the need for a palate cleanser, I read this book.Two years back, I read another psychological thriller/mystery by this author that I was really impressed with called Pretty Girls (my review) and what I was most struck by was how STRONG a writer Karin Slaughter was. Like seriously. She immediately went on my list of authors to read more of and so back when this book was released I bought a copy and it has been just waiting for the perfect mood to read it. That turned out to be today for me.This book is basically a murder mystery. It's a complex whodunnit that almost feels like... okay, imagine if a Criminal Minds were made into a movie but was presented in a book formate. Lol. Make sense? It's an intricate story with a lot going on but in a mystery that just made it that much more interesting because honestly I had no idea who dunnit at all and I loved that it kept me guessing."Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller -- a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption." I found this to be an addictive, compelling, intriguing story that was constantly evolving and bringing new developments into the light alone with little twists that would pop up to spiral the story in a new direction. I also really like her storytelling style. Her books are very informative -- they don't assume you know anything so you're never confused, but they also don't bore you with needless explanations. Instead they present something, explain it, and move forward. Her characters are intelligent and perceptive, and the mystery is well crafted. There were a couple slower parts to the story but for the most part I was deeply engrossed and wanted to keep on reading.You can read this book as a complete standalone. I learned (after I started reading it) that it's also part of the Will Trent series but honestly you can read this alone and don't need to know anything else to understand this book. I know this isn't my usual review style, but it's also not my usual genre of choice. The more I thought about reviewing this book the way I normally do it, the more I realized that no matter what I said, I'd be giving something away so all in all, I think it boils down to this: Whether you're either a romance reader looking for something different to read or a thriller novel lover, I recommend checking this book out if you're in the mood to read a really solid, well written murder mystery!Rating: 4-4.5 stars! Contemporary Thriller/Mystery, can standalone.Buy THE KEPT WOMAN (Kindle) Buy THE KEPT WOMAN (Paperback) Buy THE KEPT WOMAN (Hardcover) Buy THE KEPT WOMAN (Audiobook) Buy THE KEPT WOMAN (iBooks) __________________________ For more of my reviews, book news and updates:✦ Main blog: Aestas Book Blog✦ Facebook Blog Page✦ Twitter ✦ Subscribe by email

  • Paulo Pires
    2019-01-08 11:55

    «Chiii ... que livro!!!!! Os meus comentários já o antecipavam ... estava nas mãos com uma grande obra. A obra ... Eu também sabia que não descansaria enquanto não o terminasse. » (comentários após ter terminado o livro).Este é o 8º livro da série e o último publicado pela autora da série #Will Trent. Para mim o melhor livro de Karin Slaughter que tive oportunidade de ler! A estrutura do livro divide-se em três partes.A primeira parte (Segunda-feira), começa com uma nova investigação de Will a um homicídio numa obra abandonada. É aqui que o leitor se surpreende com a constatação de que houve uma evolução na relação de Will e Sara! Damos por nós a tecer as mais variadas hipóteses de como esta evolução aconteceu e quais as repercussões disso nas personagens nucleares da série.Mas não é necessário passar muito tempo para termos um contexto bem explicito e bem suculento das implicações e dos impactos na vida de cada uma das personagens. A escrita de Karin Slaughter mostra uma consistência na evolução espantosa! Quando achamos que atingiu o cume eis que chega e nos espanta! Ao contrário de outros autores os seus capítulos são longos, não carecem de mecanismos que agilizem e façam a leitura fluir. É assim, crua e naturalmente revestida a seda, que serpenteia enfeitando o leitor e o atinge com precisão!«pura luxúria de boa ficção» (comentários após ter terminado o livro).Ao fim da primeira parte, sensivelmente a meio do livro, estamos com tanta curiosidade que descuramos o sono sem sequer pestanejar. Estamos lá, fomos engolidos pela trama, dividimos a angustia, a raiva e o carinho, em doses iguais, pelos personagens que acompanhamos. Queremos dividir o fardo que carregam e fazer parte da equipa!Na segunda parte (“Há uma semana”), um feedback que nos coloca bem no centro da acção, que nos permite ver as ligações antes difusas e incoerentes e agora tão mais racionais e lógicas. Aqui há uma personagem que se revela a si própria e a nós… (e mais não posso dizer) :) «Senti ... o prazer que autora teve em levar o leitor por um caminho tortuoso, em ludibriá-lo, em impor-lhe a duvida do principio ao fim. Para mim este é o meu preferido entre as grandes obras de Karin, (...)Ler mais em:Opinião: A mulher oculta de Karin Slaughter |Livros e Marcadores

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-12-27 09:24

    Love this series! The writing is amazing! Emotions all over the place, and the plot had me on the edge of my seat. (view spoiler)[Angie is just something else. She's definitely getting more dangerous, or maybe we're privy to all of her crimes like never before. I think she pushed Will too far this time.IT IS OVER Even though they have a love/hate relationship, what Amanda told Will in the end warmed my heart. (hide spoiler)]Can't wait for the next one.

  • Judy Collins
    2018-12-31 15:12

    A very special "thank you" to Edelweiss, William Morrow-HarperCollins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Top 50 Books of 2016!One of the top female crime writers in the world, Karin Slaughter returns following her stellar performancePretty Girls, landing onMy Top 10 Books of 2015andCop Townlanding onMy Top 30 Books for 2014with her continuation of the highly anticipated,#8 Will Trent Series THE KEPT WOMAN. Man, "Slaughter can describe evil to the very core." Set in HOT Atlanta,avid fans of Will Trent, Sara, and Angie (triangle)--you are going to devour The Kept Woman,and at the same time, get to catch up with Amanda, Faith, Tess and familiar characters. Worthy of all the hype. Please, someone make this into a movie/TV series.What is the holdup?Angie is a woman we all love to hate.Please let her DIE! Will is a flawed manyou want to root for. Sara is a woman you want a happy ending with the man she longs to build a normal life with. Angie is always an ongoing source of pain, drama, and conflict. One nasty Bitch. When will the nightmare be over?Does Angie have a heart? Will she ever let Will go and be free from her clutches? Damaged, beyond comprehension, Angie a former cop, private eye, and a pro at running scams, running girls, running pills. How has her past caught up with her present? The novel opens when the body of an Atlanta ex-cop, Dale Harding is found in a warehouse dead. There is evidence of another victim from the blood.Special Agent Will Trentknows the warehouse, a club belonging to the athlete, famous basketball star-Marcus Rippy, having just walked on a rape charge. He had repeatedly brutally assaulted his victim. A woman. Keisha Miscavage, her accuser. Now he is hiding behind lawyers.Dr. Sara Linton is on the case as well as her lover, Will Trent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. All things point to involvement with the nasty ex-wife Angie Polaski, Will has been trying to divorce for years. She is in and out of his life like a bad revolving door.Of course, Amanda and Faith are thinking maybe Angie is dead. (we/Sara can only dream). She is too evil to die. From flashbacksof events prior to the murder, the missing woman—a violent struggle. Blood. The Glock is registered to none other than Angie Polaski. Will’s ex-wife, and the woman he met as a girl. Dark hair, smart mouth, killer body.Angie had been in and out of Will’s life like a mosquito since he was eleven years old at the Atlanta’s Children’s Home—both surviving abuse, neglect, abandonment, torture. Wounded. Dangerous. Desperate.Now Sara wonders what Will has been up to. Has he been honest? Seeing Angie behind her back?Angie was a cop for ten years and she knows the ropes. Will did not love her and according to him, he had been searching for her for a year to file divorce papers. Their marriage was a scam, something they had literally done on a dare. Will had promised Sarahe was doing everything possible to end it. She had never questioned him until now. There had to be more to the story. A break in, notes left on the car. Someone murdereda cop who was on Kip Kilpatrick’s payroll in the service of Marcus Rippy. Also Angie had been stalking Sara, Will’s girlfriend. Sara is beyond upset picturing Angie at Will’s house touching her things. Angie always dictated the terms of their relationship. A twisted lover. One minute Angie loved him and the next she hated him. Disappearing months or years at a time. She was a constant in his life for nearly three decades. Everyone has a past. Will’s scars were bothemotional and physical. He did not trust easily and it had taken years to break the hold Angie had over him. Was it broken? Now, what had Angie gotten herself involved in now? Where was Angie and how was she mixed up in this mess? The new intense crime (Will/Sara/Angie) will bring them all together once again. Rest assured, you will be anxiously awaiting the next Will Trent thriller! “Damage. Some people had holes inside of them that they spent their lives trying to fill. With hate. With pills. With scheming. With jealousy. With a child’s love. With a man’s fist. Badness doesn’t come all at once. The dominoes fall over time. You hurt someone by mistake and they let you get away with it. Then you try hurting them on purpose and they still stick around. And then you realize that the more you hurt them, the better you feel. So you keep hurting them and they keep hanging on, and the years roll by, and you convince yourself that the fact that they still stand by you, means that the pain you cause is okay. But you hate them for it. For what you do to them. For what they do to you.”My favorite part: “Anybody know a doctor?.” Sara said, “I’m NOT touching her.” (go girl)! On a serious note,once again Slaughter uses violence as a powerful tool in her crime writing. A means to talk about greater issues affecting society, and women; with domestic abuse, child abuse, and rape. She is a pro at portraying women who have suffered horrendous abuse and demonstrates how they put their life back together. From the social aspects to the horrific tragic acts of the past, emotional and psychological damage and how they interact within relationships and careers.An EW online interviewwith the author: “The Kept Woman,like many of my novels, explores how the events of the present can rip a tunnel into a long-gone past,” Slaughter tells EW. “But more so than anything I’ve written, this book comments specifically and strongly on domestic abuse. Violence against women is an epidemic, transcending geography, and social status, and in The Kept WomaI aim to shine a light on this heartbreaking truth.”HINT!I want to see Karin Slaughter featured on Younger(one of my favorite shows), an American comedy-drama television series, from the creator of Sex and the City , based on the Pamela Redmond Satran’snovel of the same name-- created and produced by Darren Star. With the frequent mentions of rival HarperCollins, would love to see Slaughter featured in a guest appearance scene with Maggie, played by Debi Mazar (Maggie is a 40-something lesbian artist, who is Liza's roommate and closest friend). Please, let it be a more prominent scene than the short clip with author, Jennifer Weiner. If you blinked your eyes, you would have missed it.If you are a book lover, you will love the name dropping of top authors and publishers. Between sharp tongue, witty, Maggie- and Diana Trout, played by Miriam Shor (temperamental head of marketing) at the publishing house where Liza just got a job by pretending to be 26 years old—Slaughter’s appearance would be a total riot and ratings would soar! Also make sure to reference, Will Trent, Angie, and Sara to maximize the drama.Cannot wait for Season 3!NO one can write like the "Queen" of crime thrillers, Karin Slaughter! Have read them all—highly recommend. For new readers, Slaughter does a good job with a backstory of the characters from previous books. As always, plenty of action, crime, violence, and corruption. The Will Trent series• Triptych (2006)• Fractured (2008)• Undone (2009), Genesis (UK/Australia title)• Broken (2010)• Fallen (2011)• Snatched (2012, ebook novella)• Criminal (2012)• Busted (2013)• Unseen (2013)• The Kept Woman (2016) JDCMustReadBooks

  • Christine
    2019-01-16 12:13

    Make a date with The Kept Woman. Will Trent is back!I am such a huge huge HUGE fan of Karin Slaughter. I have been wishing away the year, desperate to find out what happens next to Will and the gang. We need Will Trent and Sara Linton back in our lives. It has been far too long a wait. Two years, folks!To best enjoy this book, you need to have read every single book in the Grant County and Atlanta/Will Trent series. I recommend you go out there and read them ALL. You will not regret it. You will probably fall in love with Will Trent. You have been warned.So we return to dark crime in urban Atlanta, Georgia. Happily we see Dr Sara Linton is now working with the police, as a medical examiner. I have been secretly willing Karin Slaughter to do this. Good to see she was reading my mind. Will Trent is still partnered with Faith Mitchell, and their GBI boss is the irrepressible Amanda Wagner. Our team is together. They just need a dark, corrupt, bloody murder case to tackle. An ex-cop is found dead in an empty derelict night club, connected to a basketball player celebrity. The crime scene reveals that this man was not alone. Added to this is a link to Will Trent’s absent occasional wife, the very mixed up Angie Polaski. Can Will, Faith and Sara uncover what really happened in the night club?I love the way Karin Slaughter gives us complex beautifully damaged characters. The Kept Woman very much focuses on Angie and what made her who she is. This was a resounding success, in my opinion. I think we needed more insight into Angie. I have followed Angie from the start, back in Triptych and I have to say, I am fascinated by her damaged messed up angry personality. Angie is a very believable. She is a product of abuse and neglect, of a terrible past in the care system. I can completely understand her obsession with Will and how she doesn’t want to let go, because of their shared history. Will Trent is her diametric opposite. He has come through hardship and it has made him a better person. He also had Amanda Wagner keeping a kind of motherly watchful eye on him and now the love of Sara. For Angie, life has sent her alone on a rather dark path.As for Sara, it is fabulous to see her returning to her work with the police. This is where she is strongest. It was the right time. This will set her up for some wonderfully dark murdery adventures in the future with Will. I can see it now. We find her currently negotiating her fairly newish relationship with Will and his excessive baggage. Sara is stronger now, following her terrible grieving years. I do love the contrast, between the broken Sara (of a few books ago) and the current Sara. She is incredibly patient and loving with Will. I adore Will and Sara together, as a couple. I could gush non stop about Will and how lucky Sara is! She really is! I have such a Will Trent crush.This is a beautiful, dark, twisted and complex crime read. Emotional at times, disturbing at others: it is amazing. I loved every moment and raced through it, at top speed. The weaving of past histories and current crime investigative events was incredible. We get to know more about Will and Angie, and see some delicious Sara thoughts. Fingers crossed that the next book gives Sara the attention she very much deserves.Karin Slaughter fans, you will not be disappointed. Here is to plenty more Will and Sara stories! Karin Slaughter, at her best!Recommended!

  • Adrian Dooley
    2018-12-31 09:18

    Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is the 8th in this series of Will Trent novels from Karin Slaughter but I have to admit this is my first read in the series. The story revolves around cop Will Trent and his estranged wife Angie, an ex cop and general bad egg who is a career criminal. Both come from broken homes and spent their childhoods together in care. This seems to be a book of two halves. The first dedicated to Will and his team(including his new romantic partner Sarah) as they are called to the murder of an ex cop, a man who was known as a bad cop and was well known for his gambling, involvement with long sharks and criminality. They discover another body and also a bloody trail of footprints leaving the warehouse believed to be a womans. The warehouse is part of a project involving a huge local basketball star, a man Will had recently investigated on a rape charge but was met with a wall of lawyers and ultimately the case went nowhere. The second half of the book is told mostly from Angies perspective as all the characters interweave as the story unfolds and seem to be all interlinked to each other in some form or another. As stated this is my first read of any of the Will Trent novels so I was not familiar with any of the characters or their back stories so am reviewing from that starting point. I have to be honest and say that I didn't really enjoy this novel and found it a bit of a grind to get through. It was overly long at 500+ pages and felt like some more disciplined editing could have knocked 150 pages off the novel. The first half which introduced most of the main characters and some of the plot lines I found the hardest to read. It moved at a very slow pace,not a bad thing in itself, but it seemed to meander long with too many descriptive passages of the surroundings etc. It really distracted from the storyline for me. The second half certainly picked up pace and I finally started to enjoy the novel as we switched to Angies perspective. The pace picked up immensely. The story started to open up and the whole thing zipped along and became a really good story. Unfortunately it didn't last as the story became too unbelievable and a little ridiculous. It's quite a nasty book, again not in itself an issue, but there we're very few if any likeable characters, most being sadistic and shallow one dimensional characters. The ones you should care for and be rooting for, Will, Sarah etc were just pretty irritating for the most part and I didn't have much empathy with them. I would say I really enjoyed the middle third of this book but not the other two thirds. It's way too long. The story starts off as quite intriguing but seems to lose the run of itself with way too many characters being linked to each other from the past. A book ultimately not for me.

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    2019-01-10 12:05

    For those who have recently become acquainted with Karin Slaughter via her latest bestselling psychological creepy thriller "Pretty Girls", and who might want to keep that relationship going with this newest book, "The Kept Woman" - STOP RIGHT THERE! No, No, No, No... Do not lift the fly leaf. This is a SERIES, though the publisher has sneakily omitted referencing it - and do yourself the immense favour of starting Will Trent's Georgia police story at its beginning, as I and Slaughter's diehard fans have. Triptych is where you will first meet the gawky, inscrutable Will Trent and become a witness to his childhood in low places. His brittle boss Amanda will feature sharply, grating on his novice efforts and chafe you as he silently overcomes his hidden disability to outmaneuver her politics and solve crimes. Through pages more and many titles later, you will understand Will's partner Faith's insecurities and secrets while they struggle to solve crimes of greed and filthy depravity. You might step back out of this series, into Sara Linton's before hers merged with Will's; more mystery, suspense, agony and flaws. And with Will Trent, his childhood shadow, Angie Polaski, his alter, her crutch, the unwanted and ill-used cast offs from dirty cops, junkies, thieves, murderers, hookers... But he's the good cop and she's evil as Hell. That's only a blink in the sagas of these individuals, as the plots to save souls and eliminate vile boogeymen whistle by in the full texts of their lives. Read them you must, and then, open the door to more of Angie's story. I asked myself, how did Karin Slaughter do this, again? How did I hold on, like Will, for Angie's redemption? Page after page, I saw the good in her. Page after page, as pitifully contemptible a creature I do think that I have never met on a page - yet continued to hope for more. And Karin... Will, Sara, Angie... the readers... we all dangle, waiting for what comes next... The rest of you: Catch up and read the series and THEN "The Kept Woman". Until then...

  • Mackey St
    2018-12-24 13:09

    Generally I adore Karin Slaughter and the Will Trent series. The one character from this series that I cannot stand, whose very presence in the book is like nails on a chalkboard, is Angie - Will Trent's wife and a semi/sort of vice cop as well. She is a horrible person, a terrible cop, a "monster" as she proves to be in this book. The fact that the entire book is about Angie makes it difficult for me to give a fair review because I simply can not stand her as a character. That said - it was a good read, it is typical Karin Slaughter writing style and in this book we, who are avid followers of Will Trent, get a lot of deep background on both Angie and Will and their past as kids in the system. It did not change my opinion of Angie - is it obvious? :/If you follow the series then this really is a "must read." If you like Karin Slaughter but don't really care about Will Trent/Sarah/Angie and their triangle then skip this one and read one of her stand alone novels. Cop Town is MUCH better.

  • Jean
    2019-01-05 11:21

    Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future. Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them. That’s how the blurb for The Kept Woman begins. This is a difficult book to review without revealing too much of the plot. Let me begin by saying that if you have never read any of Karin Slaughter’s books, do not start with this one. Dare I say that her books are an acquired taste? The Grant County series is where you really should start because it sets the scene for what happens in the Trent series. Slaughter’s plots are gritty and violent. Her characters, while real, can often be unlikable, even contemptible.Karin Slaughter’s seventh Will Trent novel, Unseen, featured one of her readers’ “favorite” villains, Lena Adams. Just when we thought it couldn’t happen, she followed it up with The Kept Woman, which, much to my dismay – and, I hate to admit, delight – spotlights Will’s estranged wife, Angie Polaski. Calling her a she-devil would be too kind. Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has known her since childhood when they were in the social services system. It was a harsh, abusive system. Will emerged with physical and emotional scars and a loving heart. Angie uses the damage done to her body and her psyche as an excuse to take from others and to inflict pain. Will married her out of a sense of neediness. Even though they are separated and he is in love with Sara Linton, who is now a medical examiner with the GBI, can he ever really be free?Who is “the kept woman”? As I read into the book and learned about the powerful, privileged athletes and their wives, particularly the secrets of one woman, it seemed obvious. After finishing the book, I wondered if perhaps “kept” didn’t have other meanings as well. Keeping a relationship going past its expiration date? Keeping a relationship going when one is not yet ready to fully commit? Keeping a woman hostage to doing whatever one needs her to do because of her past and the secrets she is unwilling or can’t afford to reveal?Don’t get me wrong – Angie Polaski is not a nice person. She does some nasty things in this book. But Karin Slaughter almost had me believing that she might have some goodness in her. Everyone does, don’t they? Will Trent acts like a bit of a butt head in the beginning of this one. I don’t think it was intentional. He just doesn’t always see things the same way that other folks do, especially women. Oh, he comes around eventually, but somebody gets hurt for a while. Sara. Sara has baggage too. I liked her better in this book. Even though she gets hurt and angry, at least she seems to give Will the benefit of the doubt, which is amazing, because there is NO love lost between Angie and her. None. Faith, as usual, is solid. She’s Will’s loyal partner, and she’s a smart, solid cop. She works a case until she drops. Amanda, her godmother and Will and Faith’s boss, is her typical tough boss – for starters, but she knows when to play the softie card.I’m not going to go into the storyline in any detail. No spoilers here. It starts out with Will, Faith, Sara, and a couple of Atlanta PD officers working a bloody murder scene. The second half of the story backtracks a few days and shows us Angie’s part in all of it. Then it fast-forwards to the current day. There is a lot of action, quite a few shady characters, and many moving parts. Most of it wasn’t impossible to figure out, but that’s beside the point. As the blurb says, it’s about those relationships and the many, many secrets.4.5 stars

  • Amy
    2018-12-30 13:23

    Full review on www.novelgossip.comWill Trent is back y’all!!!! If you’re like me and have been anxiously awaiting the latest installment in this series, rest assured you will not be disappointed. Karin Slaughter has done it again! She always manages to break my heart then slowly and painstakingly pieces it back together and this was no exception. This will be a difficult review for me to write as I do not want to even hint at a spoiler, but here we go!This is the eighth book in the Will Trent series and I strongly recommend reading the previous books before reading this. Slaughter has so deeply, and beautifully, developed all of the characters in this series and you would be missing out on critical pieces of this story if you started with book eight. In fact, I really think you should go all the way back to book one in her Grant County series to start. It just makes the most sense as these series basically merged with the first book in the Will Trent series. I’m so happy that Sara is now officially part of the team! It was inevitable but I was still really pleased to hear it. I was also super excited to see that Will and Sara are still together. Those two just slay me. Sigh. Then we have Angie. Another sigh. I think it’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has read this series loathes this woman. She’s completely despicable and has zero redeeming qualities. Imagine my surprise to feel sympathy for this monster while reading this book. I know, I’ll take my cone of shame now. But it really was absolutely fascinating to find out more about Angie and what made her who she is today. I still don’t like her, but Slaughter made me understand her more.Per Slaughter’s usual style, this book is dark, disturbing, violent and graphic. I love that but just a warning if that stuff is not your cup of tea. Slaughter’s writing is so vivid that I really can picture myself standing in a crime scene next to Will, Faith, Sara and Amanda. The descriptions she writes really force the reader to imagine the scene and even if it’s twisted and sick, I really like being able to immerse myself so fully in a book. Fans of police procedurals will gobble this book up as its a well executed classic in that manner. She does manage to inject humor right at the perfect moment, which the reader needs just as much as the characters. Speaking of these characters, they are so beautifully complex. I’m always emotional when reading her novels, mostly because I’m so invested and connected to these characters and their lives.If you couldn’t already tell, Will is my favorite. He’s so vulnerable and wounded but so very love able. The action really ramps up in the second half of the book as it flashes back and adds details I was dying to learn. Slaughter brilliantly drops bread crumbs along the way that leave the reader frustrated, confused, and most importantly entirely engaged and dying to find out what really happened. Then she hits you with constant twists and turns that always manage to shock and awe me. I could blab about this book and series all day long, but without revealing plot details, I’ll stop here. Just read this book, this series, read anything by Karin Slaughter. She’s a master at her craft and as Gillian Flynn is quoted as saying on the front cover, “I’d follow her anywhere.” Amen Gillian, amen.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-01-11 10:21

    Another great addition to this series. For me this one was more Angie and her past which still leaves me wanting more Will. This is definitely a series to read from the beginning and I am looking forward to the next with great anticipation.

  • Theresa Alan
    2019-01-03 07:14

    The first few chapters I read so fast I thought my eyes might bleed because I couldn’t close them lest it slow my reading. Beginning with the discovery of a murder of an ex-cop, this case hits close to home quickly for Will Trent, both personally and professionally. For the rest of members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigating with him, the complicated twists and conflicting clues make this case mind bending.WARNING: Virtually every character in this book has been brutalized or brutalizes. I like suspense stories where it starts with a dead body and then the detectives, medical examiner, and the folks who work in the various technology fields supporting law enforcement have a mystery to solve. This novel involves a lot rape and the prostitution of minors. While none of it was graphic, it was still tough to read.However, the writing is outstanding, so I tried to ignore the endless cruelty. Some of the police work was a little too technical for me to really understand, but the mystery was compelling—I stayed up way too late to finish the book. This is part of a series, but I hadn’t read any of the other books and thought it stood on its own just fine. If you can handle a book filled with damaged characters and a lot of brutality, it’s a good novel. Otherwise, I’d pick another writer. I like Slaughter’s writing, but this might be the last book of hers I read because I don’t know that I need to be quite so depressed reading a suspense novel.For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Marta Cox
    2019-01-01 11:04

    A welcome return for me to these characters that Ms Slaughter has created. I loved the Grant County series that first introduced Sara but my heart broke for her when tragedy brought this strong character to her knees . Yet the author had cleverly brought new characters to life with Will clearly being our next leading man. In this book we see Sara and Will still testing the strength of their new relationship but it's about to be well and truly tested because Will's estranged wife Angie is about to set the cat amongst the pigeons !I had to think carefully about this review because I feel this book will divide fans. The first half concentrates on the aftermath of a bloody murder that Will is investigating and the shocking discovery that not only was Angies gun found at the scene of the crime but also masses of her blood! So much blood in fact that Sara quickly determines the chance of Angie surviving is pretty low. Will free falls , the emotional fall out tears him apart but it's the secrets he has kept from Sara that rock their relationship.Ok second half and still so many questions about the almost psychotic Angie remain unanswered. Why was she there and where is she now? Well now the author changes focus giving us a flashback to events from one week ago but told from Angies perspective. Angie has always been a character it's hard to empathise with but here we see how her mind works and can I just say that is one clever and scary female! Without revealing the twists and amazing turns I will say there's almost a feeling of redemption here but note I said almost. Bribery, corruption and degradation all play their part here but when I got to about eighty percent a huge lightbulb went off ! Wow I just didn't see that coming but fear not as it's not over yet!My favourite character was Will with all his baggage and yet he still carries on. Sara I just wanted more from this time . Angie stole the show for this reader but I'm still loving the supporting characters that all add up to make this a complete world that I can believe in. Drama, twists and emotion it's all here and a fabulous length in this tightly plotted storyI was gifted a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Siobhan
    2019-01-10 08:09

    I had such a massive debate with myself before reading this book. I knew from the get-go that I was going to read it (I’d been counting down, after all), yet I wasn’t sure when. The OCD part of my mind said to wait until it was out in paperback, so that I did not mess up my bookshelf. After all, I’ve finally worked my way around to buying the Grant County series, and I’d told myself I would read those prior to the eighth Will Trent book. The fangirl part of my mind said to request it on NetGalley, as Amazon had messed up my shelf already through sending the prior books in the series in a variety of formats. In the end, the fangirl won out. I wasn’t expecting to be accepted – I was lucky last year, where I got to read Pretty Girls prior to release, and I wasn’t expecting it to happen again – but I was pleasantly surprised. After a week of no response, I got back from work to find a notification saying I had been accepted.The fangirl in me went wild. The book was started that night.Like many of Karin Slaughter’s fans, I’ve been holding out for this one. I know quite a few people have had a rant and a rave about waiting so long, but I didn’t mind at all. I loved her Cop Town and Pretty Girl books. In fact, I have my fingers crossed that she will one day turn Cop Town into the first of another wonderful series and give us more of those amazing characters. Remember, a girl can always hope. That’s a slight tangent, though. What I was actually aiming for is a few wise words. The wait was more than worth it. Karin Slaughter has come up with something wonderful with this one. You’ll soon forget that you were waiting for the release, as you’ll be pulled right in from the start.Honestly, the book does pull you in from the get-go. In typical Slaughter fashion, the action begins instantly along with the mystery slowly building. I’ll admit that I worked out one of the main plot points. I know the woman can be cruel, but she was having too much fun to go through with what she was pointing towards. Plus, I would have been quite mad if she had. Then again, maybe not, the woman writes everything so wonderfully that I would have loved the story no matter what direction she took it in. I know I’m being vague with this, but I cannot help it. There were so many important points and I do not wish to spoil things for anyone. Honestly, it’s brilliant – one of my favourites in the Will Trent series.Mostly, I loved how we got to find out more about Angie. I love the woman. She is brilliant in so many ways. Evil, yes, but brilliant. Slaughter writes such wonderful cruel characters. For so long the information we’ve been given about Angie has been snippets here and there, only really coming to light when it reflects upon Will. With this one, though, we get so much more. I’m not sure what the ending alludes to – but my fingers are crossed for certain things. Again, I’m inching far too close to spoiler territory. I cannot begin to explain how difficult Slaughter has made it for me to review this one. It’s one of those ones where all I can do is gush, for giving specifics is dangerous.I can tell you there is a lot of development of Will, though. That is something I can safely say. We’ve been watching him grow throughout the series, yet I think this is the one that really shows how far he has come from the first book. As our eyes are opened to things, so too are Will’s eyes. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the whole Will and Sara relationship throughout the book – I wasn’t shipping it as much as I was in Unseen – but I was content enough with it. That’s just me, though. I’ve been having a real shipping problem as of late. Basically, that aspect was good but it didn’t leave me with as many feels as prior books.I really do want to say more, but I will ruin things. Just know it is great and you will not be disappointed. There are so many twists and turns throughout, so much information comes to light. My biggest problem wasn’t even related to the story. For some strange reason, the copy sent to my Kindle had some kind of fault in it. Whenever the letter ‘f’ was used, I would suddenly start losing the surrounding letters. Trust me, it’s more difficult to work out words than you would think, at times. Plus, I lost all the text messages and written information. I think it was just a glitch in my copy, but it saddened me. I guess my OCD will be content to know I’ll have to go out and buy a paperback copy anyway, just so I can work out what those missing pieces of information were. Still, even with those bits missing it was a wonderful read.If you have read the other Will Trent books, you have to read this one.As a final note, I would like to say a massive thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for once again allowing me to read one of my favourite authors. You cannot begin to understand how happy it makes me.

  • Donna
    2019-01-08 08:20

    While reading this, I thought it was a 3 star read. I'm not sure I liked the split in the story. But at the end, I really liked some of the twists. They were unexpected surprises. So, 4 stars.Given that this is the 8th book in the series, I liked that the characters are making progress, even Angie. This one also gave some of the more damaged and flawed characters some redemptive values. So bottom line, I liked the last half more than the first, but it all worked out in the end.