The Silent Wife
Will Trent #10
Harper Collins Australia
A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she has no reason to be afraid, but she’s wrong. A predator is stalking the women of Grant County. He lingers in the shadows, until the time is just right to snatch his victim.
A decade later, the case has been closed. The killer is behind bars. But then another young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead, and the MO is identical.
Although the original trail has gone cold — memories have faded, witnesses have disappeared — agent Will Trent and forensic pathologist Sara Linton must re-open the cold case. But the clock is ticking, and the killer is determined to find his perfect silent wife …
I really enjoyed this dual time line narrative that brings back characters from the start of the Grant Country series, characters that provide a tension in the protagonist relationship and spotlights crime scenes and policing from that earlier period – Slaughter weaves this complex narrative together seamlessly. As always, this a stunning read.
In the final pages of the book Karin Slaughter addresses the reader, don’t be tempted to read this first up, there are spoilers, but do read. Karin makes some significant points: “In the beginning of my career…I made the decision that what I was writing would matter from one book to the next…that’s why I decided to write frankly about violence against women…it was important to openly describe what that violence actually looks like, and to explore the long-lasting effects of trauma in as realistic way as possible. If I’ve done anything with these two series, I hope that people will look at them as an honest telling of stories we do not often hear about survivors, fighters, mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, friends, and rogues. “
I think Karin Slaughter has succeeded.
A thought that remains me after reading this book, listen to your intuition.
** This is a stunning and at times hilarious interview with Karin Slaughter by Dervla McTiernan https://www.facebook.com/50377417167/videos/622600778612826