[Review] The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter: “Gritty, twisty, complex”

Posted 20 September, 2016 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

[Review] The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter: “Gritty, twisty, complex”The Kept Woman (Will Trent, #8) by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow on September 20th 2016
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 480
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
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Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.
Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of the acclaimed standalone Pretty Girls returns with this long-awaited new novel in her bestselling Will Trent series—an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges the Georgia detective into the darkest depths of a case that just might destroy him.
With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are 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 searing novel of love, loss, and redemption. A seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller, it marks Karin Slaughter’s triumphant return to her most popular series, sure to please new and diehard fans alike.

Sometimes I read a book by a well-loved author and I think,”wow, that was their best yet!” and sometimes I think, “wow, that was so classic [author]”. This book is classic Slaughter to me. Gritty, compact, twisted and complex.

*spoiler alert* This book focuses a lot on Angie, a character I want to understand but really don’t, and a character that I’ve never held much regard or sympathy for. She doesn’t want WIll, but doesn’t want anyone else to have him, either. She’s juvenile and insufferable. Plus, it seems like she keeps getting away with murder. Her vigilante streak is annoying.

Also, I admit that I am ready for Will to begin making strides with his past, and find a way to let Sara in. She’s been more than patient with him. She’s clearly in love with him. When faced with stress and an opportunity to let her in, he buries his head in the sand and pretends whatever is happening isn’t happening. Again… juvenile. Maybe it’s a product of their upbringing but I want to reach through the book and shake them both.

Sara… I mean in or out. Every other page she’s decided that Will doesn’t love her and she’s drunk while trying to deal. BE IN, SARA.

So I know everyone hates Amanda but I love that old Battle Ax. She’s a tough cookie, extremely smart and every once in awhile she lets that softness shine through, like the scene with Will when she tells him she used to come see him at Community Day and had considered adopting him.

Anyway, I’m really hoping that this book marks a turning point for Wilbur Trent.

As for the case in this book… whoa. So much to take in, so much to sift through. What turned out to be the murder of a crooked cop (but a cop nonetheless) takes us through an abusive marriage, a controlling NBA wife, a dip into prostitution and drug running, a case of stolen identity– and Angie is at the center of this tornado. You know what, I take it back. Bad guys get dead. Angie’s vigilante streak can stay.

This is an excellent read! Quick, it is not. It is long and thick and complicated. Can’t breeze your way through… but find some time, sit down and put this in your face!

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