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The Last Widow

by Karin Slaughter

Part of the The Will Trent Series Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Last Widow

An addictive hammer-hard read that just slams with impact, and feels particularly relevant in todays climate. Agent Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton have careers where they are expected to run towards danger. However, when they stop to help at a road traffic collision, danger turns towards and overwhelms them. If you haven’t read any of the Will Trent or Grant County Series, not to worry as you can easily step inside and give yourself up to the story. Karin Slaughter’s books though, are so good, you will probably want to hunt down what has come before, so do weigh up whether or not you want to start mid series. The story starts with a blast of action and doesn’t let up. I love the fact that you are expected to keep up. I was immediately hooked, and read the whole book in one fabulous sitting (oh the reading high you get when that happens!). Time repeats itself from different viewpoints which was absolutely fascinating. As I hurtled towards the ending, I had that delicious feeling of not wanting the story to finish, yet being unable to slow down. I just had to know, had to experience, had to feel. ‘The Last Widow’ is fierce, fast, brilliantly compelling storytelling, it’s not only entertaining, it’s also one hell of a provocative read. I just had to choose it to appear as one of our LoveReading star books. 


Liz Robinson

The Last Widow Synopsis

From the No.1 bestselling author comes a gripping new crime thriller featuring Will Trent and Sara Linton It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end...they find nothing. It's as if she disappeared into thin air. A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer's day is broken by the wail of sirens. Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs - their vocations - mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind...

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The Last Widow Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Karin Slaughter doesn't disappoint with this latest offering. A white knuckle ride from beginning to end, simply storytelling at its finest. Highly recommended! Full review


A gripping new Will Trent and Sara Linton thriller taking you on an exploration of the worst aspects of contemporary American Life - kidnapping, radical group killings and more Full review

Jan Kirkcaldy

The attention to descriptive detail was second to none and it's impossible not to play out each scene in your head with full clarity. Full review

Miriam Smith

A mystery kidnapping Grace and Will in the wrong place at the wrong time caught up in an anti-government plot. Full review

Judy Connolly

Fast-paced, exciting, intricate and beautifully put together – Another fantastic offering by Karin Slaughter. Full review

Alexandra Harper-Williams

An action-packed thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat. Full review

Rachel Simons

If you're looking for an exciting book to stash in your suitcase to read on your summer holiday, this is absolutely perfect ! Full review

Cheryl Pasquier

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter is another winner in the Will Trent Series of books although it also stands alone as a brilliant read. A story of terrorism, love, strong characters and good triumphing over evil. Full review


A fast-paced action-packed page-turner of a thriller Full review


Book nine with Dr Sara Linton and investigator Will Trent. Fabulous book that kept me gripped from page one. Karin Slaughter are always a fabulous read and this is no exception. Whether you have read the previous novels or not you will love it! Full review

Lis Soane

Another fast paced, intriguing crime blockbuster from Karin Slaughter. It’s a spine tingling, shocking thriller that starts with an abduction and slowly and compellingly reveals the full horror of the story. Full review

Adrienne Kinsella

A great, easy summer read! This book is fast-paced, full of intrigue and kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. It is a book that once opened begs to be read as the story unfolds dramatically. Full review

Rachel Corlett

If you want the book equivalent of an action film then here you go ! It was brilliant ! Full review

Edel Waugh Salisbury

Karin Slaughter has an engaging and energetic storytelling style that takes you into the depths of her characters and keeps you reading to get to the end even when the clock says it is way past bedtime. Full review

Barbara Gaskell

Set over a period of 4 days, acts of terrorism, kidnapping, cults and abuse are crammed into this intense, psychological thriller. With full-on action and vivid characters I swear I was holding my breath throughout. Full review

Sarah Harper

The Last Widow Press Reviews

Praise for Karin Slaughter:

`I'd follow her anywhere' Gillian Flynn

`One of the boldest thriller writers working today' Tess Gerritsen

`Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled' Michael Connelly

`Passion, intensity, and humanity' Lee Child

`A writer of extraordinary talents' Kathy Reichs

`Fiction doesn't get any better than this' Jeffery Deaver

`A great writer at the peak of her powers' Peter James

'Karin Slaughter has - by far - the best name of all of us mystery novelists' James Patterson

`Raw, powerful and utterly gripping' Kathryn Stockett

`With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last' Camilla Lackberg

`It's big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody - like a perfectly cooked steak' Stuart MacBride

`The best yet' Lesley Pearse

`Amongst the world`s greatest and finest crime writers' Yrsa Sigurdardottir

`Smart, gripping and packed with enthralling characters, this darkly addictive tale will reel you in from the get-go' Heat

`Buckle up for an exhilarating read' Prima

`Slaughter skilfully juggles her twin time frames and delivers a taut, complex and unusually thoughtful thriller' Mail on Sunday Event Magazine

`A great read' Daily Mail

'The best suspense novel of the year' Daily Express

`Fierce, savagely well-written' Metro

`Slaughter judiciously keeps the characterisation of her imperilled protagonists to the fore' Guardian

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008303426
Publication date: 23/07/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008303389
Publication date: 13/06/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780008303419
Publication date: 13/06/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008303389
Publication date: 13th June 2019
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is the No.1 internationally-bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestsellers Cop Town and Pretty Girls. There are more than thirty-five million copies of her books in print around the world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Author photo © Alison Rosa The Silent Wife is the 20th book by Karin Slaughter. Click here to read more about her latest book.

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