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A hard-hitting, fast-moving slicing wow of a book. An old case is reopened when new evidence appears, and a violent predator hunts his next victim. It’s no secret that I get jump-up-and-down excited about Karin Slaughter’s novels. She has the most wonderful ability to pitch full-on sharp storytelling and blasts of drama alongside thoughtfully handled social issues and relationship dilemmas. This could easily be read as a standalone, however there are two series that link to this novel, Will Trent and Grant County. Both series are just too good to miss, and I highly recommend them. For those who have read both sets, in this particular book time slides along a different path in order to make two time frames work. The author’s note perfectly explains why at the end, but (big but), make sure you don’t read the author’s note until you have read every last drop of the novel! Will Trent and Sara Linton work with the rest of the team, while the past runs alongside and does some serious meddling. Please note there are some fairly graphic descriptions of medical examinations and brutal attacks within the novel. Karin Slaughter doesn’t shy away from highlighting a distressing subject matter, which she mentions in her notes and the last part of her acknowledgments. While graphic, it is not gratuitous, and I felt every word that made me wince was necessary. The Silent Wife is another winner of a read, it sent goosebumps skittering down my arms and this, her twentieth novel, has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book, Book of the Month, and Liz Pick.
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...
Closing date: 31/03/2021
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Another glorious Will Trent thriller. Karin Slaughter is a master, who draws you in and keeps you hanging on by your fingertips until the very end. Full review
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 unrivalled' 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
'The queen of the explosive thriller' Good Housekeeping
'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
Publication date: 15/04/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 23/06/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||23rd June 2020|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,|
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|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
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.More About Karin Slaughter