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A hard-hitting, devastating, wow of a read, Karin Slaughter has hit this standalone thriller out of the park! The past hunts down Defence Attorney Leigh Collier as she takes on a high profile rape case, and it threatens to destroy her. I am still squirming with reading euphoria having finished this novel. It’s no secret that I love Karin Slaughter’s writing and regularly shout about her books, for me, this is her best novel to date. It most definitely isn’t an easy or comfortable read, it travels into the very darkest of places, including violent sexual assault and drug addiction. This is one of the first novels I’ve read that covers Covid 19, it sat in the background, there, but not overtaking the storyline. From the beginning, when the shadows sucked me down into their spiralling depths and understanding hit, I knew this would be a one-sitting read. I didn’t want to put this book down, even when flinching from the pain that transmits from the page. While it packs an overwhelming punch, it also contains Karin’s unmistakable magic touch. She knows exactly when a lighter moment is needed, when a smirk or blurt of laughter will aid the reader. Yes it made me wince, it also made me consider what makes us who we are. False Witness is powerful and provocative, it explores social issues and violence, and is all the more fabulous for doing that. A LoveReading Star Book, this is a novel that’s going to stay with me for some time.
An ordinary life...
Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defence attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilised - her life is just as unremarkable as she'd always hoped it would be.
Hides a devastating past...
But Leigh's ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average ... a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.
But now the past is catching up...
Then a case lands on her desk - defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It's the highest profile case she's ever been given - a case which could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realises that it's no coincidence that he's chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades running.
And time is running out.
If she can't get him acquitted, she'll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her younger, estranged sister Callie, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice ...
Closing date: 30/06/2021
Praise for Karin Slaughter:
'Gripping, gruesome and emotionally powerful, this is Slaughter doing what she does best' Mail on Sunday
'As sharp and absorbing as ever' Guardian
'Slaughter's novel is both a page-turner and a protest about how often sexual violence is overlooked' Sunday Times
'Tightly written, gritty and wonderfully gripping' Woman's Own
'Gritty and taut, it's an expertly crafted novel' Woman's Weekly
'Another violent cat-and-mouse game in Slaughter's dependable, long-running series' Sun
'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: 24/06/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||24th June 2021|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), 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