The Silent Wife

Paperback edition released 15/04/2021

by Karin Slaughter

Part of the The Will Trent Series Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Silent Wife

Another Karin Slaughter novel joins our LoveReading Star Books as an old case is reopened and the team hunt a violent predator.

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.

Liz Robinson

The Silent Wife Synopsis

He watches.

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.

He waits.

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.

He takes.

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...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008303488
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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The Silent Wife 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.

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.

Having stumbled across Karin Slaughter by accident a year or so ago I have now devoured every book she has so far written. I love her stand alones and am quite fond of the Grant County series, but Will Trent has me absolutely hooked.
This is another Will Trent masterpiece.
The way Karin Slaughter writes, her descriptions, her passion, I can see Will, feel his emotions pouring off him. I want so desperately for everything to always be ok for him. He is an incredible detective, but more importantly an incredible human being who is not infallible.
Dr Sara Linton, his girlfriend and colleague, is also amazing. She is highly intelligent, compassionate, empathic, but also like Will has had major trauma in her life.
This novel focuses on the disappearance and accidental deaths of several women. When the team look closer, they discover that actually, it seems there may be a very clever, well informed serial killer in their midst who has been operating undetected for over 8 years.
The book flips between two different storylines set 8 years apart. Will they ever discover the truth and get justice for the families of these poor women?
This novel kept me up late at night I was so desperate to get through it. Then when I had, I wished I hadn’t because I just wanted to get straight back into Will and Sara’s lives. I love the team, I love the dynamics between them all and I want to be a part of it. I guess I am just going to have to go back and reread them all!!!
Couldn’t put it down, highly recommended to anyone.

Amanda O’Dwyer

A riveting, intense, spine-tingling thriller.

The Silent Wife is part of the Will Trent and Sara Linton series. However, it is so good, it can absolutely be enjoyed as a stand alone book. Karen Slaughter is a master at weaving multiple strands together, alternating back and forth between providing the background to the story by bringing us back to the first murder and the initial investigation and forwarding to the present day and several murders later. She does not hold back, as she describes the attacks in graphic detail, that must have required a lot of research. The killer’s methods become more horrific and ruthless as he becomes more practised. The touching relationship between Will and Sara provides light relief in the story. They have both been through so much, that you really will everything to work out for them. This is definitely another winner from Karen Slaughter, that’s impossible to put down. The title is intriguing, it’s fast-paced, gritty and totally absorbing and I cannot wait for her next book.

Adrienne Kinsella

A gritty and gripping thriller from one of the most popular authors around...definitely one not to be missed if crime writing is your genre of choice.

The Silent Wife is the tenth book in Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series, set in and around Atlanta, Georgia. If like me, you're a newcomer to this author's work (how did that happen?), you might be forgiven for thinking that ten books into a series is not the best place to start. You would, however, be wrong. Ms Slaughter's skilful storytelling will take you effortlessly backwards and forwards in time, to provide all the past history that you need to understand where the main characters are at and how they got there.

But this book is not for the fainthearted looking for an easy read. It contains not only explicit and horrifying descriptions of the crimes committed against women in this case but also of some actions by the police, actions we have seen all too much of on our television screens recently, scenes from the very area that the author lives in and writes about. Her meticulous research and great attention to detail make the realism of her work chilling. 

This is a thought-provoking, troubling book, which will be hard to put down and will make you wonder at times whether you are reading fact or fiction.

drena irish

Karin Slaughter 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 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

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About Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe, her novels have all been Sunday Times bestsellers. Slaughter lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. Her standalone novel Pieces of Her is now a Netflix series, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television. Author photo © Alison Rosa The Silent Wife is the 20th book by Karin ...

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