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The Silent Wife Reader Reviews

The Silent Wife

Amanda O’Dwyer

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.

Adrienne Kinsella

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.

drena irish

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008303440
Publication date: 23rd June 2020
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,