Book Review


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was hooked from the first chapter. Karin Slaughter has an uncanny ability to weave multiple storylines into plot without me even fully realizing what’s happening until it’s happening.

In this book, a young woman is rushed to the hospital after being found hit by a car, and it is discovered that her injuries are not just from the car, but are consistent with prolonged torture. The injuries are gruesome and difficult to read about (and I’m generally not easily grossed out), and of course the GBI finds its way onto the case.

Will Trent and his partner, Faith Mitchell (formerly of the Atlanta Police Department) diligently try to track the clues but discover that the suspect has left very little for them to work with. Of course the plot is complicated by WIll’s on-again, off-again wife (but only in name) – the infamous Angie Polaski. If you’ve read any of the other Will Trent books, you’ll probably despise her too.

Adding even more complications is a new character to the series, Dr. Sara Linton is introduced. She’s an ER doctor at Grady Hospital, the only level one trauma center in the area. She’s the doctor who takes care of the injured woman and naturally becomes part of the case. Before coming to Atlanta, she worked as a doctor in a rural area of Georgia and also as a coroner, and has her own secrets, much like Will and Faith.

This book will suck you in right from the start and keep you spellbound right until the end. There’s twists and turns and little revelations about the characters that will have you wanting to read more, not just of the book, but of the entire series. If I have one suggestion, don’t start this book late in the day. If you’re anything like me, you’ll promise yourself “just one more chapter,” multiple times, until you look at the clock and realize it’s 3am and you still haven’t finished. But it’s definitely worth the missed sleep. Karin Slaughter killed it with this book and I’m looking forward to more of the series..

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