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The Silent Wife (2020)

af Karin Slaughter

Serier: Grant County (7), Will Trent (10), Sara Linton (14)

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Slaughter’s 10th thriller featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent begins with a killing at the state penitentiary. In the course of the investigation by Will and his partner Faith Adams, one of the prisoners involved, Daryl Nesbitt, tells them he can assist them in finding out about the crime in the prison if they help him establish his innocence. Nesbitt claims he was framed for the serial killings of women eight years earlier by the former police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and his partner Lena Adams, and he wants exoneration for those murders. Ordinarily Will and Faith would dismiss him out of hand, but for two facts: they know that at least Lena was a dirty cop, and they have to admit the serial killer seems still to be active, in spite of the fact that Nesbitt is in jail.

The story goes back and forth in time from different points of view to revisit Jeffrey’s original investigation. The matter is complicated by the fact that Jeffrey was married, before his death, to Sara Linton, the medical examiner who is now Will’s girlfriend. Reconsidering the case reopens painful memories for Sara, and Will is consumed with insecurity, exacerbated by Sara and Will’s shortcomings in communicating with one another.

But the overwhelming sensation felt by the characters, including Jeffrey in the past and Will, Faith, and Sara in the present, is revulsion over the brutality of the rapes and murders.

As gruesome as they are (and Slaughter depicts them in horrifying detail), the author’s real point, as she explains in an Afterword, is to shed light on violence against women, and the enduring effects of the trauma - at least among women who survive.

In a tense and thrilling run-up to the denouement, we learn who the killer really is, the significance of the title of the book, and how all of the characters cope with the repercussions of the case.

Evaluation: Karin Slaughter simply never disappoints. I tend to avoid books involving violence against women, but she treats the matter with such compassion, illuminates so much that should be brought to light, and writes so skillfully, that I always make an exception for her books. Make no mistake, the crimes she depicts are gritty and appalling, and the aftermath for women is tragic.

Fans of the series as well as new readers will appreciate all the series background Slaughter supplies by virtue of the need - in the story - to look back in time. ( )
  nbmars | Jan 4, 2021 |
Check out my full review at https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/silent-wife-karin-slaughter/

Wow. KS has blown all expectations out of the water with this one. I was so excited for Will and Sara’s story to continue, and Karin Slaughter did not disappoint. It’s amazing how she has managed to keep these characters interesting across so many books. If you’ve read the series since the beginning, you’re going to want to read this one asap. That’s all I’ll say for fear of spoiling anything–it is 100% worth it to go in blind. Once you've read it, visit my blog and expand the spoilers for my full thoughts! ( )
  caroline.bookends | Dec 9, 2020 |
Long story short I guessed a few of the small turns as usual, but I had to reread the page where the characters realized who the bad guy was three times because I had not seen it coming AT ALL. I had lowkey forgot the character even existed as an option. It was a pleasant surprise to be surprised and have everything still line up so well.

Long story long, I really like Karin Slaughter's writing, and this series in particular because it read like a crime show. You can start with any book you want and the beginning very quickly and neatly wraps up all the background information you really need from the past books (even with this one being the tenth book in the series). I like the contrast between the characters and how easily Slaughter makes side characters come to life in a way many crime/thrillers books miss out on. The main characters already have so much life and it's easy to empathize with them as they hate them whatever it is she wants you to do you're doing it. In my review of The Last Widow which came before this, I said one of the best parts of crime/Thriller books is really feeling second-hand anxiety from the characters and this continued that nicely.

One of my only real "issues" with the writing in this book was that it felt like she tried to cram a little too much internet slang into the first half only for the second to be lacking in it. A balance was needed there. At the end of this ARC (and I hope it will also be in the finished copy), there was a brief message from the author explaining the time gap technology-wise between the books as this one was flashing between scenes 8 years apart whereas the books have been written over a span of almost 20 years (Will Trent starting in 2006, but Sara Linton appeared in the Grant County series that began in 2001). I think that accounts for the use of more internet slang than the previous books but again, it felt much heavier in the first half for some reason. If you can see passed that the second half feels more smooth and enjoyable, and I really did enjoy it.

I just really like that it feels like I am following along and know what's happening but then even though the twist didn't line up with my thinking at all once I sat for a moment I really could see how it lined up. I'd have liked it a bit more of they didn't open up a conversation about so many issues within the police and justice system only for the conversation to not happen, but otherwise, I really liked this. ( )
  Jacea | Oct 31, 2020 |
As an avid reader I am somewhat ashamed to say that this is the first book I have read by this Author, but it certainly will not be the last.
This is a thoroughly entertaining engaging read from page one, a descriptive imaginative Police procedural mystery with several twists, well written with excellent characters. The story alternates between present day Atlanta and a seemingly closed case a decade earlier in Grant county featuring characters from previous series, but works perfectly well as a standalone story.
According to the Author's note and I quote "I bet you guys didn't notice that I've been secretly writing love stories.
Really gritty, violent love stories, but still.
She is right she should know at times quite graphic and gruesome, at others sweet and tender, also surprisingly Cops without all the usual flaws of drink and drugs.
Totally utterly recommended. ( )
  Gudasnu | Oct 7, 2020 |
In Atlanta wird eine junge Frau überfallen und vergewaltigt. Die hinzugerufene Polizei erklärt die Frau für tot. Doch dann erkennt die Rechtsmedizinerin Sara Linton, dass die Frau noch lebt.
Acht Jahre später gibt es einen ähnlichen Fall. Doch der Täter von damals sitzt im Gefängnis, obwohl er immer seine Unschuld beteuert hat. Will Trent soll die Sache aufklären. Dazu muss er den alten Fall neu aufrollen, den der inzwischen verstorbene Mann seiner Freundin Sara Linton damals aufgeklärt hatte. Dafür muss er sich auch mit Daryl Nesbitt im Gefängnis auseinandersetzen.
Ich mag die Bücher von Karin Slaughter, muss aber feststellen, dass dieser Band doch einige Längen hatte. Trotzdem hat mir dieser Thriller gefallen, der auf verschiedenen Zeitebenen spielt. Der Schreibstill allerdings lässt sich schön flüssig lesen.
Die Charaktere sind sehr gut und individuell dargestellt. Sara und Will sind ein sympathisches Paar. Ich finde, dass die beiden gut zusammenpassen. Aber in ihrer Beziehung ist Saras damaligem Mann, Jeffrey Tolliver, immer noch sehr präsent. Außerdem ist Sara nicht wirklich offen zu Will. Das belastet ihre Beziehung natürlich. Dazu kommt natürlich der Fall, in dem Tolliver eine nicht unerhebliche Rolle spielt. Für Sara wird dieser Fall also zu einer Reise in die Vergangenheit. Aber auch für Will ist es sicherlich nicht einfach, sich mit der Vergangenheit zu beschäftigen, aber er lässt nicht locker.
Wie immer bei Slaughter gibt es Passagen, die ziemlich detailliert und drastisch beschrieben sind.
Die Geschichte ist spannend und die Auflösung war für mich auch überraschend.
Mir hat dieser Thriller gut gefallen. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Sep 22, 2020 |
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