Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter is the eighth book in the Will Trent series. The book is published by William Morrow and was released yesterday, September 5th, 2016. 

The book opens up with a prologue -- a heartbreaking and mysterious scene about a woman watching her daughter die, while holds her in her arms for the first time in her life. We also learn that this mother's life is also in danger. 

We see Will Trent in the first chapter of the book where he's at the vet's office getting his dogs teeth cleaned, when he gets called because a retired policeman has been murdered. 
The victim had been a friend of Will's partner's - Faith Mitchell's - mother. The construction site where the body is found belongs to a rich athlete with deep political connections used to getting away with anything he wants - including rape. And since Will is the one who's been trying to make sure he gets punished for the rape, the case becomes even more complicated.

Once at the scene Will and Faith learn that the blood all over doesn't belong to the corpse. It belongs to someone else, who probably has minutes not hours to live. 

With that kind of set up, you can see why this book is hard to put down. The characters of Will, Faith and Sara are rich and complex. I learn more about them each book. The events are believable as the plots builds and builds until the pressure on Will is crushing. 

Slaughter examines tough topical themes in her books, and this one is no exception. Her books are though provoking as well as entertaining. 

The ending is satisfying. My only advice is set aside enough time to finish once you start, because it's super hard to put down. 

Karin Slaughter will be at Bouchercon in New Orleans next week. 

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