Monday, July 31, 2017

Mystery Playground Recommends: Karin Slaughter

Today we're starting a new series called Mystery Playground Recommends. This is when one of our team chooses an author who's work they love to recommend as a body of work, rather than just one book. Kerry Hammond kicks if off today with an ode to the work of Karin Slaughter. 

Karin Slaughter is the author of seventeen novels. She started her career with the Grant County series, featuring pediatrician and part-time coroner Sara Linton. There are six books in this series and prior to writing the last book in the series, Beyond Reach, she began a brand new series featuring Will Trent. There are eight books in the Will Trent series and the most recent, The Kept Woman, was published in 2016. The two series have experienced a crossover; a character from Grant County has entered Will Trent’s world. Readers of both have delighted in the commingling and continuation of one of the best characters Grant County had to offer.

In addition to writing about Grant County and Will Trent, Slaughter intermixes some of the most suspense filled standalone novels you’ll ever read. The most recent, The Good Daughter, was perhaps her best book yet. Stay tuned on Mystery Playground for a review of the book, which releases from publisher Harper Collins on August 8.

Slaughter is a gifted storyteller who never seems to run out of ideas. Her plots have twists and turns and the reader is guaranteed a surprise when the final page is turned. The characters she creates are well-developed and realistic, although you sometimes wish the “bad guys” were a little less so. If you lock your door and leave the light on, you will have no problem finishing any of her books.

Slaughter’s books aren’t beach reads, nor are they light and fluffy. But if you’re ready for an intense ride and a satisfying read, she is definitely an author to try.

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