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The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter
Series: Will Trent #10
Published by William Morrow on August 4, 2020
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Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognizes the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof. The killer is still out there.
As Will digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake . .
I love this Will Trent series and I’m so happy I was able to listen to many of the previous books with the new audio recordings, all narrated by Kathleen Early. Even though I read The Silent Wife, I heard her voice. In any format, it is an excellent story.
Now on the 10th book of the series, I am totally enamored of the world and its characters. At least our main characters, Will, Sara, Amanda and Faith are precious to me. Amanda, and even Faith, felt less at the forefront, although they did provide some comic relief at times, just because of their personalities. With a serial killer on the loose, it would be pretty dark otherwise. The imperfect, complex characters feel very authentic.
I enjoy the police work and following the evidence and gathering information. There is a strong connection to Grant County, in both this case and personally, for Sara and Will, with flashbacks to 8 years ago when Jeffrey and Sara had been divorced a year. I hadn’t read the Grant County series when I started on the Will Trent series but I’ve since gone back and read all but the final one which I will go read now. I didn’t miss them until this book when I really wish I had read them all first.
There’s a duality to the story with personal and professional aspects. The serial killer began in Grant County when Jeffrey was the chief. With the case continuing, it brings into question whether he made mistakes. It also sends them back to get information on one of the deaths from Lena Adams. She truly is a “grey rabbit.” I’m not a fan of hers and Jeffrey isn’t winning with me either.
Personally, Sara has the painful view of watching as Jeffrey’s possible mistakes are examined. Will always has the difficulty of feeling good enough for Sara, and measuring up to Jeffrey. Will and Sara had a small misunderstanding which they don’t know how to fix, which is ongoing through the case. A relationship is work; while it may be uncomfortable to see them struggle to improve their connection, it is endearing. Their hearts are in the right place but communication is hard.
I loved this so much. I hated having to put it down to do anything else. I was afraid this might be the last of the series but was thrilled to see in the author’s note there will be more! I absolutely fist-pumped and squealed when I read that at 1 am.
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