This is a wonderful book and Karin Slaughter is a wonderful author. Now, with that out of the way, let me talk about the characters. This is my second book featuring Will and Angie whose 25-year love affair is both aggravating and truly moving. While they both grow and mature, it is hard to watch them take two steps forward and one step back. But they are detectives of the first order and a marvel to behold as they add and eliminate clues throughout the story, with the reader constantly wondering which of them will get to the evil-doer first.
Then, there is Jonathan and his sister, Joyce, both very good people to whom very bad things have happened. Their lives have been completely disrupted by the evil acts of others but, are they beyond repair?
And we cannot forget about the homicide detective. Michael is really the cog at the center of this wheel. He claims he wants to solve the mystery of the murdered little girls. Does he want the glory that will rain down on him if he manages to bring his suspect to justice? Or, does he have other, more personal, reasons for pursuing this suspect?
Karin Slaughter did something here that no other author has managed to do for a long, long time. She had me completely bumfuzzled from the very beginning and just when I thought I knew how the story was going to end, the author took an abrupt U-turn that left me hanging.
It was wonderful!
While I ultimately figured out who the real villain was, I had to wait until almost the end to ascertain his motives and discover who else was involved. But, there were a couple, "And then what happened?" and two "Why did (s)he do that?" left over at the very end that were never answered but balanced against the entirety of the book, the book wins.
First...I agree. The accents are bad (another southerner weighs in), but not enough to turn me off of the book. This author really gets into the minds of all of her characters, creating (with one exception), real people. The story is nuanced and well written. A good reason to get up and drive 50 min to work every day.
I am from the south and have to disagree with some of the previous reviews. I got so caught up in this story that I never even noticed the accent. I had read one other book of Slaughter's, enjoyed it and thought I would give this one a try. Based on how much I enjoyed this one I will be sure to listen to more work from this author.
Say something about yourself!
As disturbing and dark as this was, it was hard to stop listening to it.
Figuring out the truth of Woody
I thought he did an excellent job with this book
too many, but probably the horror for a 16 year old boy who's life was changed forever.
This was my first listen of the Will Trent series. I'm hoping the rest of the series is a well written as this book.
Sometimes I think I'd prefer the book to audible when there is too much fill-in dialogue. I would skim through it quickly if I was reading.
The development of the characters. It took a bit to get into it but then I couldn't stop listening.
No extreme reaction but Slaughter did a good job of having you connect with the characters
It was a little hard to believe the extent of Will's dyslexia and that he could hide it.
Karin Slaughter's storytelling is excellent. The characters are real with flaws. I disagree with the reviewers that did not like the book because the characters are not supermen/women. Will, Angie and Amanda all have personal demons but are more interesting and believable because of them.
Some of the better Dean Koontz novels and in a different genre Ms Slaughter develops characters like Stephen King
Will Trent and John Shelley
The times that Will beat himself up over being dyslexic
I read this after I read Criminal. I typically like to read books in order. Both books are excellent so its good to know that the books didn't get old or stale.
I did like the reader in Criminal better and I notice that the reader for Book 2 is different yet.
Love Will Trent. Whats not to love about a guy who is brought up in the worst of circumstances and still becomes the good guy.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
Yes. I very much liked this book. I wanted to write that I enjoyed it, but the word enjoyed doesn't sit right with such a darkly suspenseful mystery. It was good. I listened to the entire book over the course of two days. Each page of the story moved gracefully to the next.
Will Trent intrigues me the most. He is so completely imperfect. And while he is not "closed" he is certainly not open either. I have a feeling that there are many secrets to unbury over the course of the next books in the series. Another reviewer mentioned that the evil of Woody isn't offset by the other characters because they all have so many warts. I suppose I like the warts. They make the characters more believable; more real.
John. His character is probably not recurrent and I wish he was. Perhaps Ms Slaughter could bring him back as an informant?
Many twists and turns. Great suspense. I have been In a rut with the same authors for many years. Found Slaughter and LOVE her work. Just ordered another.