I am a 68 yo disabled veteran who was a medic during Viet Nam. I am retired and live on a lake north of Dallas, TX. I love Audible.
Ms. Slaughter has done it again with this book. And, while it's another very complicated plot, and a story that goes back and forth in time in a somewhat disjointed way, she once again pulls it all together at the end.
It's not one of those "Oh, I have to end this now how do I do that?" endings either. Everything gets tied up in this very sloppy and chaotic knot. (Because, after all, most people's lives are sloppy and chaotic.)
And though the knot is Gordian in nature you can actually follow how it was tied, the way it was tied, and you can see the individual plot pieces all brought together. And they were brought together in such a way as to bring about a logical and satisfactory conclusion.
While I didn't really understand some of Sarah's problems with Will and some of her hurt feelings, perhaps that's because I'm a guy. I was like, "get over it". But I suppose Ms. Slaughter has a better handle on how women react than I do. So I give her the benefit of the doubt on that one. No. Seriously. I loved this book by one of my favorite Authors.
Kathleen Early has one of those voices which has a resonance and depth of quality that makes it unique. She does a great job of distinguishing between characters too. I could listen to her read the phone book and be happy.
Good story, but I'm getting tired of authors who try to force some kind of love tale in the middle of a main character's life. It was totally unnecessary, annoying, distracting and not relevant to the crime drama at all.
This is the second Will Trent book I've read - if I can bring myself to finish it. I thought that switching to another narrator (Kathleen Early, whom I love) would improve the overall series experience. Wrong.
First of all, I can't believe what an underdeveloped, shallow character Will Trent is. He has - on paper - what should be a complex profile, but it's just a lengthy set of facts and flat descriptions. He never becomes 3-dimensional or human. Why would such a slim ghost be the supposed main character? He just kind of floats around characters which actually are fully developed.
Second, there is so much detail about virtually every action and situation that it's far too easy to zone out. Possibly description takes the place of action or characterization.
Finally, in what seems like a contradiction, some of the scenes are so real that they can scare you senseless. I was listening to the description of a heroin addict who was tied up, masked and locked in a confined space; it was so vivid and visual that I got the first panic attack I've had in over a decade. I had to turn off the book, stand up, walk around and leave the room to breathe again. I know it sounds crazy, but the sketch was that frightening!
Given the above (all of it), I'm not sure that I'll be able to finish the book. It's just too spooky and the characters are too creepy.
I almost never review a book which is ironic since I have a Master's in Lit from NYU.
The story goes back and forth from the 70s to present. Murder mystery with twists but you can figure out the likely murderers. A decent mystery but the detail of torture was difficult. The main character was likeable. The first quarter of the book is a blow by blow of a teenager going downhill to a drugged out prostitute. I wanted to stop after a chapter or two. I wouldn't recommend it.
This book just kept moving. It touches on all aspects of human behavior. You can feel how the different characters were effected by their choices in life and their upbringing. This book is not for the timid as it has some pervasive/sick characters. You also deeply feel the suppression and abuse of women and blacks.
I love Karin Slaughter books and Kathleen Early is great! If you have a chance to read many of her books, you will see that she follows a certain pattern and there is always a twist. Great to listen to if you love murder mysteries. This one had me on the edge of my seat and I didn't see a lot of it coming. Great book.