Karin Slaughter's new thriller is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses 40 years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man's deepest secrets.
Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home…
Flash back nearly 40 years. In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is taking her first steps in the boy's club that is the Atlanta police department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city's worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner, Evelyn, are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made. Now the case that launched Amanda's career has suddenly come back to life, and it is intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will's birth and parentage. And they will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed on Atlanta today.
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I like the story itself, except it got very tedious at times with repetitive details about how life was for female members of the police way back when. What annoyed me the most, however, was the narrator; for much of the book, she sounded like a school teacher attempting to get her 3rd graders to share what they'd done over spring break, when in fact she was e.g. describing a gruesome murder. At other times she appeared bored, just sort of plodding along.
Looking back now, I think I may have been doing the story itself an injustice and have changed the rating from 3 to 4 stars.
The story flipping between timelines might be a better read. As a listening experience it tended to get confusing. I had to listen to several chapters twice to try and keep track. Overall the story did not flow smoothly while the cartoonish notion of the 1970's was off putting.
The caricature of how women were treated in the 1970's made the novel almost comical. It seemed as if the author had thought she was writing about the 1870's.
The narration was adequate.
shorten the long meaningless dialogue between the cops.
I couldn't finish it. Maybe there was a good story in there somewhere.
I listened to this book first in the series and fell in love with Karen Slaughter and Will Trent. This book was a masterpiece, it was the kind of book that had me thinking about it when i wasn't reading it and when it was over i has wished it had several more hours to go. The detail were very well written they made you wrapped up so far into the story it was hard to turn it off.
Yes! Kathleen Early was great at narrating this book, putting emotion and aggression where it needed to go. Kathleen definitely brings the words to life!!!!!!!
Definitely the end...jaw dropping!!!!
By far one of my favorite Karin Slaughter's book.
This book was intense and gripped me from the beginning. The story line was different from a lot of crime novels I've read recently, which made it stand out. It was very interesting and kept you guessing, plus it was very easy to keep the flashbacks to the 70's separate from the present day.
I've never listened to any of Kathleen Early's performances before, but she did a great job differentiating between characters. At times, I forgot there was only one person narrating it.
I made it all the way through the book even though it has some of the most gruesome descriptions of torture I have read. At one point, I had to take a break for a few days. The story is well knitted and interesting, but I am still trying to get some of the images and the sick feeling they created out of my system.
This was a great story with moments of feeling the pain of the characters. Kathleen Early is a great narrator, bringing each character to life. Her seamless transition from character to character is a plus. Wonderful not to know the ending before the end. I was definitely caught by surprise. This is my second Karin Slaughter book and I will be getting more.
Karin Salughter did a fabulous job with this book and these characters. I feel like I know them and can not get enough of them. Will's father was a man most poeple would never want to know let alone be related to. But the part I liked the most was seeing the different sides of Amanda and Evelyn. The past and future of the book was thrilling.
The development of the characters. Learning Will's backstory.
She did a great job! LIke her reading and story telling voice.
Nurture vs Nature and at what cost....
Had to pay attention while listening to this story because the plot jumped from a variety of time periods. However this is what I thought made the plot so enjoyable. The ending did not disappoint. This was the 1st book in this series that I have read, but hopefully it will not be the last.
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