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.
©2012 Karin Slaugher (P)2012 AudioGO
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
I enjoy Kathleen Early's narration.
The final chapters were - wow... and opened the door.. the book does get mired down, spanning 40 yrs, between present day Will, and the first case that paird up Amanda and Evelyn Mitchell. I miss the lack of our favorites, Will, and Faith.. but it was interesting to see more of Amanda and Evelyn. The way women were treated on the force 40 yrs ago has me wondering, but the story was good and tied together at the end.
Her interpretation, mood of the main characters, like Will, Amanda, Angie, and Sara.
No... but it was very interesting to listen to on my commutes... sometimes I had to back up as I found myself thinking about something, and missed the next subject of data as it moves very fast.
I missed the lack , or want for more of the main characters I grew to love so much in this series.. meanwhile, I found the final chapters open the door to so much, in understanding Will's past, and his upbringing, and the relationship with his boss, Amanda. I have really gotten hooked on this series.. K Slaughters books have yet to disapoint me. Well worth the price.
YES. The author has an engaging style where I wanted to keep listening even after I got out of the car
Will Trent. He is not the perfect hero but is a good person.
no, but I liked her style of reading. She made a good differentiation of the characters
At times it made me want to cry - it certainly evoked emotions
The book was written in a way as to make you lose yourself in the characters and identify with them. The reader did not take away from that. I was surprised to learn this was not the first in the series and immediately downloaded the first of the series and have not been disappointed although the reader is different.
Slaughter is a good writer and very skilled in the craft of relaying a great story which involves believable characters moving through time and actions. I especially loved the way she weaved historical evolution of gender and race in professional roles through time. I loved this book EXCEPT I know it would have worked well without the explicit detail of torture and use of creativity to devise a new and unique torture method. Twisted minds and the real evil people in the world do not need such contribution added to their repertoire. I do not read Cornwall or other similar writers who feel the need to expound on torture methods. As a professional who has first hand experience of many people in pain, I suggest these writers experience living hell up close and personal and then perhaps they would choose to keep the intrigue and craft of their writing minus the unneeded details of how people can hurt one another. No more Slaughter for me. I'll stick to Baldacci, Cussler,Child and Kingsolver. Great writers, great stories and no cheap thrills!!
Natasha R Zar
It was time well spent listening to this book.
Since the very first Will Trent series book (Triptych) I was so enthralled by him as a character and his obviously messed up background, so it was good to find out where he came from and who his parents were. It was heartbreaking to listen to the events surrounding his conception and birth.
Absolutely. I love Karin Slaughter's books, she is a brilliant writer.
I did not like the way Kathleen Early portrayed Sarah in the book. She gave Sarah a whiny tone that made me dislike her character.
Yes, to keep reading Karin Slaughter.
I was unsure if I liked this book at all but then......it all comes together. I do not normally like a book that flips back and forth from past to present but it was necessary with this book.
I almost like Amanda now. Also, I am close to Amanda's age as the book portrays her. As a professional woman I can relate to the road blocks she faced in her career but I have a really hard time seeing her being controlled by her father and taking the crap she took from the guys on the force.
Will Trent's background is crazy and this book explains it all.
WONDERFUL BOOK Start Karin Slaughters series with the first and you will be hooked.
I have enjoyed the series by Karin Slaughter and the narration by Kathleen Early. This series of books takes place in Atlanta, GA and being from the south, I am naturally interested to read/listen to any book which takes place in the South. Try the series; will keep you interested as you enter underworld of all the characters..............
The summary did not give any indication how sad or sadistic this story was. I have no idea who would enjoy a book like this. I found I just couldn't continue with it, how could someone write this kind of thing and had I known what kind of book it was I never would have read it...which takes me back to the summary which gave NO indication as to what the story was about.
I thought that the narrator did a fair job, I was just surprised that any narrator would want to narrate it.
I can't think of any.
I would have appreciated more detail in the summary so that I would have had some idea as to what the story was about...perhaps a warning of some kind. I know many people enjoy this type of book but I would have appreciated a warning and I never would have loaded it.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
The story unfolded in a series of flashbacks and flash forwards which occurred in the mid 1970s and the current day. Sometimes when books jump back and forth too often I end up feeling the story suffers and I lose important pieces of the plot. Not so in this novel. I absolutely loved this book. Each time we switched "time zones" I learned more about the characters and the story. This book answered many of the questions I had about both Will and Amanda and after the book ended I wanted to immediately read Unseen. I hope it is as good as Criminal!
Yes. At times the images are horrific and so sickening that I can see the pain of it in my mind as real as anything I see in my own living room. Those pictures painted with Ms Slaughter's words are exactly what I hope for whenever I read. I want the story to take on a life of its own.
I tend to listen to my books at 1.5 speed. Some narrators do not hold up to the quickened speed but Ms Early's reading style is good at 1, 1.5 and even 2.
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.
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