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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Will Trent is such a complex character, there's no way to describe him in a sentence. Let's just say that he's survived hell and somehow remained compassionate and at the same time, filled with anger. So Will is a big part of the draw. But NOTE: You have to read the previous book in the series to really appreciate this one, because here's the real kicker: in that book you meet a whole slew of 60-something women police officers and ex-police officers, tough women, in some cases distinctly off-putting (Amanda, I'm looking at you); in some cases almost awe-inspiring (Evelyn). Then in Criminal you are introduced to Amanda and Evelyn early in their careers. Maybe because I'm just a few years younger than these characters, but I really adored experiencing the way they fought their way into the police department in the seventies. It's gritty, but it's also funny at times. The historical research is really excellent but not in-your-face. This is the way I remember things. But more important, the old broads (as they call themselves) started out their careers with a case that is heart breaking and which also throws light on Will Trent's current day situation, and explains a lot about Amanda and her motivations in hiring and mentoring him.
Will Trent, but it's a tough call.
In a flash back, when Evelyn refuses to be cowed by a bad experience and mocks it so effectively that even conservative, staid Amanda has to laugh. Pig-Tush.
There is a great depth to the story, don't' rush reading it.
I love her previous books, and have read almost all of them. This one was so different and painful to listen to. I guess listening to so much darkness right off from the beginning with no warmth to speak of was not my cup of tea.
I will read Karin Slaughter again, and hope for the style I have grown accustomed to.
The reader was great, and her voices for the characters distinct.
I can't think of any character that needs to be removed, it was just not a fun read, just dark and sad.
I liked the interactions between Amanda and Evelyn Mitchell when trying to prove that they were capable of police officers.
Yes. Some of the references in the flashbacks are kinda dated. So, if you are 40 or 50 something, you will share a deeper understanding of where Karin Slaughter wit. I also feel this book would appeal more to my girlfriends.
Kathleen's tones are too clipped. The late Anna Fields would have nailed this.
There should have been a warning about the racial tone and sexual violence in this story. The "N" word was used one too many times for my liking and the way in which African Anericans and women were referred to in this book was beyond offensive and often overdone. It was a struggle listening to this book to the end, not because of the story-that was fine, but the constant derogatory references set my teeth on edge. The only reason that I stuck it out was because I was on a long road trip and this was the only audiobook that I had. Lesson learned... I will always download a couple of options, and I will never purchase another book by this author!
40 something devoted wife , Mother and grandmother . Live in Alabama ROLL TIDE Addicted to Audible favorite narrator Natalie Ross,Sab York
One of the top 5 out of many I have in my audible library
Hard to choose, I would say when Will is born the love and determination that Will's Mother had to make sure someone would know he was loved
No this was the first but she nailed it
When he found out the love of a mother was always watching over him , and he was never really abandoned
Great book from beginning to end . I'm going to listen again soon , I always find things I missed in the first listen . Use your bookmarks to keep up with characters names and what role they play in the beginning , the story winds it's tale switching from the past to present
The author captivates all your senses from the get go. I felt I was in it.. The story and plot were not the typical thriller-mystery. Strong female characters, really kept me sucked in...LOVE IT.
This book started out a little slow but did pick up momentum and became riveting. Just about the time I thought the book a bit boring it took off. I enjoyed the rest of the story which was full of surprises.
Mom of 3 saved by her audiobook addiction!
Absolutely. Karen Slaughter is an amazing writer, and a fabulous story teller.
The complexity, and not knowing what would come next. And the way she built the character profiles.
I didn't realize this was a series so this is the first book I read, but I will go back and read them from the beginning.
This book was graphically intense, and some scenes were horrifying in detail, but it is also what made it such a great book. Not for young readers, or those who can't handle gory details of a sadistic mind. It scared me but I couldn't stop reading.
This story is good - not too many twists and turns, but there are many faces which allows for a lot of exposition. Switching between past and present is engaging and makes for good character development. It's a pretty violent story, so be aware of that, but overall very entertaining.
The actress who reads this books did a great job, too - there were no distractions from her voice or characters; she really did the story justice.
This is the first book I have heard by this author and I am going to find another one. This story kept me wanting to listen as much a possible. It was a darn shame I had to go to work....
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