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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It was riviting and morbid. I love scary stories...the more gruesome the better. This was so horrific that I was afraid to finish it at one point. Of course I had to though!
The female cops! Thank God I live in the 21st Century!
She is a good narrator. But I feel she could have done a bit more. Not bad though.
The birthing. UGH!
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
This one took some intestinal fortitude - - I literally listened to parts of it while squirming in discomfort. But, even given that, she's such a good writer and the characters so interesting you cannot help but to appreciate and excellent writing style. The characters are facing down their pasts and, like so many of us as we face the future, willing to risk everything to make what has happened to us palatable. I did at one point worry that this was the case where a woman writer was deliberately overly graphic so she could be one of the "boys," but I realized that I was being sexist and unfair since violence and evil don't give much regard for gender, and the author was being true to the story. Good for you, sister. The narrator is also first rate and subtly changed the voices to make the story really flow smoothly. I hadn't a clue this was part of a series and didn't miss any references because of it. I will, however (after I screw up some more courage), listen to more of this author's works.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
How this book ever got past a publisher's review is beyond me. I realize this is an uncharitable review, but my purpose is to simply spare others. All of the charitable reviews for this book seem to come from women. So it may be a case of male negative bias, but my criticisms do not stem from the gender issues. This writer has taken on way too many characters in this story. I found myself needing a pre printed program of the names and their relationships to the story line. The flashbacks are often awkward, poorly placed and gimmicky. The story line is predictable and juvenile. I could go on, but it...as well as the read...would be a total waste of time.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Grady Memorial Hospital, slums of Atlanta, drugs and poor little rich girls gone bad . . . and the scum of the earth that use them, abuse them . . . If you've ever been in and around Atlanta, you will recognize these places and the faceless women that haunt the "red light district". Even their own families wash their hands of these girls. This audiobook is chilling, frightening and like another listener said, best anti-drug campaign ever. It's more though. It's tough love, healing from the worst of circumstances. The book has so many twists and turns; it's a great listen. Don't miss it.
Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.
Thought the story and the writing were great. Should have just read the book rather than listen to the audio. Kathleen Early was completely disconnected from what she was reading and constantly, constantly placed the emphasis on the wrong part of the sentence. It was annoying, to say the least, but I really did enjoy the whole story despite Early.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
This was my first Karin Slaughter book, so I did not know the characters. My guess is that if I had started with "book one" of the series, it might not have been so difficult for the first several hours. After getting the timelines sorted out and the "who's who" understood, the book became very interesting and engaging with an interesting plot and lots of suspense. Overall, it was good enough that I am now starting the entire series with book one. The reading was well done.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
I usually wait until I finish a book before rating/reviewing it but I thought I should let folks know that if you downloaded the free sample and were less than impressed (as I was), don???t let that dissuade you. I???m about two hours into the story and it???s riveting.
I love this Karin Slaughter series. This has been my favorite book in the series to date. I don't want to give anything away but the way she went back to 1975 and present was so interesting because it gave us our first glimpse of tough as nails Amanda Wagner as she first started out on the police force. It was great to see what made her develop into the force of nature she is now. I wish I could say more but I don't want to give a thing away.
If you have enjoyed the characters of Will Trent, Amanda Wagner, etc. before, this is A MUST READ !
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
During the late 1970's and early 80's my wife was the chairperson of the NOW chapter in two different communities, one of them an epi-center for the ERA struggle just south of the Georgia border. I marched with her and remember those days with great affection and pride. So it is very disappointing to me that this story, which is partially set in Atlanta during the days when women were first struggling to gain a toehold in police departments around the country, was so lacking in so many ways.
After several hours of painfully slow character and relationship exposition, much of it reminiscent of poorly written romance novels, I almost gave up and put it away, but I pressed on, hoping for improvement. While the plot finally came on-line and managed to engage me slightly, the writing was heavily larded with the most obvious of cliches and over-burdened with pop culture allusions meant to recreate the period. If you have a favorite TV show, recording artist or television commercial from those days, you may listen with complete confidence that it will pop up at some point as Slaughter works her way through what I am sure was an actual list of "evocative" details she had compiled. It was ludicrous.
Finally, since I found the narration flat and inexpressive, I realized that this was exactly the sort of instance for which the 2X setting on my iPod had been designed. For the first time ever, I used it. While this happened at a point more than halfway through the book, it did get me to the end of the marginally interesting plot more quickly, and that was a blessing.
Anyone who has read James Lee Burke's brilliant novels knows that, in the hands of a fine writer, social commentary can work wonderfully well in crime fiction. In this case, however, a really good concept fell victim to the unrelentingly pedestrian prose.
Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.
I agree, it was longer than it needed to be, but I did enjoy it. Some found fault with switching from the 70's to present time but I didn't mind. It was nice to learn how the women intersected all those years ago and to find out who was the lady in the white hat.
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