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
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This addition to the series was structured around Will Trent's boss, Amanda and when she was first promoted to detective. In the beginning of her career, in the 70's, she was faced with quite a battle, blazing a trail against the chauvinistic, boys club that made up her department. Her first big case was one that no one wanted and thought not to be much of a case at all, until she started connecting multiple, torturous murders of local prostitutes. The story line jumps back and forth from the 70's to current day, surrounding the old serial killer case and a new body with the exact same torturous markings. Amanda is thrown right back into the middle along with all of the nightmarish memories that accompanied the first gruesome case. The investigation gets very complicated, when confusing new evidence is made available through DNA technology. An interesting twist takes us back to Will's first bizarre encounter with Amanda and new information is revealed about his cryptic childhood that surprises everyone.
The ending was very unexpected when a time old mystery is uncovered and solved. I'm glad that in this addition to the series, the story did not dwell on Will's ex (Angie), she wast peppered throughout but not prevalent. Kathleen Early did a good job narrating and kept the story moving along at a good pace.
I don't write too many reviews on audible but I am an avid listener. I am persuaded to write a review here because I just couldn't keep listening to this book! I spent about two hours or so trying to see if the story would improve or get more interesting, but it did not.
There are two parallel story lines, one in the present day featuring the protagonist Will Trent, a Georgia police officer, his new girlfriend, and his boss named Amanda.
The other story line takes place in the 1970's and seems to be following a predator hunting prostitutes on the streets of Georgia, and a much younger Amanda as a new police officer.
The only thing is neither one is interesting. The author seems to get so lost in mundane detail the storyline is lost. For example, Amanda in the 1970's storyline is sent with her female partner to investigate a possible rape in a slum, but so much prose are given to chatter in the station (meaningless), chatter between Amanda and her partner, details about what purse her partner has, her partner chattering about her husband, them sitting at a burger joint getting food and the excruciating detail of alka seltzer dissolving in a glass, how it bubbles, how it tastes, how it feels...... (stuff like this).
Present day plot line also is so caught up in what the characters are thinking about things that have NOTHING to do with the plot that I honestly (even after hours of listening) am not sure what the main plot IS. And of course we have to be given in excruciating detail things like what a plaster wall is like when Will is knocking it down (we are not told why), but at least we know the feel and weight of the hammer, how his muscles feel as he swings, the way the plaster looks in each layer, the way it feels when it gives way, the way the air feels and smells as the plaster comes loose, the temperature in the building as the hours pass..... But we seem to be kept in the dark on what people's motivations are, or for pity sake WHY anything is happening.
Bottom line listening to this book is like riding on someone's shoulder doing a "day in the life" ongoing narrative of every step taken, every bite of food, every random thought.... until the tedium drives you mad.
Sorry I know that this is one in a popular series but I will never pick up a Karen Slaughter book again
This was the BEST book of this series! MUST read the previous books to appreciate it and the story of Will Trent's life.
Yes, especially when she was speaking as Sarah.
Brought out many strong emotions.
Can't wait to begin the final book in this series. Can't imagine it being as good as this one. That said, I will admit it was a little too "Gory" with the details of abuse.
This book is the story of what happened to Lucy Bennett and several other girls whose addictions got the best of them. It provides answers for Will Trent, one of the main characters and an agent with the GBI who is fairly conflicted throughout the book. Overall it's a sad story with an ending that resolves everything, but leaves one feeling somewhat disappointed. This was my first Karin Slaughter book, and I'm not sure I'll listen to another one.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Scarey, intense and brutal...
Learning about the beginnings of Trent.
Haven't listened to Early's other performances yet.
If you start reading Karin Slaughter, start from the beginning so you will know the characters, they are all as awesome as this one and some even better!
Everything! This was the first time I had read a book by this author and did not realize it was the 6th in a series. I intend to go back and read the former books but I usually like to read them in order if I am following a character. Having said that, I loved the way the present ran into the past and how things were connected. This book goes into a lot of Will Trent's personal family history so it probably answers a lot of questions in the former books but it was a very enjoyable read.
Typical good vs. evil but variations along. Also, from a female's perspective and from a male's perspective. The characters were flawed at the beginning of the book but I really liked them so much more at the end and it explained a lot of each character's behavior. Can't think of any book I would compare this to but I will be reading more Karin Slaughter books.
All of them. I guess I would say Lucy first because she was the first one who made an impression on me. Amanda Wagner seems so cold at first but I ended up liking her once I understood what had helped make her what she is today. Gotta admire her. Also, the love of the doctor for Will; she always stood by him. I had never read anything by this narrator before either and wasn't sure I would enjoy a female narrator but no disappointment there.
If I had time I could have. I listed to it every opportunity I could.
Very nice surprise never having read anything by this author before. Catapulted her up on my list.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
Karin Slaughter's books are always gripping and suspenseful, keeping you keyed up and turning pages, impatient to learn the final outcome. In "Criminal," the 6th in the Will Trent series, she follows the same pattern, but adds some interesting twists.
This story is written at least half in flashback. It reveals the past history (in 1974/5) of the main characters and their relationships to each other. We learn why Will's boss, Amanda Wagner, keeps such a close, often intrusive, eye on Will, his career, and his life. And we discover more about the older women characters, who were friends and associates in the Atlanta Police Department in the 1970's, and their descendants who are now the officers of today.
I am not fond of flashbacks in general, since they often distract from a story which could be better told in chronological order. This story flashes back and forth a number of times between 1974/5 and present day. I found this disconcerting and distracting at first. However, I soon adjusted to the jumps and found that the frequent short flashbacks increased the tension and suspense of the story.
For a woman who was around and in the trenches back in the 70's, perhaps the best thing about this book is the stark, and accurate, depiction of the way women were perceived and treated during that time, especially in professional fields which were considered for men only. For those who were born after that time, this aspect of the book may seem entirely outrageous. For those who were there, the same aspect seems true, and still outrageous.
A warning for those who havce never read a Slaughter book: these are dark books containing very graphic violence, language, and gore. But if you can bear those things, the stories are well worth your time.
Linda in Omaha
I love Karen Slaughter's writing, and this was no exception. When I read a review saying this was the 6th book featuring Will Trent, I immediately checked my library and found that I had most of the previous books. I ordered "Triptych" from Audible, as it was one I was missing. Ms. Slaughter knows how to keep the reader on the edge of their seat with books that are hard to put down. This was a really good story and the narrator did an excellent job. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense.
yes, the story is compelling
Evelyn, without her Amanda would never have had the courage to be all she could be.
not sure about this one...
the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was, for me, there was a little too much 'uneeded" detail when I was trying to get the picture of the scene.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
If you've liked previous outings with Will Trent, you will love this trip!
Slaughter demonstrates layered with style and substance not just volume. Her characters are relevant and her storyline line is tight.
The performance was right on point as well. It is great when a performer can put you into the story without becoming part of it them self.
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