• The Silent Wife

  • The Will Trent Series, Book 10
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,715 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. 

Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognizes the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof. The killer is still out there.

As Will digs into both crimes, it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed - time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake....

©2020 Karin Slaughter (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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One of my favorite series (and author)!!!!

Wow! This is some book. This is the 10th book in the Will Trent series. If you’ve never picked up anything in this series you can start here as each one can be listened to as a stand alone. If you find yourself unable to put the book down I would suggest going back and listening to the Grant County series followed by the Will Trent series. There are continuous relationships from one to the next.
The publisher’s summary gives more than enough information so I won’t restate the basic plot. What comes after is a very well written, well thought out procedural that takes progressed through a series of events that kept me interested and entertained through out. From a single murder that a man had been convicted years earlier comes a long line of missing and murdered women. There’s a serial killer on the loose and he’s been at it for years.
This book has a steady pace that builds momentum the closer you get to the end. The characters are fleshed out and believable.
Kathleen Early does a superb job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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My favorite author of police procedurals!

I've been reading novels by Karin Slaughter for almost 20 years and she is yet to disappoint. THE SILENT WIFE is Book 10 in her Will Trent series. The novel could also be considered part of her Grant County series because it brings in Lena Adams and Jeffrey Tolliver from that series. For those familiar with both series Sara Linton is the unnamed protagonist or co-protagonist of both.

I do not plan to write a review of The Silent Wife but do read Audible listener Shelley's review. All of Karin Slaughter's novels are gritty by this one is more so than any of the others. For someone like me who is the father of daughters and grandfather of granddaughters parts of the novel are difficult to listen to because of the descriptions of the gore.

Kathleen Early does a wonderful job of narration.

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Same Ole Story

This book was about 16 hours too long. If you have read any Will Trent/Grant County books, it’s very predictable. I even had to verify that this wasn’t a re-release because the ending was so familiar. The Formula: Once again, Sara is in distress and danger, some women are horrendously brutalized, Amanda and Faith are mean and sarcastic, but all the world still revolves around Sara. This should not be called a Will Trent book, but a Sara Linton book. And I have had enough.

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Very Unclear and Disorganized

In an audiobook, don't introduce dozens of names repeatedly, especially when many of them don't matter. I got completely confused. Did Sarah have two ex-husbands, one of whom died?
Who are all these other people? All the pointless chattiness made this worse. If you ever had a girlfriend who told you long, rambling, and confusing stories full of people you don't know, this book is for you.

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Disappointing

Warning: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS
I love Karin Slaughter and I’d been waiting forever for this book, so I was sooooo disappointed with this story. The characters have changed in such unlikeable ways it sucks. Faith is whiny and annoying and seems to dislike any other woman that isn’t Sarah. Sarah’s obsession with hating Lena has gotten old too. Even Lena who could’ve been set up as a redeemable character who I actually liked was utterly unlikeable in this. I am sad because these character changes really made me dislike the book and I don’t know if I will continue reading her books. I don’t really care for Will and Sarah acting like children, so I’m sorry but I’m done with this series.

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Insufferable Gab Fest

This book is not a Thriller or a Mystery. It’s an incessant gab fest. It’s Advertised as a Will Trent novel but he is just an adjunct to the story. I wanted to quit reading but kept thinking there was a reason to continue. It never happened.

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Extremely predictable

This story is so predictable. It is obvious who the murderer is. The Sarah character is so unexciting. I really felt the love angle was not well developped.

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Huh???

Maybe if I would have read and not listened to this book it would have been better. It jumps from past to present and back so often I didn’t know where I was in the story. Too many characters, readers voice had no range all characters sounded the same. Only finished it because I bought it.

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BLOWN AWAY

Wow! I have read all of the Grant County series as well as the Will Trent series thus far. This! This is Karin's best book hands down! Don't look for spoilers, but read it! Soo good! Soo good!!

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Fantastic Love Stories with a side of Murder!

If you have read Karin Slaughter “Will Trent” and “Grant County” series, than you will love this Book. Karin does a brilliant job blending past and current characters, while guiding you on a detailed journey through the story. The characters are so well described it feels like you are catching up with old friends. Can’t wait for the next book!

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