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 recognises 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.
It’s a welcome return for us the reader to be back with Will and Sarah on their latest investigation. After twenty years and twenty books the characters and indeed the stories involving them seem to be like a good wine they get better with age. In this encounter we find the pair investigating the claims by a prisoner that Sarah’s dead husband Jeffrey and his police team at the time set him up for the rape and murder of college students. The prisoner has put together the details of crimes committed after he was incarcerated that match the ones he was charged with. It’s up to Will and the team along with Sarah to uncover the truth around the mans claim of innocence. For Sarah this could mean the man she married twice and whose widow she now is was a liar who used his influence to put away the wrong man. For Will its the heartache of watching the woman he loves go through the emotional ringer while they follow up the claims.
There are some fictional characters that you wish would just catch a break from all the heartache and bad times the endure so that they may have some form of a normal life. This is the case for Will and Sarah , they are both damaged by their past yet when they are together they make each other whole. If they can get through all what they have they can surely move on and make a life together. Yet even real life does not have many fairytale endings and so this makes the characters all the more believable and realistic. This story sees that both having to face up to the past in order to move forward and draw the proverbial line underneath what they have both endured. For Sarah its facing up to the fact that Jeffrey had his faults but they were not hers. For Will its about letting go of the hurt inflicted by his last love and breaking down the barriers he has in place protecting him, thereby allowing Sarah to take her place in his heart.
The story is fast paced and relentless as they race against the clock to uncover the truth about what happened to the woman. There are descriptions of the trauma suffered by the woman that while graphic in some parts don’t take away from the fact there are men out there committing such atrocities all over the world. Even though they are graphic they add gritty realism to the plot and the way the surviving victims are treated shows great respect for the victims of such horrific acts. As the book moves back and forth between timelines it builds up the tension not only in the search for the truth but in the relationships within the team. As the book started towards its climax i had an inkling who the real killer was yet the author kept me waiting with baited breath as the plot skipped back in time again. The revelation of the real killer was like the opening of an envelope at the oscars, everyone holding their breath with anticipation and the oh my god it was him. A brilliant read from an author that delivers the goods time after time.
STAR RATING 5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 19 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant Sunday Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her.
The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television and Pieces of Her is soon to be an eight-part Netflix adaptation, directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men), and produced by Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland) and Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies).
Karin is the founder of the Save the Libraries project- a non-profit organisation established to support libraries and library programming.
She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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