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“Part True Detective, part The Girl on the Train. All parts gripping.” --theSkimm
The New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges Will Trent into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.
Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.
Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.
With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.
Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.
Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.
But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.
Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller -- a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Hot damn, Karin Slaughter writes a mean, page-turning thriller. This time, she sets her story in Atlanta, where a high-profile rape case involving a pro basketball player turns into something even more diabolical. We love the dynamic between Slaughter’s steely Georgia detective Will Trent and his outspoken partner Faith Mitchell. The Kept Woman kept us reading at a feverish pace.
Dale Harding, the murder victim at the center of bestseller Slaughter's exciting if flawed sixth novel starring Will Trent and Dr. Sara Linton (after 2013's Unseen), was a retired (and dirty) Atlanta cop. Harding's body turns up in a nightclub belonging to a celebrity athlete who recently beat a rape charge in a case handled by Will, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent. A gun at the crime scene ties the whole mess to Angie Polaski, Will's dangerously off-kilter wife, who frequently leaves him for long periods but always returns. Further complications follow after Sara, Will's current girlfriend, who's now a GBI medical examiner, tells him that Harding wasn't the only one who suffered and bled a lot in the club. The case becomes almost too large for Slaughter to contain, which could explain her choice to rely on an awkward extended flashback sequence, but she mostly manages to wrangle this installment into an intense look at the nature of loss and control, and how love can taint both. Five-city author tour.
Hope next story does not have Angie
Angie needs to go. She’s beginning to ruin the story line, it’s depressing.
Make it a mini series
Wonderful character development, twists that actually make sense, keeps you guessing the whole time. Can’t fault it.
I spent two sleepless nights staying awake to read this book. Finished on day 3… All of her Will Trent series are EXCEPTIONAL! But this one had so many twists and turns that I could not put it down. Very highly suggest!