The Skimm Reads calls it "a thriller that's part True Detective, part The Girl On The Train. All parts gripping."
Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.
Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.
The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.
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.
I’ve made it thus far in this series to The Kept Woman. While I concur with nearly everyone else who appreciates Slaughter’s tenuous combination of minute detail on the one hand and page-turning suspense on the other, there is one matter that continues to aggravate me.
I get the fact that Will was damaged by his upbringing (although Slaughter’s habit of attributing *everything* to it is a little too slavishly Freudian for me — but that’s another review).
What is bothersome is the fact that Will & Sara’s relationship slides further and further backwards, into adolescence, with every book. I fully expect him to be stealing and writing cute notices on her training bra within a couple of books.
Neither of them grows relationally even as their relationship becomes more and more intensely sexual. The delta here is aggravating. It’s not how adults function no matter how much they were damaged in their early years. Character development demands development, and Will isn’t.
Otherwise (!) a fine and very engaging series.
The Kept Woman
Let me start by saying that I love the Will Trent books. This book, though good, was not the normal quality of book written on these wonderful characters. Will went off the deep end more, way more, than ever before. He, at the end of the book, realized some things and acted on some things that he should have done long before. Sara was completely weak in her character. I’m hoping that Faith will be next up in a book with Will and Sara resolving some important issues in the background. Look forward to the Will Trent book!!!