Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Kept Woman
by Karin Slaughter

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 480
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.

But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out . . .


Kritters Thoughts:  First, I am embarrassed to say that this was my first Karin Slaughter read and for a girl who reads a lot of mystery/thriller books, I had to fix that.

First there is a prologue that sets the stage with dead bodies and a mother and a daughter.  Then in chapter one we go to the police investigation after the discovery of the dead bodies.  The reader follows the police through their procedures and then about halfway through the author takes us back in time and into the few days leading up to the dead bodies.  Then after 100 pages you go back to the police procedure and finish the book.

I loved the set up of this book.  As described above, I thought it was so unique and I loved the mix of police procedure and then into the actual events.  I loved seeing both sides of the story.

The characters were great.  I loved how intertwined the police were to the characters involved with the tragedy.  The police were just as much as a part of the story as the victims and suspects.  

This is most definitely not my last Karin Slaughter, but I will warn that these books are chunky not only in pages but in depth, so they are books that are perfect to curl up with in a full weekend.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from  HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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