It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.
A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens.
Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…
Another cracking read from Karin Slaughter The Last Widow opens as Michelle is abducted. She works for CDC and the GBI are trying to find her. Then there’s an explosion and as Sara Linton and Will Trent are on their way to help Sara is taken. Will is injured but desperate to know what has happened to Sara and get her back. The hospital car park explosion has the FBI involved. There seems to be connections between the abduction of Michelle and the hospital bombing. Has Sara also been taken by the same people? Why have these women been taken?
The first books I read by Karin Slaughter were the Grant County Series in which Sara was the main character they are terrific books and well worth reading. Karin Slaughter addresses difficult issues and draws wonderful characters in these books which are gritty, gripping and very well written. When this series finished the Will Trent series started and I did read a couple but missed Sara and the Grant County books. So it’s great to have her back in these books. I think it has made them much more enjoyable and between Sara and Faith, Will’s work partner, has brought more balance to the books and allowed Will’s character and personality to shine and be better understood. They are a terrific combination.
In this book Karin Slaughter weaves a rather frightening tale of what happens when a white supremacist acts out his ‘beliefs’ with his followers. There are some really horrible characters and, as ever, Karin Slaughter pulls no punches and produces a gritty tale of what these people can be capable of and what life can be like living in their midst. Still this is also about finding out what happened to Michelle and Sara, why were they taken and can they be found before it’s too late? What is being planned? Can Will, Faith and Angela work everything out in time?
This is a gripping, well-paced, well plotted and heart rending novel which you won’t be able to put down until the final act is played out.
Don’t just read this, although do read this, read any and all of Karin Slaughters books you will not be disappointed.
With thanks to Harper Collins for inviting me to read and providing an eCopy of The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own, I have not received payment for this review.
The Last Widow is my third book for the #20BooksofSummer challenge. For more on this challenge please do visit Cathy’s blog 746Books.
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop Town, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.
Also by Karin Slaughter
The Grant County Series set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, (in the fictional Grant County) the narrative takes place from the perspective of three main characters: Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and part-time coroner; her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, who is chief of police; and his subordinate, detective Lena Adams. The series includes Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless and Beyond Reach (also called Skin Privilege).
The Will Trent series takes place in Atlanta and features GBI special agent Will Trent, his partner Faith Mitchell, and Angie Polaski. The first two books in the series are Triptych and Fractured. Then came Undone/Genesis (2009), Broken (2010), Fallen (2011), Snatched* (2012) Criminal (2012), Busted* (2013), Unseen (2013) and The Kept Woman (2016).Sara Linton from The Grant County Series joins the series first appearing in Undone (also called Genesis).
Cop Town; Pretty Girls; The Kept Woman; The Good Daughter; Pieces of Her
Cold, Cold Heart; Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes; Last Breath; Cleaning the Gold (with Lee Child)
novellas and stories
Like a Charm (Editor); Martin Misunderstood