What I’m Reading: False Witness

I’ve been listening to lots of books lately.  I don’t have regular childcare so it’s easy to listen a lot…and I have been.

I was so excited to see a new book by author Karin Slaughter.  She’s long been a favorite of mine. I think I’ve even enticed several of you to start reading her books.  Usually, she is busy writing the Will Trent series which is a cop series but this time around, in her new book, False Witness, she took a little detour and wrote about someone new.  This one I believe will be a stand-alone book, but the door is open that another book could be written.  The book was still set in Atlanta but had totally different characters.

As I said, in the past, this author has really been a favorite of mine.  This book was good.  It really was, but I think my tastes have changed a bit.  This book has too much of a focus on drugs…too much on abuse…too much on bad choices.

I’ve said this before and will say it again…I need to love one of the characters in the book in order to love the book.  I like to relate to one of them.  There wasn’t a single character I liked.  There wasn’t a single person that made good choices.

Here is what Amazon has to say:
An ordinary life…

Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defense attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilized – her life is just as unremarkable as she’d always hoped it would be.

…hides a devastating past…

But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood that was far from average…a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.

…but now the past is catching up…

Then a case lands on her desk – defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It’s the highest profile case she’s ever been given – a case that could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it’s no coincidence that he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened 20 years ago and why Leigh has spent two decades running.

…and time is running out.

If she can’t get him acquitted, she’ll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her estranged younger sister Callie, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice….

Amazon readers gave the book 4.4 stars.  I’ll have to agree.  If someone is looking for a hard, murder-style book, this is a good book.  I don’t know if I like her books anymore though.  Each one has gotten more graphic…more gruesome, more violent and that’s just not me.  I can read some of that in a regular cop book, but this was too much.

You can find the book HERE if you are interested.


2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: False Witness”

  1. Thanks for the honest opinion. I usually put every book you recommend on my list. This one, I won’t. For me, there is enough of this stuff in real life. There was one you read a while ago called the Lager Queen. You said you had difficulty with the reader’s voice. Haha, well, you did better than me, I couldn’t get past it and gave up! I decided life is too short and there are too many good books out there. Love your reviews though. Thanks for doing them. Very Happy New Year and best wishes for your health.

  2. I agree totally. I read the book feeling increasingly uncomfortable. I know a lot of the stuff portrayed in the book is real but I am increasingly realising that I want to read books that are more uplifting – life has enough going on it already.

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