I heard that one of my favorite cop book authors, Karin Slaughter, wrote a new book, The Silent Wife. I’ve long been a big fan of Karin Slaughter. I started with the book Triptych. Then I went back and read the books from the beginning.
She actually has written 6 Grant County books…then went on to write 10 Will Trent books. The books can stand on their own but I love reading series. These two series are actually tied together and some characters are in each of the series.
So, did I like the book…YES! I liked it very much. As I told you, the two series have characters that cross over. One of the main characters of the first series died in that series but oddly, the author found a way to “bring him back” in the form of flashbacks. I loved it!!
I think it was very creative on the author’s part.
This story takes a look back at an old police case from Grant County that comes back in the Will Trent series. There is a serial killer. I guessed early on whodunit but that didn’t ruin the story a bit.
Here’s what Amazon has to say:
“Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect. The man insists that he was framed by a corrupt law enforcement team led by Jeffrey Tolliver and that the real culprit is still out there—a serial killer who has systematically been preying on women across the state for years. If Will reopens the investigation and implicates the dead police officer with a hero’s reputation of wrongdoing, the opportunistic convict is willing to provide the information GBI needs about the riot murder.
Only days ago, another young woman was viciously murdered in a state park in northern Georgia. Is it a fluke, or could there be a serial killer on the loose?
As Will Trent digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the cold case in order to find the answer. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear, and lies to become truth. But Will can’t crack either mystery without the help of the one person he doesn’t want involved: his girlfriend and Jeffrey Tolliver’s widow, medical examiner Sara Linton.
When the past and present begin to collide, Will realizes that everything he values is at stake . . ”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I’m going to agree. I really liked the book. I always worry when an author gets so far into a series. I worry that they get too familiar with the characters. I worry that they get sloppy with the writing as they are likely going to make money from the book even if it’s a dud. Not true with this one. It was a great book.
You can find the book HERE on Amazon. This is truly one of my favorite whodunit series of all. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend giving them a try.
If you want to start with the first book of the series, you can find it HERE.