Torturously terrifying and one of my favourite Slaughter novels yet.Will Trent and Sara Linton are back again in this chilling and suspenseful thriller While I throw the term thriller around from time to time, this was a genuine thriller and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout I had to stop reading in the middle, as it was truly terrifying A murderer waits and watches A women runs alone in the woods She senses someone watching but dismisses it The predator watches her and waits Torturously terrifying and one of my favourite Slaughter novels yet.Will Trent and Sara Linton are back again in this chilling and suspenseful thriller While I throw the term thriller around from time to time, this was a genuine thriller and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout I had to stop reading in the middle, as it was truly terrifying A murderer waits and watches A women runs alone in the woods She senses someone watching but dismisses it The predator watches her and waits for the perfect time to attack Repeat A decade later, the killer is behind bars and the case is closed Except another women goes missing and the MO is identical Each time he takes his victims by surprise and we are left in suspense wondering who he will target next Will Trent and Sara Linton are tasked with re opening the cold case to find the real killer, along with their supporting cast It is a race against time as the violent crime spree continues andwomen are taken and tortured Friends This one is not for the feint hearted It is gruesome, as are most of Slaughter novels, yet it is such a crucial part of her writing I would wish for nothing else It is gritty and violent and you really must know every warning possible applies before going into this one With all of that said, I loved it It was fabulous, continuing the story of Trent and Linton and following them through the investigation There were flashbacks to Sara s ex husband, Jeffrey, who was a large part of the previous investigation a decade before and part of the story is in his POV which makes it all theinteresting Definitely one I recommend Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.Karin Slaughter KS is one of my auto buy authors, anything she writes I have to read because she always transfers me from my world and drops me into a world that it you can see, feel, and smell Whether it is small town America or large City, wherever she puts you she is in control It can be dull Not usually for long , exciting or terrifying as she wants it to be The Silent Wife is the 20th Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.Karin Slaughter KS is one of my auto buy authors, anything she writes I have to read because she always transfers me from my world and drops me into a world that it you can see, feel, and smell Whether it is small town America or large City, wherever she puts you she is in control It can be dull Not usually for long , exciting or terrifying as she wants it to be The Silent Wife is the 20th book and it is a continuation of the Will Trent series As always KS writes with brutal honesty, the descriptions of the crimes can often, be so disturbing that you may need to take a breath before moving on This book can be read on its own, but it has evenmeaning read in order as part of the series.Most of the characters have evolved over the last 20 years and feel like old friends The new characters are well developed, as you belt through the story Before starting this clear your diary as this is a fast paced book It will keep you racing through the chapters to discover how the killer is found, the way the details of investigation, medical examinations, police procedures, thought processes are described is brilliant A word of warning though, be aware that the level of gore and violence in this book is on another level Not for the faint hearted The book does jump backwards and forwards in time, as the extreme violence and rape against women is investigated, but it is managed well At no point did I wonder which time period we are in I loved revisiting the old town and its characters, plus small town nuances Quite nostalgic.As with most of KS books its gruesome, gritty and violent, with a good dollop of romance thrown in You must read this, you won t regret it, as long as you can cope with the nightmares anyway Strongly recommend reading all the others in the series, mainly as it is an awesome series Spoiler Free Review Eight years ago, most Grant County authorities were confident they had locked a serial rapist and murderer away for life Recent brutal cases of misogynistic attacks on women bearing the same horrifying MO suggest the serial killer is still out there preying on women The convicted inmate s declaration of innocence and disturbing accusations of dirty cops add fuel to the flame indicating a deadly mistake and gross injustice may have occurred In a race against time, GBI Agent Spoiler Free Review Eight years ago, most Grant County authorities were confident they had locked a serial rapist and murderer away for life Recent brutal cases of misogynistic attacks on women bearing the same horrifying MO suggest the serial killer is still out there preying on women The convicted inmate s declaration of innocence and disturbing accusations of dirty cops add fuel to the flame indicating a deadly mistake and gross injustice may have occurred In a race against time, GBI Agent Will Trent and team, including girlfriend Medical Examiner Sara Linton, begin the monumental task of sifting through disturbing past GC cases in search of an illusive missed detail that links past with present As a result, ghosts from the past escape, old wounds flare, and painful memories surface straining the fragile relationship between Will and Sara That is all I can say about this story without huge spoilers Do yourself a favor by going into this story blind It ll spear you straight through the heart if you do The Silent Wife is another raw, gutsy, graphic, glorious addition to the Will Trent series The riveting story unfolds through alternating periods of past and present that served to keep me burning through pages to reach the end I admire and appreciate Slaughter s gift for setting scenes that pull readers in via all five senses, but consider yourself forewarned that graphic crime scenes may be disturbing to read as they are brutally realistic leaving no doubt the author has once again done her homework right down to the most meticulous detail This author s signature sharp prose and intimately woven plot lines propel characters and readers forward at a frantic life or death pace Readers can count on being plummeted into the chaos of characters minds while finding themselves charged with unmasking a deadly predator hiding in plain sightbefore he kills again Those familiar with the Grant County series will recognize past characters they loveor love to hate There s not muchI can say about this author s characterizations without sounding like a broken record They re amazingly accurate, detailed, dimensional, and alive with main characters who are deeply flawed, vulnerable and so unbelievably real that my heart aches for them whenever I m back in their world The Silent Wife is everything I hoped it would be andI started it with anticipation, read with trepidation, and finished it with cautious optimism It s gritty, graphic, emotional, heartbreaking, and what does it say about me that I can t wait for the next book I applaud Slaughter for shining a light on assault survivors who struggle to escape the darkness and overwhelming sense of loss and grief to find their path forward again Their strength and will to live are an amazing inspiration to all Needless to say, The Silent Wife has a place of honor on my All Time Favorites Shelf I ll even venture to say it s the best of the series thus far This story embodies everything I love about suspense thrillersand complicated love stories Highly Recommended Special thanks to publisher William Morrow for an arc of this book via edelweiss.plus Review posted at Cross My Heart Reviews Will Trent and Faith Mitchell of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are called to a Georgia prison following a riot and death of an inmate Whilst there, prisoner Daryl Nesbitt asks to see them and accuses Detective Jeffrey Tolliver of fitting him up for brutal two rape attacks which he is serving time for Jeffrey is now dead and was the former husband of medical examiner Dr Sara Linton who is in a relationship with Will The unfolding drama puts a great strain on both of them and their relati Will Trent and Faith Mitchell of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are called to a Georgia prison following a riot and death of an inmate Whilst there, prisoner Daryl Nesbitt asks to see them and accuses Detective Jeffrey Tolliver of fitting him up for brutal two rape attacks which he is serving time for Jeffrey is now dead and was the former husband of medical examiner Dr Sara Linton who is in a relationship with Will The unfolding drama puts a great strain on both of them and their relationship The story is told in two different timelines from Jeffrey s perspective eight years ago with the original investigation and Will, Faith and Sara s in the present day The two different timescales works extremely well and they dovetail effortlessly This is a tricky thing to get exactly right and shows the skill of the author This is a very twisty tale, there are moments when it s very creepy and scary and the plot is extremely gritty The attacks on women are savage and although its made crystal clear just how depraved the perpetrator is, this is not gratuitous but it is hard hitting It s well written, the characters are very good, some of them are damaged by their past but this makes themintriguing because they are flawed and complex I like the occasional dark humour which is a welcome release from the storyline I did guess who the perpetrator is but it does not spoil the ending of the book in any way However, it took me a long time to get into the book maybe 25% as I feel it s over detailed and a bit longwinded in places Then something seems to change and the tempo increases and from that point on I couldn t put the book down With thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the ARC Well before I start, I have to confess to reading all the books in this series I even started from book one again before reading this and found myself crying in the same places I did the first time around The GBI are investigating the murder of an prison inmate Jesus Vasquez, who was murdered in a riot Fellow inmate Daryl Nesbit claims he is innocent of his crimes of sexual assaults and murders He claims he was set up by the police and that the perpetrator is still committing crimes He will Well before I start, I have to confess to reading all the books in this series I even started from book one again before reading this and found myself crying in the same places I did the first time around The GBI are investigating the murder of an prison inmate Jesus Vasquez, who was murdered in a riot Fellow inmate Daryl Nesbit claims he is innocent of his crimes of sexual assaults and murders He claims he was set up by the police and that the perpetrator is still committing crimes He will tell them who killed Jesus if they investigate his case He is stating that the police are dirty and set him up Sarah and Will are working on the connections between the murder victims and we go back in time to when Jeffrey was alive and working on the original case with Lena Whenever I see a Karin Slaughter book I never read the blurb first as I know it will be an amazing read with twists galore and this one hadtwists than a rollercoaster and OMG the killer reveal is out of this world I had to read it twice to let it sink in If I could only read one author, Karin Slaughter would be the one Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange o review First of all, I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, so wowza Thanks to Harper Collins for the lovely ARC I was so excited when I got this in the mail, since I love Karen Slaughter and this is her twentieth book It is also part of the GBI Georgia Bureau of investigation series with agent Will Trent and coroner Sara Linton A couple at work and at home, these two are my favorite characters in a mystery series Why doesn t someone make a tv show of these stories already The Silent Wife didn t di First of all, I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, so wowza Thanks to Harper Collins for the lovely ARC I was so excited when I got this in the mail, since I love Karen Slaughter and this is her twentieth book It is also part of the GBI Georgia Bureau of investigation series with agent Will Trent and coroner Sara Linton A couple at work and at home, these two are my favorite characters in a mystery series Why doesn t someone make a tv show of these stories already The Silent Wife didn t disappoint either Hurled headlong into the action, I read with trepidation as a college student takes an early morning run She is angry at her roommates for eating all of her healthy food and hopes to get rid of some of her angst by exercising Before she leaves, Becky realizes that someone has taken her broken hair clip that was her mother s Her roommate knows how important the clip is to Becky and swears she didn t take it Anyone who knows about serial killers and their penchant for keeping souvenirs which is all of us at this point knows that this is foreshadowing.Fans of the Grant County series will be thrilled to learn that this a step back in time to an earlier murder case with Chief Tolliver The Chief as an annoying GBI friend calls him, Jeffrey is working on a potential serial killer case Sara and his marriage has just fallen apart because of his infidelity This case and the new murder are connected and it s up to Will and Sara to figure it out Meanwhile, Sara is confronted with her past feelings for her deceased husband and Will s jealousy This is a magnificent continuation of Sara and Will s story and a shocking murder mystery Slaughter, well named, has done it again I m happy to say that after an abysmal miss with her last book in the Will Trent series, Slaughter has redeemed herself with The Silent Wife This book was muchon par with the previous books in the Will Trent series and packed the punch I am accustomed to from Slaughter.I am still growing somewhat weary with the Will Trent Sara Linton relationship, but I thought this book did a good job of adding a fresh perspective to the complex relationship and further exploring Sara s conflicting feeli I m happy to say that after an abysmal miss with her last book in the Will Trent series, Slaughter has redeemed herself with The Silent Wife This book was muchon par with the previous books in the Will Trent series and packed the punch I am accustomed to from Slaughter.I am still growing somewhat weary with the Will Trent Sara Linton relationship, but I thought this book did a good job of adding a fresh perspective to the complex relationship and further exploring Sara s conflicting feelings regarding her deceased husband, Jeffrey Tolliver In The Silent Wife, Will s investigation of a riot inside a state penitentiary uncovers some disturbing information from years before that involves Jeffrey Tolliver and Lena Adams If Will reopens the investigation and implicates Tolliver, who died with a hero s reputation, of wrongdoing, an opportunistic convict in the state pen is willing to provide information the Georgia Bureau of Investigation needs about the riot murder The issue is that Will cannot solve either case without the help of the one person he does not want to involve medical examiner Sara Linton, his girlfriend and Jeffrey Tolliver s widow When the past and present inevitably collide, Will realizes that everything he values is at stake, especially his relationship with Sara I really liked the way Slaughter was able to weave the past storyline with Jeffrey Tolliver and Lena Adams into the present with Sara and Will The plot was cleverly crafted, and the characters stayed true to their selves, as portrayed in the other books save the last awful book, Pieces of Her It was the first Slaughter book in some time that I haven t been able to put down I did figure out the killer from a single encounter with one of the characters that I felt like was a dead giveaway and could have beensubtly portrayed, but it was still a well done guessing game with several viable suspects The only other minor gripe I had was the extremely odd shopping trip one of the characters takes that spends several pages focusing soley on periods and tampons It was so bizarre I m hoping an editor nixes it in the final edits, as it adds nothing to plot, and left me shaking my head in bewilderment All in all, though, I thought this book was one of Slaughter s best, and instead of saying good bye to Will Trent series, as I was considering after the last one, it made me look forward to 11 4 stars Well, it s been some time since I read a crime novel that is as page turningly gripping as this I would normally avoid anything about serial killers, especially killers fixated on violent sexual crimes against women there s a disturbingly fine line between books which luxuriate in misogynistic brutality and those that call it out this one manages to stay in the latter field, with scenes that made me flinch But the portrayal of trauma, grief and what it might take to survive, even barely, is Well, it s been some time since I read a crime novel that is as page turningly gripping as this I would normally avoid anything about serial killers, especially killers fixated on violent sexual crimes against women there s a disturbingly fine line between books which luxuriate in misogynistic brutality and those that call it out this one manages to stay in the latter field, with scenes that made me flinch But the portrayal of trauma, grief and what it might take to survive, even barely, is hard hitting and feels authentic there sinterest here in the victims and their various hard won strategies for survival than is typical in the genre.After being underwhelmed by Slaughter s last two books Pieces of Her, The Last Widow , it s good to find her back in top gear In an ingenious double time frame plot we have Will, Sara, Faith and Amanda investigating in the present, and a return to divorced Sara, Jeffrey and Lena Adams investigating in the past this is before Blindsighted so a kind of prequel to the Grant County series, and Sara is raw over Jeffrey s infidelity and boy, does she show it The crimes are gritty, the plotting twisted, but what really makes it is the characterization is right back on track Seeing Sara with both Jeffrey in the past and Will in the present made me realise how muchinvested I was in the former relationship Sara and Will are just too juvenile for my tastes and however much baggage they both carry, there s an air of creating conflict just for the sake of it view spoiler what are they even mad about And after hundreds of pages, one hand cream application and they re magically ok hide spoiler.Switching between the two time frames keeps the tension taut and it may be cheesy but Slaughter works the cliff hanger chapter endings like a pro There are a few massive plot holes view spoiler how did the perpetrator stalk the women so completely and,pressingly, get access to their homes rooms to steal the hair clips hide spoiler I also recognised the criminal immediately, to the point that I wondered if he d been mentioned in the books which are later chronologically In any case, seems even the GBI can t always spot a psychopath when they meet one But these are niggles not deal breakers overall, brilliant, scary, and utterly gripping.Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC via NetGalley When you find out there s going to be another Will Trent book less than a year after the last one came out When you find out there s going to be another Will Trent book less than a year after the last one came out. Atlanta, Georgia Present Day A Young Woman Is Brutally Attacked And Left For Dead The Police Investigate But The Trail Goes Cold Until A Chance Assignment Takes GBI Investigator Will Trent To The State Penitentiary, And To A Prisoner Who Says He Recognizes The MO The Attack Looks Identical To The One He Was Accused Of Eight Years Earlier The Prisoner S Always Insisted That He Was Innocent, And Now He S Sure He Has Proof The Killer Is Still Out ThereAs Will Digs Into Both Crimes It Becomes Clear That He Must Solve The Original Case In Order To Reach The Truth Yet Nearly A Decade Has Passed Time For Memories To Fade, Witnesses To Vanish, Evidence To Disappear And Now He Needs Medical Examiner Sara Linton To Help Him Hunt Down A Ruthless Murderer But When The Past And Present Collide, Everything Will Values Is At Stake