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The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

July 7, 2016

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 . . .

A new Karin Slaughter book is always a must read, and when it is a Will Trent/Sara Linton novel, then put everything else to one side and just sit and read.

And what a brilliant read this is. Sara is working as the new GBI Medical Examiner, so she and Will become involved in the same case when the body of a former police detective is discovered in an abandoned nightclub – a nightclub which is owned by a famous basketball player who Will has been investigating for some time on charges of rape.

Sara is clear that someone else was on the scene and judging by the blood loss has been very badly injured and in need of urgent treatment. When it transpires that Angie Polaski is somehow involved in all of this, Sara and Will must come to terms with what that means for each of them – and for their relationship.

This is the novel where we learn more about Angie and what drives her; why she is such a difficult and unlikeable character. As the story unfolds and we see how the sports agents and lawyers come together to protect their stars, we watch spellbound as Angie’s own version of morality comes into play.

The book is a fast paced read and one where we finally understand more about Angie and her background and the lengths she will go to protect what is hers.

There are moments in this book which feel a little far-fetched, but overall it is a gripping read and absolute essential to understand how inextricably linked Angie and Will are. I loved it.

The Kept Woman is published by Random House UK, Cornerstone Century on 14 July 2016

From → Crime, Thriller

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