Synopsis from HarperCollins:
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 . . .
About: The Silent Wife is a mystery thriller written by Karin Slaughter. It will be published on 8/4/2020 by William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, 400 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This is the author’s 20th published book in 20 years, and the 10th book in the Will Trent series where The Last Widow was the 9th. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Silent Wife on 7/6/2020 and finished it on 7/31/2020. (I read The Good Daughter in between of this one along with other books). This book was an excellent read, even though I don’t like the prologue that much because Beckey ran despite her roommate’s warning of the time and purposely chose the poor neighborhood instead of the wealthy one. I would rather she chose the wealthy one because it’s not an obvious location where bad things happened. Sara and Jeff’s argument was so good to read! I need to read Grant County series soon because I enjoyed getting to know Jeffrey in this story. Definitely fascinating to follow Will’s thoughts, his emoticons texting, and especially the plans he had with Sara after an argument. Will, a lovesick? Aww he’s so sweet. I’m not sure if I hold my breath more when Sara performed her medical examiner’s job or when the attacks against women occurred. They were equally detailed and graphic.
This book started with a prologue following Beckey, freshman in college. She was out for a run at 5am after an all nighter at the campus’ library because she was upset that her roommate ate all of her foods. Angry while lacked of sleep and food, she made a wrong turn and ended up being killed by an unexpected killer. Then the story began, in the present day, with Will and Faith on their way to a prison to investigate a murder. The prisoners started a riot and a murder was committed where one man ended up dead. The second view was Faith, Will’s partner, both are Special Agent to the Georgia Bureau Investigation. One inmate blamed the late police chief of Grant County, Jeffrey, for putting him in jail when he’s innocent of the charges. Now he’s offering to give police one week to solve the murder of Beckey and the recent victim in exchange for his inside information in the prison and a lesser charges from his collection of charges. The third view was Jeffrey back at Grant County before he died. He and Sara brought the girl in the woods Beckey back from near death. The fourth view was Sara, Medical Examiner and Will’s girlfriend but also Jeffrey’s wife before he died. The fifth view was Gina, 43 as she searched her whole house and even in her car for her favorite scrunchie. Gina provided the view of the victim as it happens. The story was told from the past in Grant County and present in Atlanta, 8 years apart (author’s note will explain it).
The Silent Wife was well written and a suspenseful read! Readers who have read Grant County series before reading this book will enjoy it a bit more. I didn’t but the author did the recap very well so I able to understand the story fine. Those cliffhangers at the end of each chapter was so painful to wait. And it’s worse when I have to put my book down to run errands. (Dried paper towels to reuse them haha my cousin did that too. Leslie Truong was a Vietnamese last name but somehow her mom’s first name was Bonita meaning beautiful in Spanish. I’m assuming Leslie was adopted). Using a calculator to count up the f’s she would give was funny, a great line! There were many funny lines. Will’s dislike of public speaking was so like me. The view of the victim in action was cringe worthy! Interesting to learn about exhumation. I couldn’t guess who the killer was so it was good when it came to light. Another fantastic read from my new favorite author! (Yay! I have now read and reviewed 3 of her books! Only 17 more books to read! 😍) Highly recommended this book!
Facts about Karin Slaughter (provided by the publisher):
· She is published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe
· Karin is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming
· Pieces of Her is in development for Netflix from the producer of BIG LITTLE LIES. Toni Collette will star, Leslie Linka Glatter and Charlotte Stoudt (of HOMELAND fame) will write and executive produce, and Minkie Spiro will direct
· Her novels include the Grant County and Will Trent series, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, Pieces of Her, and The Last Widow
· The Grant County and Will Trent series are also in development for television
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, love, cliffhangers
Warning: violent rape,
I rate it 5 stars!
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