The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8)

Author: Karin Slaughter

Publisher: Harper Collins

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

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Blurb: Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller — a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption. 

 

Review:  Having never had the pleasure of reading the Will Trent series before, it was a wonderfully awful introduction to the series…and I loved it. It was tense and intense, with a lot of questions and leaping to conclusions on my part before I was able to figure anything out, but I finally did. I could tell, however, that I was in the hands of a superbly gifted manipulator not unlike Angie Polaski herself–someone who could, at the drop of a hat, rearrange the narrative to suit her purposes.

Catching a call for a DB isn’t unusual for detectives at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI). Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell were called to the scene for a dead body found at a partially constructed night club. But the case only gets stranger as the morning continues, and it’s going to drive a wound straight into Will’s heart.

It’s a former police officer. A former dirty cop to be specific. The nightclub partly belongs to a pro athlete who was just acquitted of rape–and Will was one of the officers trying to put him in jail. Had worked the case furiously. And there are signs of a bloodbath. And there’s evidence that Will’s wife had been there–her blood coats the floor.

Picking out the forensic clues among the graffiti and debris was going to be difficult and exhaustive. The building’s construction had been put on hold during the trial, and it had become a flop house for ravers, gang members, and drug dealers.

What’s worse is following the evidence as it unfolds, finding one answer only to question another. It’s tough, relentless, absolutely $hi*ty work but they’ve got a ticking clock that they’re working with. Or at least Will does. How long can a body survive after having lost that much blood? If he can’t find her, she’ll die. Will that free him to marry his new lover, who’s made him happier than he ever has been his entire life?

Or will it set loose the killer inside him that only Angie seemed to be able to bring out? Will it destroy this man, who’s done so much to move beyond his dark childhood of abuse?

This was a freaking amazing book, dense and richly layered with filth, abuse, and despair. Only in rotten surroundings does someone like Angie Polaski’s horribly beautiful mind truly shine–and this one’s a corker.

See if you can keep up.

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