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!Read Book î The Silent Wife Ú 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 As a long time avid reader of psychological thrillers and mysteries, and an Atlanta resident for 25 years, I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first Karin Slaughter book that I have read No excuses except that as a school librarian, I mostly read children s books The Silent Wife is the kind of read that I could not put down, reading late into the night and into the early morning hours to watch the mysteries be solved I began reading, not knowing that this is book 10 in Slaughter s Will Trent series Since the chapters alternate between past and present events, I quickly suspected that the main characters had a history unknown to me I resisted the librarian temptation to do some research before reading further One of the hallmarks of a truly great story is that it can stand alone, while still being an integral piece of a continuing saga of people known by many readers GBI Investigator Will Trent encounters a prisoner who continues to proclaim his innocence for a murder from several years before He offers proof to Will who then enlists the assistance of Sara Linton, medical examiner, to solve what turns out to be serial rapes and murders Ms Slaughter s characters are fully developed throughout the story as she methodically describes graphic scenes of brutal attacks on a series of women This book is a fast paced read It will keep the reader racing through the chapters to discover how the killer is found, through the expertise and persistence of characters that are real and relatable Though this is my first Karin Slaughter read, it will not be my last. Karin Slaughter s latest addition to her Georgia Bureau of Investigations GBI agent Will Trent and medical examiner, Dr Sara Linton, series is a dark, unsettling and disturbing nightmare of a affair GBI have been called in to to investigate the murder of inmate, 38 year old Jesus Vasquez, at the penitentiary during a riot, when they are offered information on the perpetrators by another prisoner, Daryl Nesbitt He claims that he is innocent of the brutally devastating attacks, sexual assaults and murders of women in Grant County, pointing the finger at the then Chief of Police, Jeffery Tolliver, Sara s dead husband, and his fellow police officer, Lena Adams, as responsible for a corrupt investigation Nesbitt says he can prove he is innocent, that there have been at least eight other women murdered since his imprisonment, by the real serial killer, furnishing GBI with newspaper articles on their deaths, demanding they investigate in exchange for revealing who killed Vasquez.Will and Sara s relationship develop tensions, fears and insecurities as Sara is plunged into her past, the trauma of Jeffery s original investigations, a bitter period where she had been divorced from the handsome Jeffery after his infidelities, before she later married him again as she had never stopped loving him GBI and Sara begin to look at the deaths of the women, beginning with the most recent, Alexandra McAllister, thought to have been an accident Lena, loathed and not trusted by the GBI in the slightest, is now pregnant informing them she has shredded her notebooks, making it difficult to uncover the truth of her and Jeffery s actions that led to Nesbitt being identified as the killer It soon becomes alarmingly clear that the serial killer has continuing raping and killing women through the years, becoming adept at disguising the deaths as accidents His MO though has remain the same, stalking the women, stealing hair accessories from his victims as trophies, hitting them on the head with a hammer, drugging them, rape and sexual assault, paralysis, leaving their bodies in the surrounding woods.GBI find themselves up against a killer that is smart, deliberate, methodical, a risk taker, relishing hiding in plain sight, continuing to prey on women relentlessly, with never a flicker of remorse Sara s personal relationship with Tolliver comes under the spotlight, the past taking up so much of her head space in the present, impacting on her relationship with Will, and having her examining the different natures of the men she had fallen in love with The highlights in Slaughter s terrifying narrative of extreme violence and rape against women, is the sliver of hope in the theme of survival through the worst of horrors and trauma that could befall a woman, and the undeniable love portrayed between Sara and Will This is brilliant, if tortuously dark and disturbing, storytelling that I highly recommend to crime and thriller readers Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC. When you find out there s going to be another Will Trent book less than a year after the last one came out.. 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 sight before he kills again Those familiar with the Grant County series will recognize past characters they love or love to hate There s not much I 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 and I 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 thrillers and 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