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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 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 AllTime 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 Well Played Karin Slaughter, Well Played Oops You did it again You played with my heart. My oh My. what a wild, crazy, heart stopping, laugh out loud, tearfilled ride “The Silent Wife” turned out to be Going in, I had no idea what to expect What I got was Jeffrey My Jeffrey Jeffrey Tolliver Be Still My Heart Sara Linton, is now an Atlanta resident, where she is the medical examiner at the GBI and the girlfriend of Will Trent, who is an investigator with the GBI Sara, however, was once a resident of Grant County, when she was married to the Chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver, before he was murdered When Will Trent, his partner Faith Mitchell and Sara are called into investigate a crime at a prison, old cases of Jeffrey’s are called into question: murders of young women at Grant Tech His reputation and that of the Grant County PD are on the line Unfortunately for Will, Faith and Sara, the only officer who can shed light on the situation is a very pregnant Lena Adams, now a Detective with the Macon PD Can you say Meow?!To make matters much worse, the GBI discovers several other victims with the same MO whose deaths have occurred in the years since the original murders, leaving the team racing to find a serial killer in their midst.Told in both the Past (with Jeffrey) and the Present (with Will and Sara), what happens here is seriously intense Heartstopping, thrilling, terrifying and sometimes, extremely violent Karin Slaughter knows how to scare a girl Although I guessed the who and the why fairly early on, it did not detract from my enjoyment in any way whatever.Then there’s Jeffrey A huge part of me loved revisiting Jeffrey How could I not? He has my heart and he always will That said, this Karin Slaughter novel tore me in two I really like Will Trent A lot I love his partnership with Faith and laughed hysterically at their antics in this novel I also like Will with Sara, although, I personally don’t think she’s good enough for him (Sorry NOT Sorry!!) That said, I absolutely LOVE Jeffrey Tolliver Yes, I am one of those women When he died my heart was RIPPED OUT of my chest It is something that I have not gotten over to this day When I started reading this book and realized that Karin Slaughter was drudging it all back up AGAIN, with Will, Sara, LENA and JEFFREY. My stomach churned and turned and I felt ill I finished this novel two days ago and I am still a mess over it all and will be for a long time It is to Karin Slaughter’s credit that she is able to pull all of these emotions out of me “The Silent Wife” is a spellbinding, intense, mystery thriller that is a must read for Karin Slaughter fans I personally suggest reading all of the Grant County and Will Trent novels in order before reading this so that you can experience the characters and the raw emotions that Karin Slaughter brings to the table Kudos to Ms Slaughter for slaying me yet again Thank you to my book buddy Kaceey for being there for me throughout I started bingeing this series last September and she has been there for me every step of the way She has laughed and supported my love and utter despair over Jeffrey, my anger and frustration at Sara, my adoration of Will and Faith and my defense of Lena I would not have gotten through this series without you We read this one together and it was the best!Thank you to HarperCollins, William Morrow, Edelweiss and Karin Slaughter for the arc.Published on Goodreads on 7.5.20. 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, becomingadept 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. These books are basically crack to me so you’re not going to get a super balanced or neutral review here I probably also shouldn’t be making drug jokes right after reading Dopesick, but I don’t have a better way to describe it! Karin Slaughter’s books just do it for me—as soon as I finish one I’m immediately looking around to see if there’s another Luckily we got The Silent Wife less than a year after The Last Widow, and honestly:I had to double check, but I believe this is the first police/crime thriller I’ve read since the George Floyd protests, at least where the protagonists are almost entirely members of law enforcement It’s interesting to revisit a beloved series with this different point of view, almost as if I’m seeing some things for the first time While there may have been time for some tweaks, based on the international publication days I’m assuming pretty much all of The Silent Wife was written without this added layer of scrutiny Therefore I was really pleasantly surprised with how well the material holds up.Slaughter has never been one to hold back, especially when depicting some of the realities for women and nonwhite members of the community and police force Spoiler for Triptych: (view spoiler)[Hell the first villain that we see Will Trent chase down is a rapist cop (hide spoiler)]