Karin Slaughter is one of my ALL-TIME favourite authors.
The Will Trent series is one of my absolute favourite crime series.
And The silent Wife is now one of my favourite books of 2020.*
*(I am aware I’m overusing the word favourite, but I have no regrets!)
It’s fair to assume that this is going to be a very positive review/blog post. In fact, I would entirely forgive you if you stopped reading my words right here and went and picked up The Silent Wife instead. Go, go, go… You can thank me later 😀
From the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author comes a gripping new crime thriller featuring Will Trent and Sara Linton
A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she has no reason to be afraid, but she’s wrong. A predator is stalking the women of Grant County. He lingers in the shadows, until the time is just right to snatch his victim.
A decade later, the case has been closed. The killer is behind bars. But then another young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead, and the MO is identical.
Although the original trail has gone cold – memories have faded, witnesses have disappeared – agent Will Trent and forensic pathologist Sara Linton must re-open the cold case. But the clock is ticking, and the killer is determined to find his perfect silent wife….
Great sounding blurb, right?!?!?! But it doesn’t really do the book justice.
I loved The Silent Wife – it was dark, a tad gory, gutsy and utterly gripping. Clever, clever writing.
Personally, and this really is just my personal view but I wouldn’t recommend jumping into The Silent Wife without reading the previous books – I am sure you could. Karin Slaughter is a great writer and The Silent Wife certainly could be read as a standalone, but you would miss so much of the backstory. And I LOVE the backstory that she has carefully crafted and created over the years. I feel like I know the characters, the places and all the daily drama as well as all the big cases that populates the series – I am invested.
Karin Slaughter is an auto-buy author for me, not just because she writes some fascinating and surprising crime plots (AND SHE DOES), but it is her great characterisation that keeps me coming back for more. I love following Will and Sara and Faith and Emma and Amanda and even Lena. AND. And it’s a big AND – Jeffrey is back. The Silent Wife features chapters set back in the past, the story follows a clever dual timeline as we track down the killer. I am so sorry if I am making no sense – and I probably won’t to anyone that hasn’t read some of the previous books. But JEFFREY.
If you are thinking what!?!?! I will try and reign in the crazy enthusiasm and simply write – The Silent Wife is a great book that is well written, well paced and features some fantastic characters. READ IT. READ IT NOW – so we can discuss.
I know I haven’t written much about the plot, but The Silent Wife doesn’t disappoint. I have read most of Karin Slaughter’s books and I’ve yet to be let down – she writes some intense, dark and detailed stories that always make me want to read one more chapter, one more page, one more word… and her latest offering doesn’t disappoint.
Apologies for my ramblings! I feel like my post is less of a review and much more of a ramble about why you should read not only The Silent Wife, but the WHOLE Will Trent series.
I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it a lot.
Have you read it? Are you a Will and Sara fan? Are you planning on reading it soon?
I received a copy of The Silent Wife for review by the publisher, which was all arranged by the fantastic blog tour organiser – Thank you!