Just finished this book and I loved it - was very hard to put down and now that I've finished it I can get on with all the things I kept putting off while I was engrossed in this story. I've now read pretty much all of Karin Slaughter's books and it's always great to cozy up to the same characters with all their flaws. I highly recommend this book if you love complex characters and grisly serial murders.
I loved it. She sprinkles current cultural references throughout which make we wonder about readers ten years from now understanding. Her laboratory and medical information is detailed (for fiction). Yes it is long and sometimes repetitive, but I like long novels. I guessed who the murderer was halfway through because the character was mentioned, I thought unnecessarily, frequently. In the author's comments she states she writes love stories and she wanted to bring attention to violence against females. Yet her love story in this novel concerns Will Trent who was horribly abused and abandoned as a child, later married to a manipulative, sadistic serial killer, and remains struggling with his issues, emotionally unavailable, and mysterious. The "love" seems to me more of a woman who thinks her "love" can heal a very damaged man. She states "only I can love him as he needs to be loved." Strange that the author would be sensitive to violence against females yet promote this relationship as healthy.
Fifth book and last book. This is the book.
For folks that are new to Karin Slaughter, her books are more police procedural than mystery. She is excellent at developing characters and her plot is always well formed. If you are not familiar with the characters Will, Sara or Lena then I suggest you read some of her previous works and this title will make more sense however her stand alone books and her series are so entertaining and well written. This one was no different for me, I loved how we got to see Sara and Will's relationship progress further. Five stars from me.
The early Will Trent stories were always difficult and heart-rendering to read. We cheered him on as he overcame his demons, fears and insecurities. 'The Silent Wife' brings us back to his demons and to those of Sara Linton, which are many and equally heartbreaking.
'The Silent Wife' takes us back to Grant County, to the days of Jeffrey Tolliver, (and yes, his demons), and Lena Adams. I suspect we are not done with Lena Adams. We will probably never be done with Lena Adams.
'The Silent Wife' goes back and forth seamlessly between now and then, connected by heinous crimes, mistakes made and horrible revelations.
I suspected 'who did it' but was shocked at the denouement of that character.
My favorite line comes not from the story but from the author's note at the end -WHICH YOU SHOULD NOT READ UNTIL YOU FINISH THE BOOK!-
"I bet you guys didn't notice that I've been secretly writing love stories.
Really gritty, violent love stories, but still."
Karin Slaughter writes intense books but they are tempered by her sarcasm and wit, usually through the characters of Faith Mitchell and the always irascible Amanda Wagner.
You could probably read 'The Silent Wife' as a stand-alone but you will be missing the great depth of the characters and the events that developed it.
I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Is this author being paid by the word? I found this book tiresomely repetitive. The focus was on endless internal dialogues characters are having about relationship issues. First, I think the mystery genre lends itself more to character and relationships being revealed by actions that also propel the plot forward. Second, the characters' ruminations were boring to me. And, the thoughts she assigned to Will Trent did not seem authentic to me. Another minor quibble about style: the transitions from the present to 5 years in the past were jarring and the juxtaposition didn't accomplish anything for me. Each storyline didn't really inform the other in the way successful "now & then" novels are written.
It was an okay book. If you have an aversion to morbidity and extreme violence, then this one might not be for you. I found it tiresomely repetitive - Jeremy (dead at this time) and Will (her new loved one). Could also have been about 100 pages shorter. Wouldn't recommend it. Just rented her 2019 "The Last Widow". Will have to think that one through before immersing into another 445-page novel.
I have got to read more by this author.
When a convicted killer points out that he was in jail when someone attacked a woman using an eerily similar method....
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