Description: A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It’s the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim – a woman – has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city’s biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete – a local hero protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.
But for Will – and also for Dr. Sara Linton, the GBI’s newest medical examiner – the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will’s troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.
But Sara’s scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out . . .
The first (and only) novel I had read by Karin Slaughter was “Blindsighted” with my book club a few months back. It was a riveting, but an incredibly twisted book that had me calling my mom every night to keep me company on the walk home from work. As much as I couldn’t put the book down, I was a little nervous to begin reading “The Kept Woman.
“The Kept Woman” completely surpassed my expectations. In some ways, it wasn’t as graphically disturbing as “Blindsighted,” but Slaughter still threw curve ball after twisted and disturbing curve ball. Beginning at the scene of a cop’s brutal murder in an abandoned club owned by a mega talent agency, the main detective Will Trent discovers that his estranged wife is involved and presumed dead… while his new girlfriend and medical examiner Sara is standing right next to him.
Will’s past as an orphan plays a major part in his actions and responses, forcing him to deal with his inability to communicate with Sara or let go of his ex, Angie. Discovering that Angie had a daughter added to her humanity and softened her character, but her love for her daughter seemed a little exaggerated particularly when she clearly had no concept of love or family. While the characters’ own love triangle was interesting and connected them to the case on a deeper level, it was the entangled talent agency with their slew of celebrity athletes that really moved this story forward. The athletes’ relationships and perverse sense of entitlement that allowed them to think they could get away with anything was very relevant and realistic in today’s world.
In the spirit of not spilling any spoilers, this novel had me gasping at the cruel and sick turns until the very end. Any fan of psychological thrillers needs to read this novel. My only disappointment is with myself because I didn’t realize that it was a series. It’s hard to find a great series and despite having skipped ahead to “The Kept Woman,” I’m ready to go back and start from the beginning of the Will Trent Series.
About the Author:
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent Series, Grant County Series, and stand-alone novel Cop Town are all in development for film & television.
*I received this ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.