Weighing in at a hefty 560 pages The Kept Woman is the eighth book in Slaughter’s Will Trent series. If you haven’t read any of these I wholeheartedly recommend going back to the very beginning and reading Blindsighted. This is the first of the Grant County series and where we first meet Dr Sara Linton. Start here in Linton’s Grant County and then follow the story through the Will Trent series.
As the drama starts to unfold Will has just finished working on a difficult case where Marcus Rippy, a renowned local basketball star, has managed to evade prosecution after a young girl at one of his parties was brutally raped. The GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) team are called out to a derelict nightclub where a body has been found. In a curious twist the nightclub is owned by Rippy and the body that has been recovered is an ex-policeman.
Sara Linton is now working for the GBI and in her first official case working for them she starts her analysis of the crime scene and uncovers some facts that will ultimately lead to Will’s life falling apart. His destructive wife Angie Polaski takes a starring role in this story and in many ways this is more Angie’s story than Will’s. Some fans may not like that but I really enjoyed getting to grips with the wild and impetuous Angie.
This isn’t a book for the faint of heart as there are some fairly graphic scenes of drug taking, abuse, and murder all the way through this story. All of the characters that you know and love from the previous books are back in force and we learn a lot more about Amanda and her relationships with Faith, Will and Angie.
Three years since the last full novel this book was definitely well worth waiting for. It is a complicated and involving story will have you on the edge of your seat for days.
Supplied by Net Galley and Random House UK in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: 14th July 2016. 560 pages.