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Book Review: The Silent Wife – Karin Slaughter ๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€

I have to confess that I bought and first read this book when it was released in April 2021. At the time I was completely sideswiped by both the content – Slaughter doesnโ€™t hold back on the gruesome details – and the denouement of the real serial killer that I couldnโ€™t set my thoughts down in a review.

Watching the Will Trent series on TV and the upcoming release of book eleven in this series made me decide to pick the book up again and revisit it before After That Night is released next month.

After a riot in the local prison the GBI are called in to investigate the murder of an inmate. One of the convicts offers to assist their investigation in exchange for a review of the evidence that convicted him eight years earlier. Incidentally it was a case that Chief Tolliver and Lena had been integral in getting Daryl charged and convicted. He says he has proof that more cases have occurred while he has been incarcerated.

The original murders are particularly horrific. A student leaves her shared accommodation after a row with her room mates and goes for a very early run to get rid of the anger and tension she is feeling. Less than an hour later her body is found in the woods.

As Will and Faith start to look at the newspaper cuttings they begin to realise the enormity of what has been missed. Most of the murders have been misjudged and declared as โ€œaccidentsโ€ in different districts so no-one is correlating the evidence and realising that there is a predatory serial killer in their midst.

I canโ€™t recommend this series of books enough. If you are new to Karinโ€™s books you are in for a real treat. Start with the Grant County series that begin with Blindsighted. These books introduce Sara Linton and Chief Tolliver and these stories heavily influence the eventual Will Trent series.

UK publication date: 15 Apr 2021. 512 pages

Categories: 5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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