William Morrow | August 2019 | 464 pgs
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Karin Slaughter is one of the best authors I've come across for writing dark and compelling suspense thrillers. Some of her books aren't always easy to read but she captures the realism and sensitivity behind her stories which will make you think and feel for the characters. 

The story begins with a bang with a kidnapping scene. Michelle Spivey, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control, was kidnapped when she and her teenage daughter were out at a shopping center parking lot. The police are still trying to locate her but to no avail. 

One month later, two explosions were heard at Emory University. Situated in the busiest city in Atlanta, there are also hospitals and the CDC within the neighbourhood. The explosions led medical examiner, Sara Linton, and her partner, Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rushed out from their place to investigate the scene. Unfortunately, the explosion incident was simply a conspiracy act to lure Sara out; and in no time Sara was abducted by a team of assailants who has a secret agenda which the reader wouldn't know until later. Devastated, Will approaches his boss and colleague, Amanda Wagner and Faith Mitchell, to devise a plan and hoping to persuade them into allowing him to go undercover in order to save Sara. 

As the story progresses, the reader would find out why Michelle and Sara are being targeted by the assailants and the truth will hit anyone's gut because this group of people used to be in paramilitary units and they fight for a cause which they think is rightful and having the power to control. In other words, it's a white supremacist domestic terrorism and the author has painted a frightening world which is not far from realism. As you may have guessed, this is a fast-paced and action-packed story and you'll feel for the characters as you read further. Despite this is the ninth installment of the Will Trent series, it works as a stand-alone. I may not have read all of Karin Slaughter's books but so far I've enjoyed those I read.

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8 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    I'm a little leery of anything to do with white supremacist terrorism right now! I'd like to read this one, but it feels almost too real. What a frightening world we live in.

  2. Lark Says:

    Sounds very suspenseful! And a little scary, too.

  3. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - It wasn't an easy read, that's for sure, but it's Karin Slaughter's so I can't pass this up. :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - Yes, it was both a suspenseful and a scary read. As Jenclair mentioned, we're all living in a frightening world. :(

  5. Iliana Says:

    This sounds quite different from the Karin Slaughter books I've read. She does write good suspense but oh boy sometimes I find her books a bit much when it comes to violence.

  6. While I enjoyed the one book of hers I have read, I didn't love it. I really should give her another try. This sounds like a good one! Although, the white supremacist domestic terrorism angle might hit too close to home right now. But it sounds very relevant for the times.

  7. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Yes, this is a bit different from her other books but still an intense read. I agree some of her books are a bit much when it comes to violence.

  8. Melody Says:

    Wendy - This isn't my favourite Slaughter book but her writing is good so I'm always on a look out for her new releases.

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