Review: The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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Release date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Goodreads blurb: 

The latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestelling author, Karin Slaughter.

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 . . . 


Will Trent is back y’all!!!! If you’re like me and have been anxiously awaiting the latest installment in this series, rest assured you will not be disappointed. Karin Slaughter has done it again! She always manages to break my heart then slowly and painstakingly pieces it back together and this was no exception. This will be a difficult review for me to write as I do not want to even hint at a spoiler, but here we go!

This is the eighth book in the Will Trent series and I strongly recommend reading the previous books before reading this. Slaughter has so deeply, and beautifully, developed all of the characters in this series and you would be missing out on critical pieces of this story if you started with book eight. In fact, I really think you should go all the way back to book one in her Grant County series to start. It just makes the most sense as these series basically merged with the first book in the Will Trent series.

 I’m so happy that Sara is now officially part of the team! It was inevitable but I was still really pleased to hear it. I was also super excited to see that Will and Sara are still together. Those two just slay me. Sigh. Then we have Angie. Another sigh. I think it’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has read this series loathes this woman. She’s completely despicable and has zero redeeming qualities. Imagine my surprise to feel sympathy for this monster while reading this book. I know, I’ll take my cone of shame now. But it really was absolutely fascinating to find out more about Angie and what made her who she is today. I still don’t like her, but Slaughter made me understand her more.

Per Slaughter’s usual style, this book is dark, disturbing, violent and graphic. I love that but just a warning if that stuff is not your cup of tea. Slaughter’s writing is so vivid that I really can picture myself standing in a crime scene next to Will, Faith, Sara and Amanda. The descriptions she writes really force the reader to imagine the scene and even if it’s twisted and sick, I really like being able to immerse myself so fully in a book. Fans of police procedurals will gobble this book up as its a well executed classic in that manner. She does manage to inject humor right at the perfect moment, which the reader needs just as much as the characters. Speaking of these characters, they are so beautifully complex. I’m always emotional when reading her novels, mostly because I’m so invested and connected to these characters and their lives.If you couldn’t already tell, Will is my favorite. He’s so vulnerable and wounded but so very love able. 

The action really ramps up in the second half of the book as it flashes back and adds details I was dying to learn. Slaughter brilliantly drops bread crumbs along the way that leave the reader frustrated, confused, and most importantly entirely engaged and dying to find out what really happened. Then she hits you with constant twists and turns that always manage to shock and awe me. 

I could blab about this book and series all day long, but without revealing plot details, I’ll stop here. Just read this book, this series, read anything by Karin Slaughter. She’s a master at her craft and as Gillian Flynn is quoted as saying on the front cover, “I’d follow her anywhere.” Amen Gillian, amen.

Overall rating: 5/5

Huge thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss for my copy in exchange for an honest review.


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