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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter


The Last Widow

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 20th 2019 by William Morrow


Goodreads synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

A mysterious kidnapping

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. Vanished into thin air, the authorities are desperate to save the doctor. 

A devastating explosion

One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhood’s has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

A diabolical enemy

Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.


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4.5 Stars

This is the ninth book in the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter. This is the first time reading a book in this series and I had no trouble getting up to speed with the dynamics between the characters and situation involved in the story.

I am not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t this. I was pleasantly surprised.

Basic premise: A scientist from the CDC is taken from a shopping mall. A week later there are two explosions around Emory University. Sara Linton a medical examiner and Will Trent an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations hurry to the scene and get stopped by a car accident. Things quickly turn south and the same guys who took the CDC lady now have Sara! Then the hunt is on to find them and discover what is truly going on.

Will is not in the best shape to go searching for Sara but he is in love with her and wants to be involved in the investigation.

Not much happens in the story in the first third of the book. There is a lot of transport from location to location going on and pulling in teams to search for Sara and uncover the bombers. After the halfway point things start to take off and it becomes so much more interesting. The first third has a lot of repeated passages as we see things from both Will’s and Sara’s perspectives. That was kind of annoying at first. Then I understood what was happening and just skimmed those sections until new material surfaced.

The bad guy was a bit of a hypocrite since all he seemed to hate is all he embodied. If he was viewing himself with unknowing eyes, he would hate the man he was looking at. And what he did to all those kids was unthinkable. I can kind of understand hating others that aren’t your kin but washing your hands of your own family and wanting to start anew is a bit beyond the creep factor. What a ghoul.

Great book. A bit in the long side for me but hang in there. It is worth it in the end. I am curious about the eight prior books now. I will have to check them out.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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