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The Kept Woman: A Novel (Will Trent Book 8) Kindle Edition
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With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.
Studying the body, Sara Linton--the GBI's newest medical examiner and Will's lover--realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim--a woman--who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn't found.
Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city's most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete--a man who's already gotten away with rape, despite Will's exhaustive efforts to put him away.
But when evidence links Will's troubled past to the case, the consequences will tear through his life, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends--and even the suspects he pursues.--The Skimm --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : September 20, 2016
- Print Length : 483 pages
- Publisher : William Morrow (September 20, 2016)
- ASIN : B019WVPSUO
- File Size : 1894 KB
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- Language: : English
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0062696300
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- Best Sellers Rank: #14,303 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So I think this will be my last book by Slaughter. Its well written and a great thriller. But while Will Trent and Sara Linton just can't seem to let Angie go, I can. Like many other readers, I was hopeful that this book would but an end to her, or at least get her out of the next book. But no. Angie is not the most heinous character in Slaughter's work, but she's the most infuriating, not for what she does but for how others react to her. In spite of Will's tortured childhood, he's not stupid, and neither is Sara. So why is she still in the picture? Why do they allow her to interfere in their life? Unlike Will and Sara I can walk away from Angie, and I will.
I'll check future reviews and if Angie is gone I may buy Slaughter again, but only if the whole "Angie lurks on the edges of their life and Will and Sara get all twisted up about it" is over.
This book focuses a lot on the back story of Will and Angie (Will's wife), issues that have come up between Angie and Sarah (Will's girlfriend), and Angie's past with the department. The past is all tied together with the current case that the department is currently working on, with Angie right smack in the middle of. It is really hard to explain without giving spoilers.
Slaughter does what she normally does and gives great character development and a fantastic story that builds on her previous books. I honestly don't feel this is a stand alone book because there is so much rich history about characters that we have come to love (or hate) and to not have that going into this book, well I could see were you would just dislike all the characters.
I do wish for a more permanent ending with Angie. I am really sick of her having her claws in Will. I believe Slaughter wants to try to get us to like her in some small way like she did Lena in previous books, but I was never a fan of Lena's either.
I can pretty much piggy back on the comments made in previous reviews. The writing here is tight. This is NOT a stand alone book, but you could read it after reading one or two of the Will Trent series and it would be fairly seamless, as Ms. Slaughter is excellent at writing in back stories without making you feel like she's repeating herself in every novel.
So, we start out with a bloody and brutal murder. We also start out with Will & Sara in some-what domestic bliss. Of course Angie is going to raise her beautiful, yet ugly, head.
I do get the feeling that Ms. Slaughter loves Angie, most authors do love their creations, even the most heinous of characters. Perhaps that's why we got that huge chunk of the story from Angie's POV?
Honestly, I really cannot stand Angie, and no matter how horrible her life has been, she gets no sympathy from me. I think if she were raised in privilege and with loving parents that she would still be a user, still be selfish and destructive. I usually enjoy anti-hero characters and root for their partial redemption. Angie has none.
Next book, let's find her dead and buried!
Needless to say, Angie wreaks havoc on the lives of everyone she touches. Her brutally tragic backstory is revealed in "real-time" as the book's timeline swings between past and present. Her horrifying past molded a young girl into a cold-hearted, uncaring, dangerous, psychotic madwoman - one hellbent on destroying anyone and everyone who crosses her path. Angie uses dark secrets and half-truths like daggers, piercing the heart of her target over and over with her malicious lies as she stalks her prey and leaves a bloodbath in her wake. She hasn't a clue what love and happiness should feel like - and if she can't have it, she'll make d*mn sure that Will doesn't either. Every time I felt even an inkling of sympathy for Angie, she threw another of her poisonous daggers - intentionally destroying lives with her vicious manipulation. The depth of this character's derangement is truly frightening at times - as is her pain.
Will Trent is . . . Will. Fans of the series know what I'm talking about. It's impossible not to care about this damaged, haunted man-of-few-words as he struggles to accept the idea that he might actually deserve the love and support of a woman like Sara Linton. He knows their relationship is fragile and dependent upon him trusting her with the truth and upon breaking the powerful, destructive, magnetic pull that Angie Polaski holds over him. For the past 30 years, he's been there for Angie every time she returned, allowing her to manipulate him, to walk all over him, always helping her, no questions asked. Can he finally find the strength to tell Angie "No" or will he allow Angie to manipulate her way back into his life and destroy the happiness he's found with Sara? Sara learns Will hasn't shared all his secrets with her . . . will this be the straw that finally breaks the camel's back? Has she finally had enough of this whole nightmare to call it quits?
The Kept Woman is INTENSE - cover to cover can't stop reading intense, hyperventilating, heart stopping intense, sit up all night to finish reading intense. For me, it ranks up there with the last Grant County book, Beyond Reach, in intensity and emotional overload. The story is graphic & raw (rubbing chest) - it made me hurt and wish for "more" for these characters - all of them. The action is high, the case a mystery, the plot twisted and then twisted again, the story shocking & riveting, and the characters so d*mn real - dark, damaged, fallible - some evoke hate and contempt, others love and caring. Brilliant addition to the series, Karin Slaughter! Thank you for another Must Read! A burn the house down Page Turner!
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As always Karen doesn't disspoint, her writing is brilliant and the storyline Is interesting.
I have to say, she did a great job showing us what Angie is all about, having read her previous works it was easy to hate the character, but after reading this I found myself having some respect for the layered character.
I really felt for Sara in this book, there was a lot of emotional beating for her to take, loving will isn't an easy job and this book showed it.
But I still can't stop myself for rooting for will and Sara, relationships aren't easy and karin has shown that beautifully with these two.
I also liked the little snippets of insight into Amandas personality, it's interesting to see Character who always comes across as tough and cold to show just a glance of the caring person they are, I love her and wills relationship.
Over all I applaud karin for another amazing book that's filled with humor, complicated relationships, interesting storylines and details.
Can't wait for the next book!
The Kept Woman is the eighth outing for her character, Will Trent. I rather enjoy his idiosyncrasies.They make him interesting and different to other detectives in this genre. Slaughter is just amazing at characterization: as much as I love Will for his flaws, I dislike very strongly Angie for her selfishness. Slaughter's writing is not for the faint hearted. It is gritty and dark, very gritty and dark. I have warned you! I also found this book a bit confusing. It has a great many characters many of whom are involved in different story lines, the time periods include past and present and family relationships seem to crop up where you would not expect them.
Sara, Will's girlfriend, is the medical examiner and is called to a murder where the dead body is that of a police officer. Sara realizes that the extensive amount of blood does not belong to the corpse, but belongs to a woman. They must find the missing woman as she may be close to death with the amount of blood lost, whether she is a victim or a killer.
The body is found in a night club owned by a basketball star that was accused of rape. A case that Will had been investigating. With high priced lawyers, and other powerful allies, the athlete was able to walk. And if that is not enough on his plate, Angie is back in his life.
This book was an especially emotional rollercoaster. We get to know Angie's story. She is still married to Will and The Kept Woman gives the reader insight to how she got to be the way she is. If you enjoy complicated, crime thrillers. The Kept Woman is the novel for you.
Serial killer thrillers are my genre of choice, and Karin Slaughter is up there with the best of them. I really admire her writing style and she writes stories that I enjoy. Feet up, phone of the hook lose yourself in a well thought out puzzley read and R-E-L-A-X