Book Review – The Kept Woman

by Karin Slaughter (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9781780893570

Will entered, in the midst of a bloody, gory murder scene, after a brief moment of concern for Betty, his small dog, who was having her teeth cleaned, because if the vet was to be believed, you needed to take out a mortgage to pay for the bills associated with poor dental hygiene in dogs.

And there you have a taste of Karin Slaughter. Her books are darkly amusing, clever and gruesome. That’s before you’ve met the characters.

Special agent Will Trent has a messed up past that will never leave him alone. His feisty partner, Faith is a single mother, determined to be the best agent in the GBI. Amazing Amanda is their bitchy boss, who never fails to fling a sarcastic, poisoned comment that will leave your jaw hanging. They’ve just been joined by medical examiner Sara Linton, a beautiful doctor. Sara and Will are trying being in love, and the fact that the murder scene has large amounts of blood belonging to Will’s wife, Angie (yes, I did say wife!) is not helpful.

Will thinks he can find Angie, because he knows her. Sara can tell from the scene that her chances of survival are small.

Karin Slaughter, do you sleep? I can’t. A page turner of note, a lot of blood, not for the faint-hearted. The characters are caught up in horrific scenes and the plot moves at a cracking pace – good confronting evil at every turn.

It’s a brilliant read, and ticks all the boxes – psychological crime at its very best.

Bev Bouwer

Karin Slaughter is the internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen crime thrillers. Following her New York Times stand-alone bestsellers, Cop Town and Pretty Girls, she has penned this eighth instalment in the Will Trent Series.

The body of a retired cop is found in a partially constructed nightclub in Atlanta. The blood and evidence at the scene indicate that there was another victim. Will Trent’s ex-wife, Angie’s purse and gun are found at the scene. To further complicate things, the night club belongs to Atlanta’s favourite basketball star Marcus Rippy. Will had just concluded a seven-month brutal rape case against Rippy. Wealthy and protected by expensive lawyers, Rippy had gotten away with it.

Time is running out for Angie based on Medical Examiner, Sara Linton’s, analysis of blood at the scene. Will is obsessed with finding Angie which threatens his year long relationship with Sara.

Slaughter delves into the physical and mental abuse of women and children in her books and so it is a major theme in this book. I was on the edge of my seat as Will scrambles to solve the case before his world implodes.

I found this book completely addictive.

Ewa Fabris

Posted on: 26th September 2016