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


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by Karin Slaughter (Century) ISBN 9781846057977 R215, 00

Karin Slaughter is the novelist who takes readers where no other writers will go. I followed the Dr Sarah Linton novels - captivated, terrified, and sometimes simply brutally shocked. Slaughter doesn’t believe in rules and boundaries for her characters. She imagines the best and the worst things that can happen and she writes everything into the stories. 

In Criminal, Special Agent Will Trenton has to deal with his past. His father, a serial killer who tortured and killed his mother, has been paroled, and a girl has been murdered - a lot like the first girl he murdered 40 years earlier. Will is ordered off the case by his boss, Amanda Wagner, who worked the first case all those years ago. 

Will is in love with Dr Sarah Linton, but he’s still married to Angie, an ally from his days spent in foster care and children’s homes. Will Sarah be able to accept his past? Do they have a future? And can they withstand the trademark cliffhanger Slaughter ending? Although I enjoy Slaughter’s writing, I found alternating between the past and the present distracting and alienating in this novel. I think the scenes are also a little too long. There was too much information to process. I hope her next novel is more focused. 

Amanda Patterson

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by Karin Slaughter (Random House) ISBN 978-1-8460-5795-3


Expecting to find her mother home minding her new baby daughter, Emma, Faith is horrified to find her baby locked in the shed.


Her mother, Evelyn, is missing; the safe is open, her gun missing and a trail of blood leads to the front door. A man lies dead in the bloodied hallway.


Faith doesn't wait for back up but explores the plundered house alone. She stumbles across two more intruders and within minutes they are shot dead.


When the Atlanta police force turns up, Faith has some difficult questions to answer. Her mother, Evelyn, was the ex-Atlanta police chief. There is a lot of conflict in this novel and savage scenes of questioning.


Will and Dr Sara Linton, try to piece together the fragments of a brutal and complicated case. They are on the lookout for a vicious and troubled murderer. This is a well written book and you are in for a joyride if you want to solve this mystery.


Dee Andrew



Fallen became an instant bestseller and I know why…. this is the best Karin Slaughter novel I have read!


Special Agent Faith Mitchell of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrives home to find a dead man in her house, her baby hidden in the shed, and her mother missing. From the moment she realises her mother is in danger, the pace and the action never stop. You get completely drawn into the case.


I connected with her characters – it’s not just a series of action events, but action embedded in a very personal story about a woman facing a threat to her family and her home. I step into Faith’s world and it feels real. Faith needs to find her mother, but as she is personally involved as witness and suspect, she is taken off the case.


So she turns to her partner Will Trent, who delves into the investigation to dig beyond the lies and secrets to help find her mother. Along with trauma doctor Sara Linton from the Grant Count series and Trent’s tough boss Amanda Wagner, we are taken on a fast paced journey to solve the case.


Well worth the read; I was enthralled and did not want it to end!


Shelley Roe-Berning


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