Book Review: The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

I am on a roll with police dramas at the moment! It will eventually come to an end, but. not with this latest read.

Goodreads Blurb

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognizes the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof. The killer is still out there.

As Will digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake…



For those of you who are already fans of Karin Slaughter’s work, you will know that The Silent Wife is the tenth book in the Will Trent series. For those of you who aren’t, don’t let that fact put you off. This is one of the very few books that are part of a series that can actually be read and enjoyed as a standalone story.

What really brought this to light for me was the characters. By book ten one would expect plenty of character development to have already happened. Yet, I didn’t feel lost. The author had a wonderful way of bringing new readers up to speed without making it obvious that information was being repeated for their sake. I mean, the author’s knack for writing good characters is brilliant anyway. I can’t recall the last time I fell in love with characters so instantaneously, whether it be the depth of Will’s personality or the comedic element Faith added to the story, as well as being a strong female who excels at her job.

What brought The Silent Wife from an excellent book to an amazing book was the well-written plot. It was so raw and graphic, but also soft and filled with hope, primarily due to Will and Sara’s relationship. However, be warned as they are certainly more graphic scenes then they are romantic. This suited me completely but there are parts that might be triggering to others (for instance, discussions of rape). I could go on for days about the author’s writing style: slick, sharp, well-researched, gritty, full of twists – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Sounds like your kind of read? Then pick up your copy of The Silent Wife today. I’m off to start working through the previous nine.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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