Updated: Oct 15, 2019
Karin Slaughter has done it again! I never manage to get to sleep on time when I'm reading one of her books. As usual, this one kept me up way late into the night.
Dr. Sara Linton is taking some time off from Atlanta's Grady Hospital to finally go back home to Grant County and visit her family for the first time in three and a half years, the first time she's been back since her husband was killed. She has a lot of unresolved feelings about being back home, but her strong and supportive family is all there and she wants to see them. However, she has unwittingly stepped right into the middle of a fiasco. Honestly, I'd expect nothing less from this series.
A college girl appears to have committed suicide (although we already know better from the prologue) in the lake central to the town. One of the officers quickly realizes that it isn't a suicide, but rather a murder. Officer Lena Adams also happens to be the same woman that Sara has a huge grudge against, as she blames the officer for playing a major role in the death of Sara's husband, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver. I know it's a bit confusing, but keep in mind this is the fourth book in the series.
You very quickly realize that this is small town America, where not everything is what it seems, and the police department is not immune. Everyone has secrets, and the police aren't squeaky clean by a long shot. A little police work identifies a suspect rather quickly, but things go off the rails quickly, getting Sara involved, and then Special Agent Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is called in to investigate not only the crime but the police department as well.
I'd love to say this is a slow-burn, but that isn't exactly Karin Slaughter's style. This book is fast-paced from start to finish. There's twists and turns that I never saw coming. I was shocked by the plot developments from start to finish. I love her character developments all throughout the book. The richness of each character makes no one totally good or bad, so it's pretty easy to sympathize with nearly every single character in the book. Everyone makes poor choices, and the characters are no different. Karin Slaughter is a master, and has quickly become one of my favorite writers.
This is definitely one of her less gruesome books, and for that I am grateful. But she has a unique way of sucking me in from the first page and keeping me enthralled from the first page to the last, leaving me desperate to get my hands on the next book. If you haven't read any of the Will Trent novels, do so right away. Unless of course you have a weak stomach. In that case, stay away. Some of them can get pretty gory. But make sure to read them in order. I happened to start these on book #8, and it gave away a lot of information that I wished I didn't know in advance. Happy reading!
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