Unseen

 Karin Slaughter does it again!  I could be mean and leave it there… but I won’t.

Unseen is the seventh full length book in the Will Trent series and her fourteenth overall.  With every new book comes the slight fear that this one won’t be up to her usual standard, as it’s something I do see in authors of long running series.  Happily, right from the first chapter, I knew that this wasn’t going to be the case and it continually amazes me that she manages to produce such high quality stories time and time again.

In this story, Slaughter really put me through the wringer.  It’s cleverly written in a way that draws you in and there are some sections that are ‘a few days earlier‘ which could have been annoying, but actually it added some depth to what was going on with one of the characters.  She doesn’t hold back on the darker sides of life nor the realities that, if we are lucky, we never have to experience.  I get the feeling though that she hits these accurately and I can only imagine that the research involved must have been extremely harrowing.

Will Trent, Sara Linton and Lena Adams are without a doubt three of my most favourite characters.  Flawed, strong, stubborn and broken, they have all been through so much and are still (mostly) standing.  There is quite a lot of character progression in Unseen which I was overjoyed about, but also there was proof that even the nicest of people have their breaking point.  The end of the book left me with a huge feeling of satisfaction but the details of why, I’m afraid you are going to have to find out for yourself 😉

The pace of the story was good and coupled with a compelling and shocking plot, it meant I didn’t want to put the book down.

Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime writers out there in my opinion and her brand of gritty, exciting, intriguing and often horrific storytelling with superb characterisations means that she is an author I recommend time and time again.

So, if you haven’t read anything by her yet, go and start now with Blindsighted from the Grant County Series!  I won’t wait though, as you have a lot to catch up on 😉

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Karin Slaughter
  • Series: WIll Trent (7)
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Criminal

 I think I was hooked on Karin Slaughter right from her very first book.  She has the ability to create scenarios that contain the worst and the best of people, characters that you either love or hate, even when you perhaps shouldn’t.  As with any long standing series, it can become stale and repetitive yet Slaughter manages to avoid that trap, unafraid to say goodbye to major and much loved characters because it makes sense in the story rather than using a get-out clause that make some characters seem invulnerable.

Criminal is a story told in two time periods and is a very personal one to Will Trent.  His history with Amanda Wagner has always been confusing to him (and the reader), and finally, we have the answer!

We see Amanda as a fresh faced young woman, in a time when women were expected to marry and stay at home, not become police officers.  The attitudes of the time were appalling but it really gave you an insight into what makes her tick and why she is how she is now.  As a character I really disliked up until now, it was a surprising turnaround for me.

Will is really at a crisis point, in a relationship with Sara Linton but still unable to open up, to let her into his past, one that he doesn’t even understand himself until events start unravelling and he has no choice but to follow.

Sara is as likeable as ever, strong and determined but with her own flaws.  She dealt with many of them in past books so while her presence wasn’t at the fore in this story, it was a necessary one.

The pace, as always in a Slaughter book, is unrelenting but the switch between the different time periods provided a much welcome pause for breath.  Criminal’s plot is thoroughly enjoyable and I was on the edge of my seat wondering if Amanda could solve the current case, and if everyone would be able to deal with the outfall.  Tense stuff!

I admire Karin Slaughter’s writing ability a great deal, her books are easy to read and understandable but with no lessening of impact or shock in core scenes.  She conjures up crime scenes that give me a visceral reaction and once I start reading, I can’t stop. Criminal was no exception and a brilliant addition to the series.  I just want more, and given the last page, it’s going to be another gripping book!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Karin Slaughter
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