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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 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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I always expect great things from a Karin Slaughter novel.  She raises the bar with every book she writes and Fallen is no exception.  Right from the first chapter I was drawn in and if life had allowed it, I would have read it in one sitting.

The majority of the story takes place in just three days and every one of them is nail biting, on the edge of your seat and utterly gripping.

It was great to see Faith Mitchell back in action again after she took an amusing but back seat role in Broken due to having a baby.  Being a mother again has definitely increased her ferocity!  Will Trent is another character who I just can’t get enough of, he’s such a wonderful mix of quiet confidence, capability and vulnerability.  Karin always developes her characters so naturally over time, and after showing signs of coming out of his shell in Broken, Will continues to improve in leaps and bounds in Fallen.  The change in him is partly due to my favourite doctor, Sara Linton who I hope Karin adds as a permanent member of the cast in this series.  The attraction between Sara and Will is undeniable now and so sweet for many reasons.  With Grant County now behind her she continues to build her life in Atlanta.

In my opinion it is a major feat bringing two such distinct series together and has been a painful pleasure to read and watch it happen.  As the Grant County series started to draw to a close and the cast of the other started to merge with it.  It’s a testament to Karin Slaughter’s powerful writing that out of the ashes, we now have a new one, a blending of both.

The plot itself is amazingly intricate and extremely clever.  The crime is against Faith Mitchell’s own family and secrets that have been kept for nineteen years start to emerge.  I love how the book was like one big puzzle with the pieces almost fitting together, only to find you have pieces that don’t belong or are missing a few others.  By the time the missing pieces were found, I don’t think I had any nails left!

I’m sure there were hints along the way as to what was really going on but I was willingly led into trying to get those odd pieces to fit.  Karin did the reveal really well and the eventual outcome hadn’t even crossed my mind but made complete sense in the end.

I can’t finish without touching on the Will/Crazy Angie subject.  Trying not to use spoilers, a lot happens there, even with everything else going on and I wanted to cheer when he makes his decision.  I’m sure there will be a lot of fallout in the next book but wow, the end of the book made me cry!

Karin Slaughter is without doubt one of the greatest Crime authors around at the moment and you will really miss out if you don’t read Fallen.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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