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 😉