Review – The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

img_1931I downloaded this book as a very generous freebie via Audible and was eager to give it a try. I didn’t know until I got started that this was book 8 in the Will Trent series and no doubt there is a lot of background history I have missed but it worked well enough as a standalone thriller.

The story is highly charged from the first sentence, a man’s body found in masses of blood, bloody footprints leading away from the scene. Will Trent is called in to investigate; the victim turns out to be an ex cop and a crooked one at that. It soon becomes clear to the investigators that the blood at the scene did not come solely from the victim.

The author sets up a complex web of mystery; the crime was committed in premises belonging to an obnoxious and wealthy character who has already got away with rape and who Will has been Investigating for some time. Also, we discover, that Will’s estranged wife, Angie is somehow involved. As I said, a complicated scenario, but not confusing, even though abusive childhoods, secret children and Will’s new relationship-in-danger, add to the mix. And all ends of the story are tied up nicely to give a satisfying conclusion.

What didn’t work so well for me was the style of this well written work. It seemed to me that the world Will Trent inhabits is full of sassy people who always have just the right line waiting on the tip of their tongues. Some of it is very witty and certainly the dialogue is slick. But maybe a little too much so, at least for this reader, though, judging by the many five star reviews, I am probably in the minority.



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