The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

The Silent Wife

Karin Slaughter

Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Blog Tour for The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter. Thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for the tour invite and copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

From the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author comes a gripping new crime thriller featuring Will Trent and Sara Linton

About The Silent Wife

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Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. 

A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognises the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof. The killer is still out there.


As Will digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake.


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My Thoughts

This is Karin Slaughter’s 20th novel in 20 years…such an accomplishment from an author who always hits the ground running, never sugar coats and always leaves the reader gasping for more.

The Silent Wife starts when Will Trent and his team of investigators are sent to a prison to interview witnesses of a murder. Daryl Nesbitt, a convicted criminal, informs Will that he has proof that he was framed and became a victim of police corruption. Nesbitt will co-operate by sharing his knowledge of the prison killing only if his case is re-investigated. He states that he is innocent of the crimes and that the real killer is leaving a path of destruction which has continued whilst he has been behind bars.

One of the officers that Nesbitt is accusing is Jeffrey Tolliver, a police chief who has been dead for several years. Will is now in a relationship with Jeffery’s ex-wife, Dr. Sara Linton.  Sara was the forensic pathologist in the case which is now under speculation, however, she is also a valued and respected member of his current team. I enjoyed the dynamics of the relationship which added another dimension to the storyline. Both characters are highly respected yet flawed and fragile from past experiences and I became invested in their complex relationship. The dual timeline meant that Jeffrey could make an appearance in the plot as we are taken back to the previous case. This added even more tension to the already delicate relationship.

The detailed descriptions are brutal, sinister but sadly accurate. Karin Slaughter does extensive research and the authenticity really comes over in her writing. No matter how graphic the crimes are portrayed you still find yourself frantically turning pages. 

This powerful, fast-paced thriller combines an emotive relationship with gruesome and brutal crimes against women, something that is unique within my reading experience. A hard-hitting, complex, and detailed novel and another hit for Karin Slaughter.


Author Bio


Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 19 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant Sunday Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her.

The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television and Pieces of Her is soon to be an eight-part Netflix adaptation, directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men), and produced by Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland) and Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies).

Karin is the founder of the Save the Libraries project- a non-profit organisation established to support libraries and library programming. 

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


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