REVIEW – The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

“There’s always a moment right before bad things get worse. Split second. Blink of an eye.”

Karin Slaughter is the QUEEN. Full stop. Her writing is incredible; it’s real and it’s well-researched.

“Some people got calm when they were in control. Will had been out of control enough times in his life to find calm in chaos.”

I had only read her standalone books before picking up The Last Widow. It’s the ninth book in the Will Trent series, but the first i’ve read. I immediately fell in love with these characters – ALL of them. Will, Sara, Faith, Amanda. Needless to say, I am so excited that I have eight other Will Trent books to read!

This. Book. I am a relatively calm reader. As someone who reads a lot of thrillers, a lot of Stephen King, a lot of murder-y books, I tend to not be too shocked by much. This book had me reacting to it AUDIBLY. And I loved it. Between the “holy shit!” and the “that’s right you dumb…” (well, you know), the story kept me on my toes. The beginning where Sara gets kidnapped (it’s in the synopsis, so no spoilers here) was HORRIFYING. I felt like I was there. The atmosphere in Georgia in the summer, the smells, the sounds, the FEELINGS. Slaughter’s writing is vivid, and I don’t say that superficially. I felt transported inside the story and, at times, almost wanting to Google some of the people and events because it felt that REAL.

I don’t want to say too much because some of the things in this book will hit you hard if you don’t see them coming, and it’s so worth the experience.

I’ll say it one more time. Karin Slaughter is the QUEEN. Believe it. Read her books.

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