Posts Tagged ‘Will Trent’

Good Sunday morning! The clocks jumped an hour, and I for one, am very happy. Spring is coming soon, no getting around that. Woot woot!

This week’s read was Unseen by Karin Slaughter, #8 in the Will Trent series. In this story, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Trent is under-cover in Macon, Georgia, and is unwittingly at the scene of a home invasion where two fellow officers reside. One of the officers who’s brutally attacked happens to be the step-son of the woman Will loves, Dr. Sara Linton. The other officer at the residence is Lena Adams, the person Sara blames for her late husband’s death. The ties to Sara are unavoidable, yet Will can’t share his knowledge with her. As he burrows deeper into the ring of thugs, drugs, and cop killers, the assignment takes a great toll on him and changes the landscape of his relationship and of Macon’s law enforcement forever.

This was a super-intense read, with a lot of heavy language and situations, but I really enjoyed it. There were quite a few characters to keep track of, but it was all manageable and tied together at the end. So give it a go and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds everyone doing great and enjoying the best sports month of the year. I love October. (I just wish the Red Sox were still playing…)

Before diving into the book recommendation, I’d like to wish my friend Staci Shuber a very happy birthday today.

This week’s read is Criminal by Karin Slaughter and is part of the Will Trent series. (It’s not necessary to read the prior books before this one, but they’re all good as well). Despite a childhood filled with foster care and a learning disability, Will has overcome a lot of obstacles to become a well-respected agent in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. So he finds it a little odd when his boss, Amanda Wagner, purposely keeps him off a case of a missing teenage girl. When he delves into the reasons why, Will uncovers more than he could have imagined, and a horrific case that launched Amanda’s career back in the 1970s is somehow brought back to life, with all of its ugly secrets.

This book does a lot of flashing back and flashing forward from chapter to chapter, and it’s interesting to read about the early days when Amanda was trying to break into the boys’ club that was the Atlanta Police Department. The story starts a little slow, but the momentum builds throughout as Slaughter ties all the loose ends together. This isn’t a fast-paced page turner, but it’s a good slow burn to an ending that’s OMG-worthy. If you give it a go, please let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy Sunday! Today is my wedding anniversary, but I know that many of you will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, so enjoy those margaritas (and be careful) wherever your festivites take you.

This week’s read was Triptych, by Karin Slaughter, an author I recently discovered while perusing the online auction for Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Research. (Which, by the way, is a great website! There are all kinds of goodies for you to bid on, with the proceeds going to a great cause. The auction ends May 31st, so check it out soon. https://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/)

I digress. I was very psyched to discover this author and her series, and I will be starting book 2 shortly. The premise in this mystery is that a fifteen-year-old boy, who’s become mixed up in drugs and alcohol, is accused and convicted of raping and murdering a school mate of his. The book bounces back and forth between that fifteen-year-old kid in 1985 and the thirty-five year old man who gets out of prison two decades later. The man is trying to get his pathetic life in order, by working at a car wash and living in a one-bedroom craphole, and he can barely make ends meet. While wondering each day how he’s going to have money to survive, he inordinately stumbles upon the fact that he has a good credit rating, a number of credit cards, and a house in Tennessee. (?) Which leads him to wonder–why would someone be pretending to be him, an ex con and a convicted murderer? And if they know so much about him, then do they know anything more about the murderous night in 1985? Because it’s a night he can’t remember at all…

A little word of caution–this book has a few crass parts. I didn’t think it was over-the-top, but I just want to prepare you for a few sections such as when the author describes the jailhouse “behavior and actions” towards a nubile fifteen-year-old boy or when she describes some parts of the female anatomy in other sections. The murder scenes…well, they’re murder scenes, so they aren’t flowery and sunshine. Just know that you’ll need some tough skin in a few chapters, but please don’t let that deter you from reading this. It’s really good, and the back-and-forth between the decades is a great way to show you how the key characters think and feel. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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