The Last Widow (Will Trent, #9)by Published 20 Aug 2019
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New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming
A mysterious kidnapping
On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. Vanished into thin air, the authorities are desperate to save the doctor.
A devastating explosion
One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhood’s has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.
A diabolical enemy
Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.
The Last Widow (Will Trent, #9) Reviews
Michelle Spivey, a scientist working for the CDC, is kidnapped while out shopping with her daughter. Weeks later bombs go off and Will Trent & his girlfriend Dr. Sara Linton attempt to help when they’re waylaid by a car accident. In the wrong place at the right time, Will is badly beaten & Sara is taken by the same people who have Michelle. Suddenly Will and Sara find themselves embroiled in a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. Will is forced to go undercover to save Sara, putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.
This is a relevant, frightening and brutally honest read which includes cults, pedophilia, rape, child murders, prejudice and biological warfare. The story centers around Alt-Right groups and the kind of people that run these groups including militias of ex-army men. I found the story disturbing at times because of how plausible it all is.
This is only the second book I have read in this series, yet I never felt lost. Slaughter gives enough back story to fill in any blanks and the story was so engrossing and fast paced that I was glued from the first to the last page. If you've ever wanted to experience Slaughter - this would be a heck of a book to start with!
446 pages.. has anyone noticed how inaccurate the page count is on Goodreads?
This book is a fantastic read! The views are unlike any other reads I have experienced. Three views are told in parallel and at the same time. I don't have to wonder what the other person is doing or thinking because it will be explained when I read that person's view. It's like a 360 degrees birds view. I love the intensity of the situation when Will and Sara are surrounded by the possibility of many bad guys with guns! Definitely at the edge of my seat reading this book!! I love that all three main characters are likable and have such interesting personalities. I like the references to real life drama such as iPhone, pedophilia, white supremacists, etc. I'm completely tuned into this story and I couldn't put it down.
This book started out with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Michelle, scientist. She is out shopping with her 11 year old daughter and worrying about losing her to pedophiles, kidnappers, and boys when a van pulled up and instead of taking her daughter, they took her. The story then begins with Sara, Pediatrician/Medical Examiner, as she visits her mom Cathy and aunt Bella. They are talking her into settling down with her boyfriend Will. Sara is aware of Michelle's abduction, though it has been a month and she hasn't been found or rescued. The second view is Will Trent, Special Agent/Detective. He's volunteered to help mow the grass for Sara's aunt. The third view is Faith, Will's partner. She's currently in downtown attending an important meeting about the notorious bank robber Novak. They all heard two explosions coming in the direction of Emory University. When Will and Sara raced to the crime scene, they were held up in an auto accident surrounded by armed and dangerous men. Sara then becomes the hostage in her own car while Will ended up injured on the street. The hunt begins now for Sara and Michelle.
The Last Widow is beautifully written and a fast paced read. The author sure has a way with words. I love how well she play with her words to make it sounds funny, cool, and beautifully executed. I couldn't help re-reading many of my favorite lines in this book: "Sara had actually heard the squeaking groan of his testicles retracting into his body. It had taken a hell of a lot of suction to get them back out again." And "At this rate, the only way she was going to get laid was to crawl up a chicken's ass and wait." And being cramped in a helicopter is like being trapped in an overloaded washing machine! This book is my first read from this author and I am forever grateful to William Morrow's Publicist for inviting and introducing this author to me because now I just want to binge read all of her past books! The ending is excellent and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, hostage, close calls, intense, couldn't put down, at edge of my seat, adrenaline rush, smart characters, mimics reality
I rate it 5 stars!
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to William Morrows Paperback for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
Sara Linton and Will Trent are back!
This is book 9 in the popular series and my first. I know, I'm super late to the party, but this worked for me as a stand-alone. I still felt like I got to know and love Sara and Trent.
This was a super-charged, action-packed adventure that had my emotions rocked. I'm pretty sure I was even holding my breath with worry at one point. Sara and Trent are such a wonderful team and I was aware of their feelings for each other. I'm not sure what other obstacles they have faced in the past, but they had many to overcome in this nail-biter.
Some of the themes involve very sensitive triggers and some graphic details which was nightmarish and pretty brutal at times.
Some scenes in the beginning were retold, but in different viewpoints. I had to pause and let it sink in and I'm not sure if this is something new or her style of writing.
Looking for an intense read that will have you wondering what else could possibly go wrong? And it will! This one will surely keep you turning the pages.
Recommend to Slaughter fans and those who enjoy a gripping, high octane charged story.
Thanks so much to William Morrow for my review copy.
I’ll begin by offering a bit of advice. Don’t open this with the idea of just getting a few chapters under your belt. Prepare. Find a quiet spot, break out the emergency reading kit (snacks, beverages, blankie, heart rate monitor, etc.) & get comfortable. Because this author doesn’t so much gently lead you into the story as throw you off a speeding train. In the ebook version we have our first kidnapping at 2%. Then she gives you a bit of a break, holding off til 8% for the second one. At this point you might start digging around for a seatbelt.
Dr. Michelle Spivey was enjoying an outing with her daughter. When a van suddenly pulls up beside them, her first thought is for her little girl. She needn’t have worried. It’s Michelle they want. One month later, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent & his girlfriend Dr. Sara Linton are spending time with her family when they hear 2 explosions. It’s coming from the Emory Campus & as they attempt to get to the scene, they’re waylaid by a road accident. In the blink of an eye Will is badly beaten & Sara is gone (tip: good time for snack/drink/heart rate check #1).
What follows is a gripping story told by 2 main narrators. In Will’s chapters we follow him & various levels of law enforcement as they try to find Sara & figure out what the hell is going on. His boss Amanda is as cagey & acerbic as ever as she directs the search while sparring with the FBI. Colleague Faith is in the thick of it, running down leads & providing some much needed comic relief.
In alternate chapters, we’re with Sara. Here we learn exactly what a secretive group are up to & why she & Michelle were selected. What they endure, witness & hear makes for a disturbing read at times but one that keeps you glued to the pages. Ms. Slaughter has a tendency to punt you out of your comfort zone but for me, the most unsettling parts were those that reflected the sad truths of real current events. The premise is frighteningly plausible & clearly she’s done her homework.
There is some minor repetition of scenes that seemed unnecessary but that’s nitpicking. Initially you’re swept up by the pace & need to know how all these players fit in. Then there’s a dawning sense of dread as it becomes clear what the bad guys’ agenda is.
To the squillion or so Will Trent fans out there, you can rejoice. It’s been a long wait for this instalment & it doesn’t disappoint. Although it can be enjoyed as a stand alone, there is a boat load of history among these characters that adds depth to the present situation & it was a pleasure to catch up with them. The ending leaves the door open for a book #10 & we can only hope it won’t be a long wait. Maybe use the time to deep breathe & replenish your reading kit.
Before you start this the latest book in the Will Trent series, make sure you have enough time to finish it. You will not want to put it down. Karin Slaughter is a master (or should that be mistress), when it comes to storytelling. She somehow moves the story on at such a pace, but at the same time builds up the tension. I don’t think there were any extraneous words in this. Every one of them was needed.
Her books can sometimes be criticised for including too much violence and not particularly, politically correct. Personally I feel that is quite refreshing in the current climate when a small minority complain about any deviation from what is considered the social norm. This story certainly deviates from the social norm. It is based around a white supremacist group that will stop at nothing to eradicate non-whites, including, child murders, paedophilia, rape and biological warfare, but as distressing as these topics are, they didn’t feel out of place in this compulsive and engaging story.
Sara and Will feel like friends this far into the series, yet their characters continue to develop and evolve, along with the usual other characters from the series. A very emotive ending. Cannot wait for the next in the series.
Overall this is a fantastic book that has obviously been extremely well researched, developed and adapted to fit scenarios that worryingly do not feel impossible, with all that is going on in the real world. A strong contender for my book of the year, at least.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review