The Kept Woman

The Kept Woman
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, Book # 8
William Morrow
June 14th 2016
Hardcover
560
English
January 30, 2021 February 3, 2021
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A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.

But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out...

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About the Book

:!: First of all, please pay attention for triggers because this book contains scene that may offend the sensibility of someone. The descriptions are often brutal, the language isn’t always nice and talks a lot about violence against women.

Eighth book in Will Trent’s series. Will is a peculiar character, suffering from dyslexia, with a rather painful past and at this moment in his life, he sees someone from his past returning to mess up his existence again.

A ex-policeman is found dead in an under construction nightclub, owned by a well-known basketball player who had been involved in a case that Wll was working on some time before. Furthermore, the crime scene highlights the presence of another person who, if not found immediately, risks bleeding to death. It’s a race against time and Will Trent is willing to do anything to solve the case.

What I think

I loved the book and the case so much that I stayed up until 2 am to finish it in the end. I didn’t remember how much I liked reading this genre, maybe because the last books I read weren’t really good (I mean the last “thrillers” I read, they were those of Agatha Christie and Doyle and they aren’t exactly adrenaline packed and quite boring…). Anyway, I liked the book a lot, but I gave 4 stars and not 5 because it contains many errors. And I don’t know if this is due to the translation or not (I’ll talk about it later).

Style

There are many bad words, in this case the narration is long and perhaps too full of details. The book is divided into parts, in a first part we find the point of view of the investigators and in the second part one of the victim’s and then it returns to the investigators. If I remember correctly, the author has already used this style in the first book where there were different points of view and I didn’t like it there. Here, on the other hand, I really liked the fact of having two points of view and of going back in time in the second part. The only flaw is that in some parts it goes on forever, especially in the second part.

:!: I have to say who this person from Will’s past is, which isn’t hard to guess but I can’t write a review without naming it.

Characters

I love Will. I love the fact that he is dyslexic and that this doesn’t stop him despite having a very peculiar job where he struggles quite a lot with this condition. I also like the fact that his colleague knows about it and also the deputy director of GBI knows. Of course I like the fact that his girlfriend knows everything about his past and that she didn’t run away once she knew. I am very sorry that he is still so dominated by Angie in this book, but I understand why.

I like how both Amanda and Faith want to protect Will and I like Amanda’s speech at the end telling him that he has a family and that he created it himself (ie the GBI family).

Now the sore point… At first I couldn’t stand Angie. Or rather at the beginning of the series I was indifferent to her character, then when she left Will for the umpteenth time after he married her, I couldn’t stand her anymore. Despite her story is interminable and long here, I couldn’t get away from the pages, especially towards the end. Furthermore, it is very well described here what violence against children can do on an adult mind. Sometimes life can still be good as Will’s case, but Angie wasn’t so lucky and you can tell from the story how, what happened as a child, has impacted on her life as an adult. Sometimes I wanted to slap her, but deep down I understand that she is not capable of loving and that she is too damaged. The author is very good at describing her behaviour and although I don’t like how she treats Will, in the end, I can understand her.

The main characters, however, have an immense development in this book, especially Will has a significant growth, perhaps one that we all have been waiting for.

Edition

My edition, in Italian, has time errors. The second part begins on Monday when there is a meeting, but then they talk about “that meeting” which took place two days earlier in a chapter entitled “Tuesday”. I wish I could see the original version to see if it is an error by the author or the translation. And the translation sucks! There are some phrases that don’t sound right to me which I’m not translating because it’s useless here.

Conclusion

If you haven’t picked up the series yet, please do it, I have to admit that the beginning (ie the first book) didn’t inspire me that much but the rest of the series is truly breathtaking. But first read the other series by author: Grant County, as I will say in two weeks, it is better to read that series first because it is then picked up in this one. I hope someday there will be a tv show inspired by this series. And be as faithful as possible.

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2 coffees on “The Kept Woman

  1. I keep thinking I should pick up something by Karin Slaughter, but they might be a little more graphic than I enjoy. Great review though.

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