The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife
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, Book # 10
William Morrow
August 4th 2020
January 10, 2022 January 13, 2022
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Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect. The man insists that he was framed by a corrupt law enforcement team led by Jeffrey Tolliver and that the real culprit is still out there—a serial killer who has systematically been preying on women across the state for years. If Will reopens the investigation and implicates the dead police officer with a hero’s reputation of wrongdoing, the opportunistic convict is willing to provide the information GBI needs about the riot murder.

Only days ago, another young woman was viciously murdered in a state park in northern Georgia. Is it a fluke, or could there be a serial killer on the loose?

As Will Trent digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the cold case in order to find the answer. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear, and lies to become truth. But Will can’t crack either mystery without the help of the one person he doesn’t want involved: his girlfriend and Jeffrey Tolliver’s widow, medical examiner Sara Linton.

When the past and present begin to collide, Will realizes that everything he values is at stake

About the book

Tenth book in the series by Karin Slaughter dedicated to Will Trent, an FBI special agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Will is visiting a prison when a dead body is found after a riot and a suspect needs to be interrogated. He is in prison for killing women, 8 years earlier. The problem? He pleads innocent and says the real killer is still killing and those murders are catalogued as accidents. In fact, Will’s girlfriend and coroner, Sara, connects a woman’s apparent accident with the case she was working on 8 years earlier with her now-dead ex-husband Jeffery Tolliver.

Among the various questions, Jeffery is questioned as a policeman, along with his subordinate Lena, an old acquaintance of the GBI and Sara’s nemesis. In fact, it all goes back to the death of her husband, which according to her occurred because of Lena.

What I think

The book is very raw and cruel, not everyone can read it like all Slaughter books. The crimes are heinous, all the brutality of these crimes is well explained and even if I understood who was the culprit before Sara and Will, the whole journey was beautiful. Now to say that this has been a journey and that it has been beautiful, are not appropriate terms given the crimes committed, but you understand me right?

The characters didn’t change, Will and Sara are getting closer and closer sentimentally, Will and Faith are a couple of agents very in tune and I really like the fact that Faith knows about Will’s problems and that Will knows Faith’s family. Amanda is always the unknown of the group and I see her a bit like Hetty from NCIS: LA (who knows where they got in the series, I haven’t seen it in a long time) I see her with a casket of hair that goes around the GBI to dictate the law with a look.

I like the fact that it all starts with a corruption report in the prison where the body was found and that the prison case is not solved (because of course it is unimportant) who killed that prisoner anyway? I have my suspicions, but I don’t know if they’re true.

I am happy that it is revealed that even the best policemen have a grey area to operate and human rights activists can go to hell, because for some people who do not consider their neighbour as a human being, they do not have the right to be considered as such. But I know, it’s always the same saying that it’s a dog chasing its own tail…

Anyway I started this book on the 10 of January, my library loan ended on the 13 …. I spent all 12 and 13 reading … not even the vaccine knocked me out so much that I didn’t read. But I also did it because I just couldn’t put the book down.

I recommend the series even if certain books like this one, are quite raw. The characters are well defined, even Will is an agent with a disability such as dyslexia which is rarely talked about even if in recent years apparently most of the children are diagnosed as dyslexic, so I think before not much was known about this condition (very likely) or something is really serious here.

Now, I feel like I have come on par with the series but I will definitely read more as soon as the new book comes out.

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