The Silent Wife

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 1 Apr 2022


The gripping No. 1 Sunday Times crime thriller She runs

A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she’s safe.

He watches

But a predator is watching from the shadows. Waiting for the perfect moment to attack.

He waits

They thought they caught him. But another victim has just been found.

The hunt has only just begun. And the killer is ready to strike again…

Reader reviews for The Silent Wife

‘Wow. Wow. Wow. I loved it’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I still keep thinking about the story days after finishing’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘One of the most extraordinary, twisted plots I’ve read in ages’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Her writing style literally grabs you and sucks you in’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read this book. You won’t regret it’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘No words to capture the sheer excellence of this author’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A wonderfully dark and twisted thriller that will leave you breathless’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Read in an overnight sitting as I could not stop’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Terrifyingly dark and unsettling storytelling at its absolute finest’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Praise for the Number One bestselling author:

‘Passion, intensity, and humanity’ Lee Child

‘I’d follow her anywhere’ Gillian Flynn

‘One of the boldest thriller writers working today’ Tess Gerritsen

‘Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled’ Michael Connelly

‘A writer of extraordinary talents’ Kathy Reichs

‘Fiction doesn't get any better than this’ Jeffery Deaver

‘A great writer at the peak of her powers’ Peter James

'Karin Slaughter has – by far – the best name of all of us mystery novelists' James Patterson

‘With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last’ Camilla Lackberg

‘It’s big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody – like a perfectly cooked steak’ Stuart MacBride

The gripping No. 1 Sunday Times crime thriller She runs

A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she’s safe.

He watches

But a predator is watching from the shadows. Waiting for the perfect...

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Some time since I have caught up with Karen Slaughter forgot what I had been missing. This novel featuring Will Trent and the other members of the Grant County team and Sarah his partner is spread over almost a decade. A man jailed for other crimes but suspected of the abduction and murder of young girls but claims innocence of these crimes. A story that keeps the reader guessing right up to the very end.

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I don't know where to begin. This was such an incredible story i'm in shock. The hunt for a serial killer no one knew about; going back to Grant County, seeing Jeffery and Lena again! It was like Christmas! Karin Slaughter always writes incredible, tense, thrilling stories but the emotional impact was perfect. Sara and Will were really put through the ringer in this book (haven't they suffered enough) as they tried to find a brutal and vindictive killer. Faith is always great and Amanda is so perfectly Amanda. I really enjoyed the flashbacks to Grant County and seeing the different sides to Jeffery and Sara. It makes me want to go back and reread those books again. This was amazing.

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Many readers have autobuy authors. Writers who's work they will purchase blind with no synopsis, no ratings, no information beyond the creators name.
Karin Slaughter is an autobuy author for me, and has been since Blindsighted.

I have never been more invested in a set of characters than I am with those of the Grant County series and The Silent Wife was even more of a treat with the return of characters Jeffrey & Lena.

Told with two timelines, Sara and the GBI investigate the possibility of an Atlanta serial killer with ties to a historical Grant County case.

It has to be said that Slaughter's books are not for the faint of heart. The violence against women is brutal and unflinchingly described.
In other cases I myself can struggle to ingest such content but Slaughter tells these moments in past tense, often during autopsy or medical investigations, never in first person and always with the utmost care. Combined these factors make her stories incredibly emotional but not traumatic.

Sara/Will/Jeffrey have me enthralled by a romantic storyline that I would usually cast aside and has even edged a few tears from my cold heart over the course of the Grant County Series. The tension has been building for so long that I almost threw this book at the wall with strangely enjoyable frustration.

I had an inkling as I drew towards the end of the novel as to the truth but was nonetheless amazed by the finale.

You can read this book as a stand alone, any previous history is covered throughout the book, but I will always recommend you start from the beginning to fully appreciate the character development and community Slaughter has built.

Definitely a five star from me, I cannot wait for the next chapter.

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I am a huge fan of anything Karin Slaughter writes, and once again I loved this book.

Everything about this book is amazing, the story is thrilling and gritty, you cannot help but fall in love with Will and Sara and the conclusion at the end made me realise that I had seen it coming all along.

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The Silent Wife is a relevant and fast paced read that leaves you on edge of your seat. It sees the return of two of Karin Slaughters most well loved characters which is sure to please long time fans of her novels. A worthy read for both new and returning readers.

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This is an incredible book.

Sara Linton and Will Trent are back, but this time it’s a dual timeline story (which I’ll confess, I’m fond of) where we also get to see Jeffrey Tolliver and Lena Adams again! Amazing!

Karin Slaughter writes with her usual detailed and brutal honesty and the descriptions of the crimes are often so disturbing that you find yourself needing to take a breath before you can move on. But move on you do as the intricate web of this epic book pulls you in.

I was gripped from start to finish by the clever structure of the story, the incredible writing and the horrific, but scarily realistic storyline.

Read this book. You won’t regret it (except for the nightmares, maybe...) Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.

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Just finished this book and it was so good!
The writer of the best crime fiction books is back!
I have been a fan of Karin Slaughter since the release of Blingsignted in 2011. The Silent Wife is the 20th book in the Sara Linton series and it is absolutely unputdownable! I read this book in less than 24 hours and it did not disappoint!
All of my favourite characters are back, Sara Linton, Will Trent, Lena Adams, Faith Mitchell and...........Jeffery Tolliver!
The characters in Karin’s books have been in my life for 19 years so they feel like friends, as such I am invested in their lives so I was so happy to have them all together in a story again.

The book starts with a death at a prison which puts Will and Faith in contact with a convicted pedophile who accuses Sara’s dead husband Jeffery of convicting him for a crime he didn’t commit.
The case is looked in to and there are inconsistencies. New victims are discovered with same MO which intertwines both the past and the present.

I don’t want to say any more about the plot as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but I loved that Jeffery was brought back in to a story. It gave me, as a 19 year fan, a chance to revisit his relationship with Sara but at the same time realise what Sara and Will has in the present.

It would help to read this series in order but Karin does recap bits to fill in blanks about relationships of the main cast. This reminds readers like me and enables new fans to read just this book if they wanted to read it as a stand alone rather than a series.

Whether you’re a fan of crime fiction or Karin Slaughter I can highly recommend this book.

I was sent an advanced copy of this book by Harper Collins UK in exchange for an honest review

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Karin Slaughter slashers your heart with this griping and emotional page turner. A must read. I've read each and every book in this series. This book is so brilliant that it's a rollercoaster ride of emotions and suspense. I loved Lena. The way her character is portrayed.
A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she has no reason to be afraid, but she’s wrong. A predator is stalking the women of Grant County. He lingers in the shadows, until the time is just right to snatch his victim.
I adored it very much.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK Harper Fiction for giving me an advance copy.

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Wow yet another brilliant book by Karin slaughter. I’ve loved every one of her books and this one doesnt disappoint. Nice to read a bit more about Jeffrey with each chapter being before and in the present . Was not expecting the ending at all , superb story . Lovely ending for Sara and Will too , cannot wait for the next book

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