The Silent Wife – Book Review

Title:- The Silent Wife

Author:- Karin Slaughter

Date published:- August 4th 2020

No. of pages:- 496 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4.5/5

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.

Honestly, I have no idea how many Will Trent series I have read but I can say I didn’t read in any particular order and this may be my third or fourth book I read of Will Trent series and fifth book by Karin Slaughter.

A riot at a prison causes Will Trent and Faith to investigate the matter. But while investigating, an inmate confesses to Will and Faith that he had been framed for the murders of the girls by corrupted officials and that the real serial killer is still out there. Disturbed Will and Faith wanted to know if what the inmates claim was true. The case was once handled by Jeffrey Tolliver who was Sara Will’s girlfriend’s ex-husband.

The story was gripping, fast paced and quiet a page turner I really like the thrillers with a serial killer vibe in it and I saw many favorable reviews and I wasn’t surprised. I couldn’t literally put this book down! It was really good. The book goes back and forth between past and present–past when Jeffrey Tolliver was investigating the crimes before his death and present. As usual, I expected some disturbing scenes revealed in the book, which actually is no surprise in Karin Slaughter’s books. I would say this is one of the best books so far written by Karin Slaughter and I simply couldn’t put down the book (even though it was at times disturbing to read). I do enjoy reading Will Trent series and I do like the relationship issues that both Will and Sara are facing so we can take our mind away from the crime. Overall worth a whopping five stars!

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