I enjoy reading thrillers and when I read the blurb to Karin Slaughter’s novel The Kept Woman, I knew that I could not give this novel a miss. The story begins with the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site and the identification of the dead man as an ex-cop. Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on the case. Evidence links Will and his troubled past to the case, the consequences of which wreak havoc for him in his personal life. His family, friends, and colleagues are all affected. Sara Linton – the newest medical examiner and Will’s lover – realises that the extensive blood loss indicates that there is another victim, a woman, who will die if not found soon.
The hunt is on and, as the case unravels, the reader turns the pages quickly. Often I am able to guess the outcome of the story long before it is revealed. Slaughter, however, manages to keep me in suspense right until the reveal. The story does not unfold as one would expect.- and I love that. Saturday afternoon saw me glued to the sofa as I had to read the last 100 pages non-stop. Would I recommend this novel? Oh, yes. Will your attention be kept right up until the end? Most definitely. Slaughter’s writing is fast-paced and does not miss a beat. This is a thriller not to miss.