Review: The Kept Woman by Karen Slaughter

The Kept Woman by Karen Slaughter
 (Will Trent #8)
Hardcover, 461 pages
Published September 20th 2016
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

My thoughts:  **spoilers**

The book begins with a body being found on construction site (future nightclub), Will Trent is called to investigate.  His girlfriend, Dr.Sara Linton also arrives on scene as she is the medical examiner.  The body is identified as Dale Harding, a retired corrupt cop. He was found lying in a pool of blood with a doorknob sticking out of his throat.  While examining the body, Sara determines that the pool of blood does not belong to the victim. 

As Will investigates the case, he discovers the site is owned by Marcus Rippy, a professional basketball player, who he previously investigated for rape.  Will also discovers that his wife’s blood, Angie Polaski (an ex-cop) was at the scene along with bloody footprints and Angie is nowhere to be found.  As the investigation deepens Angie’s secrets are uncovered, a daughter she gave up for adoption.  Her daughter is married to a professional basketball player who just happens to be Marcus Rippy’s alibi for the night of the rape. 

Angie and Will met in their youth while they both lived in foster homes, they both suffered extremely abusive childhoods.  Will was my favorite character, he didn’t know how to have a healthy relationship until he met Sara.  Angie is a crazy, psychotic person who was extremely nasty towards Will regarding everything, especially his dyslexia.  It’s horrible to say, but I was hoping she would get killed at some point. 

When I originally picked up the Kept Woman I had no idea it was a series, it’s the 8th book in the Will Trent Series and I could follow along with the characters fine without having read the previous books.  This is my first read by Karin Slaughter and it certainly will not be the last.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi


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