The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
eBook review copy; 480 pages
Will Trent Series #10
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter is a very highly recommended mystery/police procedural.
Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is back. After failing
to get a conviction in the case of basketball superstar
Marcus Rippy, who was acquitted of rape charges, Will is now
investigating the murder of Dale Harding at a construction site with
his partner Faith Mitchell. His lover and GBI medical examiner Dr. Sara
Linton is also on the case, as is Amanda Wagner, the GBI deputy
director. Harding was a despicable man, but he used to be a detective
with the Atlanta PD. There is a whole lot more blood on the scene than
could have possibly been Harding's. It is also not his blood type and
evidence points to it coming from a woman, so potentially there is a
witness or more than one murder happened.
When a Glock found at the scene is discovered to be registered to Angie
Polaski, the search is on for Angie - or for her body. She and Will are
still married... but it's complicated and they rarely see each other
unless Angie wants something. In any event, suddenly Will's past is
thrust into the case, and Angie's past is closely tied to Will's. To
further complicate matters, the building is the future home of the All
Star, a nightclub owned by basketball star
Marcus Rippy. Construction was suspended for Rippy's rape trial, but now
it is due to start again in a couple weeks.
Slaughter does an excellent job presenting the complicated investigation
as the clues are discovered and leads are checked out. Part way through
The Kept Woman, the action shifts to a week earlier which
provides an insight into information the investigators aren't privy to
yet. This really ratchets up the tension and makes the pace feel even
more frantic. Will's personal demons seemed to be coming to the surface
as he is conflicted over Angie's presence in his life, however marginal,
versus his love for Sara.
Incredible writing, realistic, complicated characters, incredible tension, and a fast pace make reading The Kept Woman addictive.
There are plenty of twists to surprise you, and questions for which you
will be desperate to find answers. While it is a police procedural, it
also is a psychological thriller that explores choices and consequences
as well as the lasting effect of psychological damage experienced as a
Although The Kept Woman it is part of a series, you can read this on its own and follow the plot just fine.
My advanced reading copy was courtesy
of the publisher for review