Not sure why anyone would choose to read this exceptionally brutal book. FIrst told from one victims perspective, then from another victims. An ugly story indeed.
A thriller with tension throughout the story. However, the long chapter on the various militia groups in the US and their past activities which involved the FBI was Just paged through by me. Likewise the descriptions of relationships among the characters. The author most likely used these paragraphs as fillers. I also didn't like the author's use of the "f" and "s" slang words. The author breaks the story into daily happenings and then provides differing perspectives by different characters in those sections which also prolong the storytelling. A good book to read when no interruptions are expected.
Seemed like a formula story.
Karin Slaughter brings back two of her main characters Sara Linton and Will Trent for another fantastic, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Seriously, cancel your plans for the rest of the day because once you start reading, you won't be able to stop. When a domestic terrorist group abducts Sara, GBI investigator Will Trent will stop at nothing to get her back, racing against the clock to save the woman he loves and stop another deadly attack.
This is my favorite author for a reason, she never disappoints. This is the latest adventure with Will and Sara and personally I think they are perfect together. This author keeps you on the edge of your seat and always delivers the goods. If you have never read her work before I would recommend trying a stand alone novel first (try: Pretty Girls) or start with the Grant County series and then read the Will Trent series but don't jump in later on without reading earlier works first - otherwise you will not be properly invested in the main characters. She is truly one of the best!
Unputdownable!! This book has a timely and authentic feeling. The case Will and Sara are working, about a far-right white supremacist militia, could have been ripped directly from the headlines. Dash is the ultimate portrayal of a thoroughly misogynistic bad guy; outwardly charming, and able to convince others to follow in his wake no matter how dark his intent. The Last Widow flips between characters, telling the story simultaneously from differing perspectives, which was a bit confusing to me at first. However! NOTHING diminished my love of this book and I hope this series NEVER ENDS!
The theme is brutal. Be prepared for ultra realistic and abusive behaviors from the antagonists. Sara and Will are beset by staggering odds but come out the other end as survivors.
I’ll begin by offering a bit of advice. Don’t open this with the idea of just getting a few chapters under your belt. Prepare. Find a quiet spot, break out the emergency reading kit (snacks, beverages, blankie, heart rate monitor, etc.) & get comfortable. Because this author doesn’t so much gently lead you into the story as throw you off a speeding train. In the ebook version we have our first kidnapping at 2%. Then she gives you a bit of a break, holding off til 8% for the second one. At this point you might start digging around for a seatbelt.
Dr. Michelle Spivey was enjoying an outing with her daughter. When a van suddenly pulls up beside them, her first thought is for her little girl. She needn’t have worried. It’s Michelle they want. One month later, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent & his girlfriend Dr. Sara Linton are spending time with her family when they hear 2 explosions. It’s coming from the Emory Campus & as they attempt to get to the scene, they’re waylaid by a road accident. In the blink of an eye Will is badly beaten & Sara is gone (tip: good time for snack/drink/heart rate check #1).
What follows is a gripping story told by 2 main narrators. In Will’s chapters we follow him & various levels of law enforcement as they try to find Sara & figure out what the hell is going on. His boss Amanda is as cagey & acerbic as ever as she directs the search while sparring with the FBI. Colleague Faith is in the thick of it, running down leads & providing some much needed comic relief.
In alternate chapters, we’re with Sara. Here we learn exactly what a secretive group are up to & why she & Michelle were selected. What they endure, witness & hear makes for a disturbing read at times but one that keeps you glued to the pages. Ms. Slaughter has a tendency to punt you out of your comfort zone but for me, the most unsettling parts were those that reflected the sad truths of real current events. The premise is frighteningly plausible & clearly she’s done her homework.
There is some minor repetition of scenes that seemed unnecessary but that’s nitpicking. Initially you’re swept up by the pace & need to know how all these players fit in. Then there’s a dawning sense of dread as it becomes clear what the bad guys’ agenda is.
To the squillion or so Will Trent fans out there, you can rejoice. It’s been a long wait for this instalment & it doesn’t disappoint. Although it can be enjoyed as a stand alone, there is a boat load of history among these characters that adds depth to the present situation & it was a pleasure to catch up with them. The ending leaves the door open for a book #10 & we can only hope it won’t be a long wait. Maybe use the time to deep breathe & replenish your reading kit.
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