Book review: The Last Widow

By Karin Slaughter
Published by HarperCollins

Synopsis: It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end… they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.

A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens.

Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…

How did this book end up in my hands? I read this book ahead of its publication date thanks to a serialisation via The Pigeonhole app.

Was it a page-turner? I kept to the reading schedule set by the app but I must admit that, left to my own devices, I would have probably lagged behind. Inasmuch as I wanted to know what would happen, I struggled at times due to my unfamiliarity with this kind of reality.

Did the book meet my expectations? The book didn’t spark a particular joy in me but, at the same time, it wasn’t a disappointment. I didn’t mind the different points of view, which other readers found slightly repetitive at the beginning. I simply don’t normally read this kind of book so I’ve found myself out of my depths here.

Three words to describe it. Fast-paced. Scary. American.

Do I like the cover? Not one of my favourite covers but it does match the mood of the novel so I’d say it succeeded in its purpose.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, I’ve heard of Karin Slaughter before but I suppose I had a feeling that her books might be a tad outside of my comfort zone.


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