Synopsis provided by the Publisher, HarperCollins:
THE LAST WIDOW 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 about to have 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 require that they run toward a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiraled 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 happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind.
About: The Last Widow is a mystery thriller written by Karin Slaughter. It was recently published on 8/20/2019 by William Morrows Paperback, an imprint of HarperCollins, hardcover, 464 pages. The genres are mystery, crime, thriller, and fiction. My next read from this author will be The Good Daughter. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Last Widow on 8/20/2019 and finished it on 8/27/2019. This book is a fantastic read! The views are unlike any other reads I have experienced. Three views are told in parallel and at the same time. I don’t have to wonder what the other person is doing or thinking because it will be explained when I read that person’s view. It’s like a 360 degrees birds view. I love the intensity of the situation when Will and Sara are surrounded by the possibility of many bad guys with guns! Definitely at the edge of my seat reading this book!! I love that all three main characters are likable and have such interesting personalities. I like the references to real life drama such as iPhone, pedophilia, white supremacists, etc. I’m completely tuned into this story and I couldn’t put it down.
This book started out with a prologue and ended with an epilogue, told in the third person point of view following Michelle, scientist. She is out shopping with her 11 year old daughter and worrying about losing her to pedophiles, kidnappers, and boys when a van pulled up and instead of taking her daughter, they took her. The story then begins with Sara, Pediatrician/Medical Examiner, as she visits her mom Cathy and aunt Bella. They are talking her into settling down with her boyfriend Will. Sara is aware of Michelle’s abduction, though it has been a month and she hasn’t been found or rescued. The second view is Will Trent, Special Agent/Detective. He’s volunteered to help mow the grass for Sara’s aunt. The third view is Faith, Will’s partner. She’s currently in downtown attending an important meeting about the notorious bank robber Novak. They all heard two explosions coming in the direction of Emory University. When Will and Sara raced to the crime scene, they were held up in an auto accident surrounded by armed and dangerous men. Sara then becomes the hostage in her own car while Will ended up injured on the street. The hunt begins now for Sara and Michelle. This book is divided into 3 parts.
The Last Widow is beautifully written and a fast paced read. The author sure has a way with words. I love how well she play with her words to make it sound funny, cool, and beautifully executed. I couldn’t help re-reading many of my favorite lines in this book: “Sara had actually heard the squeaking groan of his testicles retracting into his body. It had taken a hell of a lot of suction to get them back out again.” And “At this rate, the only way she was going to get laid was to crawl up a chicken’s ass and wait.” And being cramped in a helicopter is like being trapped in an overloaded washing machine! This book is my first read from this author and I am forever grateful to William Morrow’s Publicist for inviting and introducing this author to me because now I just want to binge read all of her past books! The ending is excellent and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, hostage, close calls, intense, couldn’t put down, at edge of my seat, adrenaline rush, smart characters, mimics reality
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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