Aug 3, 2012
Author: Karin Slaughter
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 3, 2012)
In the past I have found Karin's characters in the books featuring Will Trent to be dour, morose and sour characters who I tried to like, but never really could.
Criminal changed this.
To me the characters became fully fleshed out in this particular story. Perhaps it was the flashbacks into the past that showed how Amanda developed the personality she has now, or maybe it was the discovery of the horrible secret Will's been hiding forever.
Regardless, it was refreshing to see "real" sides to both of them and it did make me want to dig into the book more than I had with others.
Wrapped around Will and Amanda is the usual nasty serial killer story. Very young prostitutes, all blond with blue eyes, all hooked heavily on drugs, are snatched off the streets at random. I don't want to give too much away here, so I will simply say, they aren't just dragged into a back alley and murdered. A very odd twist occurs.
The girls are abducted in the 70s, then nothing for a long time, until present day when a similar pattern starts again.
Is there a connection to the past killings? What is Amanda hiding? Why is Will so angry? Who is the killer?
Well, you'll have to read the book for the answers, but I think you'll enjoy!
Once again Karin pays attention to detail, keeps the story line in Atlanta and throws in just enough sarcastic bitingly offhand remarks to make you snicker now and again.
Reviewed by Idgie. If you would like to have the Dew review a book, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org