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review 2017-11-05 22:53
Pretty Girls
Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter,Kathleen Early

 

 

I almost knocked this down to two stars because of some fairly graphic depictions of sadistic torture and the implausibility of certain nefarious goings-on that involved a wide-ranging conspiracy of well-connected people being involved in something very disturbing and complicit in covering that thing up.

 

However--I kept wanting to move forward to find out how the story resolved, and I cared about the main characters.  Proceed with caution, though, especially if the first part of my opening sentence sounds like something you feel you need to avoid.

 

More than 20 years before, a 19-year-old college student named Julia Carroll disappeared.  Her case was never solved, and local law enforcement seemed to be satisfied with the assumption that she left of her own accord, to quietly begin a life in some other part of the world, without notifying her parents, sisters, or friends.

 

Julia's disappearance shattered her family.  Her father Sam became entirely focused on solving the case, while her mother Helen moved between checking out altogether and deciding that moving on was the only way to fulfill the needs of their surviving daughters, Lydia and Claire.  Lydia drifted into drug addiction, while Claire became a people pleaser, focused on being popular but not standing out too much.  Lydia has been estranged from Helen and Claire since she made an accusation about Claire's then-boyfriend (later husband), Paul Scott.

 

As the book opens, Claire has just had removed the ankle monitor she has had to wear following an assault charge and plea bargain.  She and Paul, a ridiculously successful architect, are meeting in a bar to celebrate, but after he is uncharacteristically late, they are attacked in an alley, where he has exhibited unfamiliar behavior, and they experience an attack that leaves Paul dying as Claire watches helplessly.

 

Soon after the incident, Claire begins to discover clues that Paul had another side she'd been unaware of, and which aligns with Lydia's accusations years before.  As she begins to rethink everything she thought she knew, she contacts Lydia, who has a teenage daughter of her own, and has turned her life around since her drug-using days.  Neither is initially sure they can trust the other, but soon their sibling loyalty is reestablished. 

 

What might Julia's disappearance have to do with the recent disappearance of 16-year-old Anna Kilpatrick?  Are there clues to be found in the journals that Sam Carroll left behind?  What secrets about Paul will the sisters uncover?

 

As suggested above, this book had me hooked on finding out what happens.  Although I started with the audiobook, I ended up switching to the Kindle version to progress faster.  I will say there is a twist I didn't see coming, and then I almost smacked myself on the head, because I've read enough thrillers where that kind of twist occurs.  But I won't say anything further about that (working to keep this spoiler-free).

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review 2017-10-23 20:31
The Kept Woman (De fÄngade) by Karin Slaughter (SWE/ENG)
The Kept Woman: A Novel - Karin Slaughter

SWEDISH REVIEW

 

Män och fruar. Mödrar och döttrar.

Hemligheter binder dem samman. Hemligheter som kan bli deras död.

En före detta polis med tvivelaktigt rykte hittas mördad. Blodiga spår på brottsplatsen avslöjar att det finns ytterligare ett offer: en kvinna. Men nu är hon försvunnen. När Will Trent börjar nysta i fallet leder frågorna till hans eget förflutna. Snart inser Will att hans tillvaro är ett korthus som kan fall sönder vilken sekund som helst.

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Jag var lite osäker på om jag skulle läsa De fångade utan att ha läst någon av de tidigare Will Trent böckerna. Jag har läst bokrecensioner som varnat för att det är svårt att förstå boken utan att ha läst de tidigare böckerna och jag ville inte att läsa denna och känna att jag inte förstod hälften av vad som hände. Lyckligtvis tog jag risken  och jag måste säga att boken är fullständigt lysande.
 
De fångade anspelar på tidigare händelser, men jag kände aldrig att jag inte hängde med när jag läste boken. I stället sögs jag in i historien och det är en bok som jag knappt kunde lägga ner. Jag fann berättelsen redan från början mycket spännande. Boken började starkt med fyndet av den döda kroppen och hur allting ledde till Angie, Wills hustru. Boken har sådan fantastiska vändningar och det var svårt att räknade ut vart allting skulle leda till. Vem är den döda mannen, vad har han med Angie att göra? Vad är det som pågår?  Det är en fantastisk bok och jag gillar verkligen Will Trent, denna trasiga karaktärer som Angie inte kan sluta plåga.
 
På tal om Angie. Hon är en intressant kvinna, en av de värsta karaktärer jag någonsin har stött på. Hon är den typ av kvinna som går genom livet och förstör allt som är bra. Och Will, på grund av deras förflutna, tyvärr, den som får ta den värsta stöten av det. Jag är nyfiken på Will och Angie och det ska blir intressant att gå tillbaka och läsa tidigare böcker i serien.
 

Tack till HarperCollins Nordic för recensionexemplaret!

 
ENGLISH REVIEW
 

Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.


The author of the acclaimed standalone Pretty Girls returns with this long-awaited new novel in her bestselling Will Trent series—an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges the Georgia detective into the darkest depths of a case that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found. 

 
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I was a bit unsure whether I should read The Kept Woman without having read any of the previous Will Trent books. I've seen reviewers warn that it's hard to get the book without having read the previous books and I did not want to be reading this one and feel that I didn't understand half of what's going on. Fortunately, did I risk it and I have to say that the book is bloody brilliant.

The Kept Woman may allude to past events, but I never felt that I was lost when I read the book. Instead, was I sucked into the story and it's a book that I hardly could put down. I found the story to be very engrossing, with the finding of the dead body and Angie, Will Trent's wife role in it and all the twist and turns kept my interest up until the end. Who is the dead man, what has he to do with Angie? What is going on? It's just such a marvelous book and I really came to like Will Trent, this broken characters that Angie keep tormenting.

 

Now, speaking of Angie. She is an interesting woman, one of the worst character I have ever encountered. She is the kind of woman that goes through life destroying everything that's good. And, Will is because of their past, unfortunately, the one that has to take the brunt of it. It will be interesting going back and read the previous books to get to know Will more and learn more about his past.

Thanks to HarperCollins Nordic for the review copy!

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review 2017-10-13 00:00
The Good Daughter
The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter This book is about so much. It's a mystery on top of a mystery. It's about family relationships. There are terrible tragedies. It has tons of heartstring pullers. The Good Daughter kept me 100% interested for the entire read. I definitely recommend it.
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text 2017-09-29 01:54
Halloween Bingo - Terrifying Women
The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter

I read The Good Daughter for the Terrifying Women square. I absolutely loved this mystery.

 

 

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review 2017-09-13 07:33
Die gute Tochter
Die gute Tochter: Psychothriller - Karin Slaughter,Fred Kinzel

Erscheinungstag:

Do, 03.08.2017


Seitenanzahl:

560


ISBN:

9783959676700


16,99 € Ebook

19,99 € Gebundene Ausgabe


Zum Buch: https://www.harpercollins.de/buecher/krimis-thriller/die-gute-tochter

 

 

"Lauf!", fleht ihre große Schwester Samantha. Mit vorgehaltener Waffe treiben zwei maskierte Männer Charlotte und sie an den Waldrand. "Lauf weg!" Und Charlie läuft. An diesem Tag. Und danach ihr ganzes Leben. Sie ist getrieben von den Erinnerungen an jene grauenvolle Attacke in ihrer Kindheit. Die blutigen Knochen ihrer erschossenen Mutter. Die Todesangst ihrer Schwester. Das Keuchen ihres Verfolgers. 

 

Als Töchter eines berüchtigten Anwalts waren sie stets die Verstoßenen, die Gehetzten. 28 Jahre später ist Charlie selbst erfolgreiche Anwältin. Als sie Zeugin einer weiteren brutalen Bluttat wird, holt ihre Geschichte sie ganz ungeahnt ein.

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Ich bin ja seit der Sara Linton Reihe ein Fan von Karin Slaughter und habe mich daher sehr gefreut, dass wieder ein neues Buch der Autorin herausgekommen ist. Freundlicherweise wurde mir dieses als Ebook von Netgalley zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt. 

 

Der Einstieg ist mir sehr gut gelungen, es fängt gleich spannend an mit dem Überfall auf Charlie, Samantha und deren Mutter Gemma. Dies ist vor 28 Jahren geschehen. 

 

Dann wechselt die Geschichte in die Gegenwart, in der Charlie, die ja damals flüchten konnte, wieder Zeugin einer brutalen Bluttat wird.

 

Der Anfang war dadurch sehr spannend, zum Ende hin war es auch sehr interessant gemacht, aber in der Mitte hatte das Buch aufgrund seiner 608 Seiten doch einige Längen. Da hätten weniger Seiten meiner Meinung nach dem Buch gut getan. 

 

Zum Ende hin war es sehr interessant gemacht, da es bei der Auflösung doch einige überraschende Wendungen gab. 

 

Ich würde das Buch als Familientragödie mit Thrillerelementen beschreiben, die tiefgründig und mit vielen Emotionen verbunden ist. 

 

Die Vergangenheit wurde gekonnt mit der Gegenwart verknüpft, ich fand beide Zeitfenster sehr interessant. 

 

Alles in allem kann ich  hier eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung für das neue Werk von Karin Slaughter aussprechen. Mir hat dieses Buch sehr gut gefallen. Von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

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