Book Review: The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter


ashley  | I’ve recently become Karin Slaughter’s biggest fan. I read Pretty Girls sometime last year and she totally won me over, so when I saw she had a new book, The Kept Woman, I immediately requested it without looking into it. That was a mistake; I didn’t realize this was the 8th book in an already existing series about Special Agent Will Trent, a name and character who is totally unknown to me. When I finally did read the plot, it sounded like this could sort of stand on its own, so I decided to just give it a go and see where it took me.

I’m reviewing this solely as a one-off book and even without the previous context of seven other books I really, really enjoyed this. Granted, I didn’t have any character growth in Will Trent, I hadn’t grown to love him or know him and as a result, he actually fell kind of flat for me, he didn’t shine for me here at all. But the supporting women in his life – his girlfriend Sara, his ex wife Angie, his partner Faith and their boss Amanda – they stole the show. These were some fierce, and sometimes crazy, women and they rounded out all the rough edges this book had.

Not to mention the plot. This was a very solid suspenseful police case that had all these players crossing paths and weaved into a strange web of past and present. I couldn’t put it down.  I have nothing to compare this to, but I want to say that this 8th book started off SUPER strong for my Will Trent introduction.  Even though I was meeting everyone for the first time, this didn’t once feel overwhelming or overly complicated just to keep things difficult. It was a multi-layered story, but Slaughter has such a talent for this kind of thing, it was pretty much flawless.

Of course, there were things that were likely lost on me. There’s obviously a much deeper bond between Will and his boss Amanda that was referenced, but not knowing anything from the previous books, I missed all of this. I’m sure there were a few other things as well that I totally missed, but overall, this was a great book and I’m glad I jumped in, even it if was the middle of a series, because now I can’t wait to keep reading.


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july 14, 2016

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