The Silent Wife: A Novel (Will Trent) - book cover
Thrillers & Suspense
  • Publisher : William Morrow
  • Published : 04 Aug 2020
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN-10 : 0062858106
  • ISBN-13 : 9780062858108
  • Language : English

The Silent Wife: A Novel (Will Trent)

Instant New York Times Bestseller!

"If you're into mystery thrillers, then you're into Karin Slaughter." -THESKIMM

He watches. He waits. He takes. Who will be next . . .


The New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her and The Last Widow returns with another electrifying thriller.

Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect. The man insists that he was framed by a corrupt law enforcement team led by Jeffrey Tolliver and that the real culprit is still out there-a serial killer who has systematically been preying on women across the state for years. If Will reopens the investigation and implicates the dead police officer with a hero's reputation of wrongdoing, the opportunistic convict is willing to provide the information GBI needs about the riot murder.

Only days ago, another young woman was viciously murdered in a state park in northern Georgia. Is it a fluke, or could there be a serial killer on the loose?

As Will Trent digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the cold case in order to find the answer. Yet nearly a decade has passed-time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear, and lies to become truth. But Will can't crack either mystery without the help of the one person he doesn't want involved: his girlfriend and Jeffrey Tolliver's widow, medical examiner Sara Linton.

When the past and present begin to collide, Will realizes that everything he values is at stake . . .

Editorial Reviews

"As one can only expect from a Karin Slaughter crime thriller, her latest book The Silent Wife comes with just the right amount of twists, turns, shocks, surprises and domestic thrill and shrill that will keep longtime fans of her Will Trent series on their toes-and welcome new readers to the party." (Parade on The Silent Wife)

"Slaughter has said she wants to make violence against women real to people who don't get it. She succeeds in The Silent Wife . . . [readers] will eat up."  (Washington Post on The Silent Wife)

"If you want to be chilled to the bone, pick up Slaughter's latest, The Silent Wife . . .  it's absolutely mesmerizing." (Popsugar on The Silent Wife)

"Karin Slaughter knows how to craft a character. . . . Slaughter's fans know exactly what they're in for when they pick up one of her thrillers, but there's nothing formulaic about them-that spine-tingling chill her stories evoke is largely organic." (The Big Thrill on The Silent Wife)

"One of the most popular series in current crime reading . . . love it for the interesting detective work, but also for the evolution in Sara's life. . . . Irresistible." (The Globe and Mail on The Silent Wife)

"Splendid . . . When it comes to intricate plotting nothing daunts Slaughter and she's in prime form." (The Toronto Star on The Silent Wife)

"Slaughter adds depth to her best-selling series with the investigations of old and current cases, while also advancing the key personal relationship. Another slam dunk." (Booklist (starred review) on The Silent Wife)

"The emotionally sophisticated characters work through the brutality of their jobs in this dynamic psychological thriller and police procedural that will please readers of Slaughter's "Grant County" series. For fans of Meg Gardiner, David Baldacci, and Carrie Smith." (Library Journal on The Silent Wife)

"Slaughter delivers an unflinching, deeply empathetic exploration of the stigma surrounding rape and the enduring trauma suffered by its survivors." (Publishers Weekly on The Silent Wife)

"One of the boldest thriller writers working today." (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author)

"Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers, and if you haven't yet read her, this is the moment." (Micha...

Readers Top Reviews

Looking forward to more in the series. Always riveting, edge of your seat reading. A great series to get me through winter and COVID.
Elizabeth FierLOUISE
Kindle version has an error with duplicate content and a missing scene.
Beverly Turner
There are a few authors that I will pre-order their novels without knowing the premise. For me, Karin Slaughter is one of those authors. She always delivers with intricate plotting, complex characters and twists that surprise me. The Silent Wife has the GBI investigating a case that Sara Linton's husband worked and thought he had the right man in prison. But information provided by the imprisoned man leads GBI to reopen the case for investigation. The only disappointment for me was that Lena, once again, escaped unscathed. I do not like that character. And like Sara, I want to see her pay for her lies. Oh, well. Maybe next time. When I reached the end of the novel, I was afraid this was the last of the Will Trent series. But the author's note indicates there will be more books ahead for Sara and Will. And I will be watching and waiting for it to appear. A great read!
My first exposure to Karin Slaughter was a Will Trent book. The compelling crime story drew me in, but what hooked me was her characterizations. I quickly realized how unusual Trent was - not some faux quirky cop character out of central casting but a truly well-written, deeply complex and unique one - and I was hooked. All of her characters are fleshed out and complicated, even if only briefly a part of the story. Even the bad guys (and gals) and the truly unlikeable characters are never stereotypes; they are fully realized. Slaughter brings characters to life in way that keeps you invested in the stories. Nothing is black and white in Slaughter's world; she paints in shades of gray. I've devoured every single one of Slaughter's books, and this time I took it slow and read this book in two days - see, I can pace myself! Slaughter has outdone herself with this novel; it comes together masterfully. It is an excellent crime story, and I did not anticipate the ending, which is rare. This genre can be formulaic and it's not easy to keep astute readers from picking up on clues - but I honestly did not know whodunnit until it was revealed. Also, Slaughter furthers the stories of characters we've grown to care for deeply: Will, Sara, and even Jeffrey. [There are some incredibly funny lines as Faith's story moves forward as well.] I don't usually care for the technique of moving backward and forward in time - but the technique works especially well here. I can't say enough good things about The Silent Wife. I think I'm too entrenched in the series to be able to say if this book is good as a standalone; I personally would suggest starting at the beginning and taking the whole journey - it's a doozy! And you'll love it. Karin Slaughter is one of the best writers in this genre. As good as Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson, and Jonathan Kellerman, some of my other favorites. Keep them coming, Ms. Slaughter!!!
S. Renzo
Karin Slaughter is tremendously talented. The quality of her writing, her storytelling, is as strong as ever. Interestingly, the first 9 books were the Jeffrey Tolliver books. The next 9 books were the Will Trent books. And this book gives equal time to each. Sara is a complicated woman. I am continually surprised at her flaws (we always assume strength and all good intentions in our heroines, don't we?) The mark of an exceptional writer is not just telling a good story but also to create three dimensional characters for us to care about or hate. This is something the author does well. I read a lot of books in a year, more than there are days, and I am repeatedly brought up short when I read Slaughter's work, because this three-dimensionality of her characters is not what I am used to. For those who are Kindle readers, Yes, there is a problem at the 89% point in the book. The autopsy of the exhumed victim is taking place, and we are suddenly past the denouement and in a discussion with another victim. I reported it to Kindle, they credited me the price of the book, and suggested I purchase it again. I will do so, but I am going to wait a week or so, to give the publisher and Amazon time to make certain the problem is well and truly fixed.

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