Sunday, July 14, 2013

Unseen (Will Trent #7) by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels are utterly riveting and masterfully drawn. Her latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is actually a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton—the woman he loves, who cannot be told of the risk Will is taking.

Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting: Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down in his own home. Sara holds Lena, Jared’s wife, responsible: Lena, a detective, has been a magnet for trouble all her life, and Jared’s death is not the first time someone Sara loved got caught in the crossfire. Furious, Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it, and soon danger is swirling around both of them.

In a novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists, two investigations collide with a conspiracy straddling both sides of the law. Karin Slaughter’s latest is both an electrifying thriller and a piercing study of human nature: what happens when good people face the unseen evils in their lives

4/5 stars

 This book brought out so many emotions in me while I was reading it. There was disgust, not for the book or the writing, but because of some of the actions of a few characters. Sadness was the emotion I felt the most of as the book opened to a very sad exchange between husband and wife followed by more sadness with the hospital. Will and Sara were also dealing with feelings that were depressing, but very much needed. Happy wasn't something I felt a lot of while reading this, but there were a few times when it came up. Relief was felt as I finished because I could then go back and buy the first six books of the series. As per my usual habit, I picked up this without having read any of the Will Trent or Sara Tipton series beforehand and while it would've made the book a 5 star rating if i had due to the fact all the characters had been central figures in past books, I had no problem following along. I highly recommend this book, but be aware that it's very dark at times and there are parts describing non- consentual sex.

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