Friday, May 20, 2022

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter


Will Trent and his partner Faith are called out at night to a horrific scene.  A former policeman has been found dead in a abandoned nightclub and there are women's bodies as well.  Worse for Will, it appears that one of the women is his sometime wife, Angie.

Thus starts another case that is tied to Angie and Will's background.  Along with the abuses they suffered as children, there is a woman married to a basketball player who has connections to Angie and possibly Will.  Angie is back to her old tricks, teasing Will with her presence and then disappearing, refusing to concede him to Sarah, who Will is in love with.  Will wants to be with Sarah but childhood bonds keep him tied to Angie as well.  Before the case is done, there will be revelations of domestic abuse, corrupt policemen, rape and drugs.  

This is the ninth Will Trent novel.  Although I've loved him as a character I'm ready for him to either be with Sarah and drop Angie completely or the reverse.  There was not much about Faith and Amanda, their boss, in this novel, but prior novels have given their backstories.  This book is recommended for mystery readers.

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