Series: Will Trent #7
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Goodreads Synopsis ~
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 attack 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.
This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have been following this series since WAY back when it was the Grant County series. It has evolved quite a bit in that time splitting off into some Will Trent books, then others with Sarah’s POV where we are normally taken into the Grant County world. In book 7 of the Will Trent series, both worlds collide where we find Will in Grant County working a case that involves Sarah’s family and her nemesis, Lena.
I have never had the obvious hate towards Lena that Sarah had. Lena made mistakes, but I always found that she had the best intentions. I didn’t really blame her for Jeffrey’s death the way Sarah did. I had developed a bit of empathy for all Sarah had dealt with over the years, but I think most of that went flying out the window in this book. Sarah’s scapegoat for her losses, and possibly for her stepson’s near murder is Lena and she turns into this mean, malicious bitch that I really didn’t like. Maybe my blinders were removed, but I just couldn’t get over her hatred that just seemed to ooze out of her for the whole book. The anger that grew when she discovers that Will is actually working the case and didn’t tell her. When she finds out there is a scene that was really heated, and uncomfortable to me considering Sarah’s past experiences. I was really surprised.
Unseen does a lot of flashing back and forth from past to present circumstances, which worked to bring you up to speed since the book began with a bang right from the start. It helped to have a little of the back story that went with it. My biggest grievance for Unseen was Sarah. I was just so blown away by her and losing so much of my respect and empathy for her. I love Will. Although sometimes his insecurities are a little much, in this book, he seemed to come out of it a bit and be a little more forceful about what he wants.
I think Unseen could be read as a standalone, but there is definitely a lot of backstory that you will be missing. I recommend reading the whole series, I just liked it so much!
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