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The Kept Woman

(Will Trent #8)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  46,541 ratings  ·  3,241 reviews
Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned constructi
Hardcover, 461 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by William Morrow (first published June 14th 2016)
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Amanda I have not read any of the will Trent series, and I loved this book. I don't think you need to read the previous novels to understand this one.
It is …more
I have not read any of the will Trent series, and I loved this book. I don't think you need to read the previous novels to understand this one.
It is not as gruesome as pretty girls. (less)
Amanda I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher. The publishers purposely give out advanced copies so you can read the book and rate it before i…moreI received an advanced reader copy from the publisher. The publishers purposely give out advanced copies so you can read the book and rate it before it is released. They are hoping that ratings are good and raise hype around the book and the book release.
This book was absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys suspense novels. (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Alright, I know not everyone out there is a Karin Slaughter fan, but those people are wrong and clearly not to be trusted. All kidding aside, most everyone familiar with Ms. Slaughter's work knows that she can be counted on for violence, gore, and disturbing content. The Kept Woman provides all of the above, yet delivers a side dish of softer material as well. As I have had many people contact me saying "This is my first Slaughter book and I wasn't really feeling it", I think it's important to n ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it

The Kept Woman is a dark, gripping, suspenseful, mind-bending psychological thriller about a tangled web built from secrets, lies, murder, and vengeance.

This was my first Will Trent book. I normally wouldn’t start a series out of order, but I had just finished reading an awful thriller, and I was reluctant to read another one. I knew Karin Slaughter wouldn't let me down, so I jumped into this series, and I am glad that I did!

I was familiar with Sara, but Will and the other cast of cha
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Last year's Karin Slaughter stand alone Pretty Girls book left me kinda disappointed. (A whole ton of people loved it so back off)...But this book.
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Karin Slaughter has long been one of my favorite authors and this series along with the Grant County ones are a reason why. I've always said that her characters seem so real to me. Maybe because I've spent so much time with them. But crap, I still mourn Jeffery.

You don't even have to love Slaughter's characters. Case in point, this book. Angie Po
Mary Beth
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 350-series
FIVE SHINEY STARS (Wish I could give it 10).

It was just AMAZING and best one in this series.
It was fantastic!

I just love this series! It is my favorite series. I the characters especially Will Trent. This book is the best one and will probably end up being my favorite of 2017. I feel that when an author does so well with the character that it really makes up the book to be fantastic.
In the two weeks since medical examiner Dr. Sara Linton joined her lover, agent Will Trent, on the payroll of
Diane S ☔
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! This one had the pacing of a runaway train, revelations fast and furious. Will Trent and Sara Litton, trying to make a go of it, both scarred from past events. Bodies found in a warehouse, one an ex-cop, another an apparent drug addict. A warehouse that is owned by an very rich, talented basketball star who was recently the main suspect in a rape case. But the big zinger, is that it all related back to Will's wife, the very troubled and troubling Angie.

Amazing back stories to the character
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
I am glad I did a re-read prior to starting the new one. Honestly, I had forgotten a lot of what had happened! Yes, Angie is still Cunty McCuntface! Will and Sara - happy ever after? We will have to wait and see, I guess. Fantastic writing! Brilliant author.


Karin Slaughter is probably one of my favourite ever authors. Discovered her last year and devoured most of her books. Will Trent. Not my usual "hero"! But I love and adore him. He is vulnerable,
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
FANTASTIC BOOK!! Great series. I'm very devastated the series is over. I love Will Trent, one of my all time favorite book characters. ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th book in the Will Trent series by author Karin Saughter. I have read several of the books in this series, although not in order and enjoyed them all so I was not surprised that I also enjoyed this one. Extremely well written and the series just gets better and better for me as I get more familiar with the characters, I only wish I had read them in order.
This novel focus's on Will's wife Angie Trent with the first half featuring Will and Sarah investigating an Atlanta crime scene w
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, let me start by stating that this book was worth the long oh so long wait, it goes without saying that this is Angie's book "hands down" and how she skull-fucked everyone in it , she really did outshine the lot of them with that twisted dark mind of hers, it was beautiful how she pulled their strings and how well they danced to her horrifying mocking tune,I really like Polanski, she makes Leena look like a school girl plus she owns her shit and makes no excuses . Poor Trent he was like a bro ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a stunner! My second read in the series. What's not to love about Will Trent?! ....and Angie, Angie, Angie, this woman is a tick under my skin.

Will is called to investigate a murder at an abandoned warehouse. He soon finds out the victim is an ex cop and the warehouse belongs to a famous local basketball player, Marcus. Marcus has escaped raped charges in the past and has a high profile lawyer on his side. There's a lot of blood at the scene and it looks like there's another victim. Som
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was prepared to wait until September to have this book on my Kindle but one of the best things happened. My good friend Mo was lucky enough to meet Karin Slaughter in person at a book signing in Delft, The Netherlands and she had the book signed for me and mailed it off. Look at this!!! I was so excited that I would get the chance to read it sooner than the release date here in the states.

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It is always challenging to write a series that will keep the reader engaged and invested in the main
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to say I have never read a book in larger print and my eyes freaking LOVED IT! LOL

WARNING: Graphic scenes-- Murder, domestic abuse, rape, drugs, pedophilia, prostitution, incest ((not usually my type of read but I tried this out and it can def be real life to someone and plot was good))

"It's never going to catch up with her, is it?" He said, "The people she hurts, The damage she does."
"Trust me, Will. Life always makes you pay for your personality." Amanda gave him a rueful s
Susanne  Strong
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Heck Ya! 👏

In “The Kept Woman,” Will Trent’s past comes back to bite him (instead of Sara Linton’s) and it ain’t pretty.

An investigation into a murder scene at a warehouse brings Amanda Wagner, Faith Mitchell, Will Trent and GBI’s newest medical examiner, Sara Linton to the scene. What they find is a WHOLE Lot of blood, along with a woman’s purse and lipstick, among other things. All of which are identified as being someone very well known to the team. Can you say ruh roh?

As if Will and
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding installment of the Will Trent series, The Kept Woman is a riveting mystery and an astute commentary on the hubris of professional athletes in our society. Will has just come off of a frustrating case in which a basketball player has been unindicted for the rape and assault of a young woman. Now, he has been catapulted into the murder of a former Atlanta police officer. He was a dirty cop, but he is one of them. Also, Angie, his terrible ex-wife, is back with a vengeance. If t ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karin Slaughter slays once again! Terrible pun, I know, but true. I love Karin Slaughter books. As in I love, love, love them!!!!! I love her characters. I love that they are damaged, make bad choices, make good choices, use terrible judgement, risk all for those they love, they feel jealousy, they take chances, they screw things up, they make amends, and they feel real emotions. Plus, I love a little grit with my murder mystery. Slaughter can be counted on to being the blood, the carnage, and r ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Karin Slaughter's books for quite awhile. In all honesty, I've liked some better than others, but I've never felt like I wanted to give up on this author. And I still don't!

This book portrays Will, Sara, Amanda, Faith, and Angie as accurately as they have ever been. I got to know Angie better in this book, and I still don't like her. I'm glad the author hasn't tried to change my opinion with this book. Lots more history and background on some of these characters made this an e
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karin Slaughter has such a knack for writing books that make you want to keep reading until you’re finished. This book was such a page turner. A mix of love, deceit, rape, beatings, pimps, murder, and the price fame gives you. If you like heart pounding, page turning, heart stopping drama... then read this. Fantastic book. Was hoping the ending would have been a little different but still enjoyed it :)

Slaughter reminds me of a female version of Harlan Coben!
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
I really reading Karen slaughter books.This one took a while to read as it's a book now find it easier to read on my kindle. Angie is back causing trouble again.A murder is Angie involved? Another great read looking forward to reading more of her books. ...more
Let me begin by saying this is NOT a standalone book. It is the culmination of all the books in this series that preceded it in defining Will Trent & Angie Polaski’s relationship. It’s complicated and you’ll only understand the extent of that from the earlier stories.

Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell are summoned to a murder scene involving a retired police detective. It gets dicey when they realize the warehouse is owned by the agency that represents a professional athlete Will just sp
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*Character spoiler below*

My only complaint with this book, if you can call it that, is that in bringing Will's wife Angie to the fore, Slaughter has overshadowed the other characters to such a degree that I might never think about them the same way again. She's like a massive black hole, swallowing the space in the book and acting as the driving force of everyone else in it. Or, to put it another way, she's the one in bright, vivid colour and anyone else is insipid, pale nothings. Honestly, the
Oooeee!! If you’re after a reading pick-me-up, then Karin Slaughter’s the one to do it!!

The murder of an ex-cop brought everyone to the site of the abandoned and derelict warehouse, including Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, his boss Amanda and his partner Faith, as well as medical examiner, Sara Linton – who also happened to be Will’s girlfriend.

But this investigation wasn’t just about the visible dead body – there was far too much blood for that. It was also about the person
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

So you guys all know I'm a romance reader at heart. I crave reading about love stories. I want to feeeeeeel all the feels, I want to swooooooon and squeeeeee over the sweetness (yes, the extra letters were needed for emphasis), I want my heart to break a little, then be put back together. BUT. I also sometimes need a mental breather. Y'know?

Sometimes you just need to hit refresh mentally and emotionally in my experience as a reader. And I accomplish this by stepping outside of my usual happy boo
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5 Stars - if ALL my expectations and criteria are met.
NO Stars - Goodreads stars are not enough as the story blew me out of the water.

This tune kept popping in my head when I was reading this book esp when the most hated heroine is mentioned, so let's do some (lyrics) tweaking on this famous song, shall we?


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Polaski's back,
I received a free copy of The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter from Goodreads for my honest review.

I absolutely love Karen Slaughter as an author. I plan on reading more of her books after reading this one. This book is absolutely amazing, mysterious, with secrets, lies, murder and more. I have not read Karen Slaughter's previous book in this series but I had no problem keeping up with the story line. Absolutely wonderful suspense novel!
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There WILL be a review to come.
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Generally I adore Karin Slaughter and the Will Trent series. The one character from this series that I cannot stand, whose very presence in the book is like nails on a chalkboard, is Angie - Will Trent's wife and a semi/sort of vice cop as well. She is a horrible person, a terrible cop, a "monster" as she proves to be in this book. The fact that the entire book is about Angie makes it difficult for me to give a fair review because I simply can not stand her as a character.

That said - it was a g
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Rating: 5 STARS
2016; William Morrow/Harper Collins

WOWEE!!! Karin Slaughter has written another winner. Whenever I start a Slaughter book, I know I will not be doing much of anything else. From the first page I am hooked and I can read fast enough. I received this novel last year but I have been putting it off. I don't really have many book crushes but Will, well right up there with Gilbert Blythe (From Anne of Green Gables) for me. Slaughter is just amazing at characterization - as much
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, series
3.5 stars
Karin Slaughter's 2016 mystery thriller is filled with determined detectives, gruesome crimes and some downright nasty characters. Of course, I enjoyed it all! I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but KS provides enough illusions to Detective Will Trent and his estranged wife, Angie's backstory that I never felt lost. Angie Polaski might just be one of the most fascinating characters as she straddles the murky waters of good investigator/terrible wife. As for Will Tren
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I've now finished book eight in the Will Trent series and it's been one heck of a rollercoaster ride.

A body is found in a derelict building on the ground floor and a further body of an ex cop is discovered further up. The building just happens to be owned by a famous basketball player who has been investigated on a rape case. The Grant County series and the Will Trent series are really best read in order if you want to submerge yourself in character development and storyline arcs. It gives y
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! The writing is amazing! Emotions all over the place, and the plot had me on the edge of my seat. (view spoiler)

Can't wait for the next one.
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Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 21 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NYT bestselling stand-alone novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER. Slaughter is the founder of the Sa ...more

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