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The Last Widow

(Will Trent #9)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  26,330 ratings  ·  2,684 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

A mysterious kidnapping

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. V
Hardcover, 446 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by William Morrow
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Ashley I heard in an interview once that Karin got death threats over killing Jeffery (I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who was happy to see that tool go) so…moreI heard in an interview once that Karin got death threats over killing Jeffery (I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who was happy to see that tool go) so I don't think she'll leave Will to die alone miserably. Maybe it's just me, but I think Karin cares about Will just as much as we do.

I'm tired of Angie too, but as far as "evil ex's" go, she's one of my favorites. I'd hate to see this series end, but I have fallen head over heels in love with her standalone novels. I don't know how it would be possible, but I wish there was a way to keep Andrea from Pieces of Her going. I'm totally renewing my Netflix account as soon as the Pieces of Her show comes out.

Sorry...this is long and all over the place. I might be a little too excited for The Last Widow to come out ha. Plus I could talk about KS books all day :)(less)
Steve Batchelor Karin builds her characters from book to book so I’d say yes, you need to start at the beginning. You won’t regret reading any and all of them. They’r…moreKarin builds her characters from book to book so I’d say yes, you need to start at the beginning. You won’t regret reading any and all of them. They’re all amazingly entertaining.(less)

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May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who is shocked by the nightmare rise of the far right Alt-right and their Nazi ideology should read this well researched addition to the Will Trenton series with Dr Sara Linton, both members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) by Karin Slaughter. Slaughter pokes beneath the surface to examine the rise of this contemporary phenomena with the authentic creation of the kind of unhinged characters, mainly men, that are part of this unsavoury movement, their arrogance, their need to ...more
Mary Beth
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! Karen Slaughter knocked this one out of the ball park! I loved loved loved it. It was Earth Shattering! It was the bomb!
I can't stop thinking of this book. I just love this series. I would say this is my favorite by her but I say that every time I finish one of her books. I still have Pretty Girls too read by her and I can't wait to read that one. But I am saving that one while I am waiting for her next book. So glad there is going to be another book in this series. I always want
I’ll begin by offering a bit of advice. Don’t open this with the idea of just getting a few chapters under your belt. Prepare. Find a quiet spot, break out the emergency reading kit (snacks, beverages, blankie, heart rate monitor, etc.) & get comfortable. Because this author doesn’t so much gently lead you into the story as throw you off a speeding train. In the ebook version we have our first kidnapping at 2%. Then she gives you a bit of a break, holding off til 8% for the second one. At this p ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
“You will be the last widow of your kind.”

The Last Widow is book #9 in the Will Trent series. This installment is gripping, thrilling, and suspenseful. I could not put it down!

The plot is multilayered and complex. It involves a domestic terrorist group that commits a horrific act of violence. Will and Sara find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Both of their lives are in danger, but both will do whatever it takes to save the other.

The narrative is split between Sara, Will, and F
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Nov)
Sara Linton and Will Trent are back!

This is book 9 in the popular series and my first. I know, I'm super late to the party, but this worked for me as a stand-alone. I still felt like I got to know and love Sara and Trent.

This was a super-charged, action-packed adventure that had my emotions rocked. I'm pretty sure I was even holding my breath with worry at one point. Sara and Trent are such a wonderful team and I was aware of their feelings for each other. I'm not sure what other obstacles t
Alan Cotterell
Before you start this the latest book in the Will Trent series, make sure you have enough time to finish it. You will not want to put it down. Karin Slaughter is a master (or should that be mistress), when it comes to storytelling. She somehow moves the story on at such a pace, but at the same time builds up the tension. I don’t think there were any extraneous words in this. Every one of them was needed.

Her books can sometimes be criticised for including too much violence and not particularly, p
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, overdrive
Karin Slaughter has such a true gift for writing raw thrillers that no matter how dark and foreboding, you are completely immersed in her nail-biting reads!

I’ve been reading Karin Slaughter’s books for years. Both stand-alone and series books, and I love both equally!

Dr. Sara Linton is in the process of moving on....and perhaps moving in with GBI Agent Will Trent. It feels like it’s time to take that next step. Unfortunately, that dream will have to be put on hold temporarily. Two massive
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
446 pages.. has anyone noticed how inaccurate the page count is on Goodreads?

This book is a fantastic read! The views are unlike any other reads I have experienced. Three views are told in parallel and at the same time. I don't have to wonder what the other person is doing or thinking because it will be explained when I read that person's view. It's like a 360 degrees birds view. I love the intensity of the situation when Will and Sara are surrounded by the possibility of many bad guys with gun
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A explosion (or two) ...and a dramatic showdown - Karin Slaughter style

1. A scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is kidnapped while out shopping with her daughter. No ransom is asked, and her body has not been found.
2. A month later and two explosions go off
3. Hearing the explosions, Will Trent and Sara Linton rush to the scene...

What happens next sets the stage for the book and introduces the reader to a world of evil, where a seemingly charismatic leader shows his tru
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, adult-reads
Michelle Spivey, a scientist working for the CDC, is kidnapped while out shopping with her daughter. Weeks later bombs go off and Will Trent & his girlfriend Dr. Sara Linton attempt to help when they’re waylaid by a car accident. In the wrong place at the right time, Will is badly beaten & Sara is taken by the same people who have Michelle. Suddenly Will and Sara find themselves embroiled in a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. Will is forced to go undercove ...more
The Hype IS Real!!!

 This was my very first Karin Slaughter and I have to say... I get it! Dark, disturbing, and oh so delicious! This is the ninth book in the Will Trent series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a standalone. I'd definitely go back and read the previous books I'd like to learn the history between these characters especially Will and Amanda (his boss/pseudo-mother). Will was quirky and likable, I'd love to witness how his character has evolved through the course of the series.

 T ...more
A woman is mysteriously abducted from a shopping mall. A month later, a bomb goes off in one of Atlanta’s neighborhoods housing Emery University and it's hospital, the FBI and the CDC. Then, GBI Special Agent Will Trent and Medical Examiner Dr. Sara Linton find themselves in the middle of a dangerous confrontation on their way to assist with what they know is a catastrophic event. You just know these three situations are somehow connected but it is in no way obvious. What follows is one heck of ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay, I'm probably going to get a lot of hate for this...

I used to be a die hard Karin Slaughter fan, but her last 2 books have really failed to hit the mark with me. When I first listened to the audiobook version of Triptych (my first Karin Slaughter book), I was absolutely blown away by the story and narrator (Michael Kramer). It is a book that stayed in my thoughts for a long time after I first listened to it. The first 3 Will Trent Series books became my all time favourites and I listen to t
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-winner, arc
My rating hurts my heart--2.5 stars rounded up.

I have been reading Karin Slaughter novels since my college days...I'm now in my early 40s. Not only have I purchased every single book, I've recommended them to countless friends and family over the years. Karin has, quite literally, been my #1 favorite author for a large chunk of my adulthood...which is why it pains me so much to write this review. It's been so long since our last Will Trent story, The Kept Woman...which I rated 5 stars, a rar
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
This one grabbed me right by the ying-yang and it was off to the races.  A despicable, yet charismatic man leads a group of homegrown military types.  Domestic terrorism is his game, and his plans are truly terrifying.  There is plenty of Southern grittiness to be had, and the sticky heat is almost palpable.  Action packed, I didn't even take notes while reading. This is my first acquaintance with Will Trent, and I look forward to retracing my steps and reading Slaughter's other novels featuring ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
The Last Widow is one of my most anticipated books of 2019. After reading it, I can say it's a powerful, relevant story that I won't soon forget. Slaughter clearly spent a great deal of time researching social and political issues of our time as well as the radical, militia style groups that emerge, along with the idealistic views of people who tend to join them. The author captures the atmosphere and essence of a cult group practicing segregation as they believe it their duty and right to do wh ...more
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Money. That was the real obstacle... She would never forget the look on Jeffrey’s face the first time he’d seen the balance in her trading account. Sara had actually heard the squeaking groan of his testicles retracting into his body. It had taken a hell of a lot of suction to get them back out again.

Sara had explained the science behind these mood changes. During the stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding and childhood, a woman’s brain was flooded with hormones that altered the g
Well Karin slaughter has done it again The Last Widow may be the 9th book in the Will Trent series but this series just gets better and stronger with each book.
This book is darker and more disturbing than the others I found and that's probably the cult aspect to this story (cults freak me out 😲)
It's definitely a fear making,nerve shaking and a nail biter of a book.
There are many moments where you just roll your eyes and say " ARE YOU FOR REAL!!! " 🙄
And then there are the twists and that horrendo
Nadia - on a break
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is the kind of book that will increase your heart beat and if the world was ending, you might notice it, but you will keep reading because you will want to know how the book ends! Having said that, this book might not appeal to faint-hearted as it gets dark and gory in places.

The Last Widow is #9 in Will Trent series but my first one and it felt absolutely fine to read it as a standalone. 

The Last Widow is action-packed and it made me feel as if I was seeing the scenes rather than just read
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow Sara and Will are back and I have to say I have missed them and Karin Slaughter you blew me away with this book!!

Michelle Spivey a scientist who works in disease control, is out shopping with her 11 year old daughter Ashley, when a van pulls up alongside Ashley, fearing for her daughter she runs over to the van but it is Michelle who they kidnap.

Dr Sara Linton and Will Trent are about to have a meal with Sara’s family, when they hear an explosion and go running towards it. They discover a ro
Wayward Readers (Tarrah Marie)
WILL TRENT IS BACK!!! ((deep breath))
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Last Widow is another slam dunk for Slaughter's Will Trent series. Slaughter is a master class in character development as Will faces Sara's angry parents after he "lets" her get kidnapped by a domestic terrorist group. He did no such thing, he almost got killed trying to prevent it, but all they know is the terror and fear of their daughter's disappearance. Understandably, they lash out at Will.

Domestic terrorism is a subject I know little about and I was shocked by the revelations about it
Special Agent Will Trent, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and his girlfriend, medical examiner Sara Linton were at lunch with Sara’s family when they heard a huge explosion. Sara and Will rushed outside, running toward the noise when they came across a car accident. The resulting chaos saw Sara kidnapped and Will badly injured – with the race on by the GBI, the FBI and local police force. As facts were learned, the knowledge that a young mother, Michelle Spivey, who had been abducted onl ...more
Stephanie Nicholas
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wowzer! Yes, I just wrote "wowzer," haha. Boy was that book good. It's obviously no surprise to those of you that know what a goddess I think Karin Slaughter is, that I finished this book in two days.

Michelle works at a high clearance position with the Center for Disease Control and is out shopping with her daughter when a van pulls out and abducts her, leaving her daughter behind. Nearly a month passes and she has not been found.

One afternoon not far from the CDC, agent Will Trent and his girlf
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 9th book in the Will Trent series by author Karin Slaughter but could easily be read as a stand alone.
Michelle Spivey a scientist from the Centre for Disease Control is kidnapped by unknown assailants and authorities are desperate to find her. One month later, a bomb goes off in the Atlanta neighbourhood that houses Emory University, two hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC. Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and his girlfriend Sara, a medica
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter is the ninth book in the Will Trent series.
A woman is abducted from a shopping centre car park. A month later she is forced to take part in a terrorist attack. Will Trent's girlfriend a doctor is also taken by the terrorist. It's a race against time to stop these men and get the women back alive.
I did not enjoy this book as much as the author's earlier books in this series and found a difference in writing style and the story very slow at the beginning.
Thank you
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will Trent fans, if you have been on a waiting list The Last Widow for weeks and weeks like I was, don’t give up! Karin Slaughter’s ninth book in the series is well worth the wait! Trent, a GBI agent in Atlanta, loves the hunt, and suddenly he is thrust into a hunt like no other.

Slaughter begins the saga with the abduction of Michelle Spivey, a gifted physician at the CDC, who had been out shopping with her eleven-year-old daughter. Fast forward to a month later. Agent Trent and his girlfrie
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book by Karin Slaughter, including this one, I think it’s her best yet.

Slaughter made Will Trent and Sara Linton “click” in this book more than she ever has before. My heartstrings were pulled! And knowing this author, there was always that niggling little voice in the back of my mind saying, “Don’t get comfortable.”

It was nice spending so much time with Faith, and her thoughts on living with a toddler were hilarious. I didn’t miss Angie at all.

Slaughter also created a very r
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I normally don’t like to jump into a series in the middle without having read all of the previous books, as I’m pretty big on character development and the concern is always that I won’t be able to relate much to the characters due to missing out on so much of their backstory. Given this concern, I was a bit apprehensive at first when I received an ARC of Karin Slaughter’s latest thriller The Last Widow , which is actually book 9 in the Will Trent series and also features characters from the ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2019
It’s been almost three years since the last book in this series was released and while the wait felt SO long, it was worth it! Since I’m such a huge, super fan of this series one of the questions I get asked the most is, can these books be read as standalones? Short answer is sure, you would probably be fine. Long answer is, no because it’s such a fantastic series and the characterization is so phenomenal that you probably wouldn’t like it as much as I do. I have such a strong attachment to thes ...more
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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 nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER. Her most recent book, THE LAS ...more

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