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The Silent Wife

(Will Trent #10)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  11,355 ratings  ·  1,788 reviews
Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect. The man insists that he was framed by a corrupt law enforcement team led by Jeffrey Tolliver and that the re ...more
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Published August 4th 2020 by William Morrow
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Pisces51 I just posted my review and ironically I answered this question. I have always puzzled over Slaughter's titles, and had fun figuring them out.
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I just posted my review and ironically I answered this question. I have always puzzled over Slaughter's titles, and had fun figuring them out.
THE SILENT WIFE, interestingly enough, seems to stem from both certain dynamics from Sara's past with Jeffery but also her present with Will. Specifically, at one point Sara is lamenting the fact that Will's "silence" is driving her nuts, pretty much a common theme in their relationship. Thus the "silent wife" reference initially refers indirectly to Will in the following narrative from the book:

"Sara did not want a silent husband. She sure as hell was not going to be a silent wife."

Later on in the novel, when the reader is following the dynamics of Sara and Jeffery's relationship both prior to and following the divorce (a period not previously explored in the series), it is Jeffery who is expressing his conviction that his philandering was secondary to Sara's depriving him of her time and attention, and specifically denying him the sympathetic listening ear and the reassuring feedback of a friend and lover (sharing her concerns as well):

"He laid out all of his cards on the table. “I thought I was marrying my lover. I ended up with a silent wife.”

Then finally, the author deploys the connotation of "the silent wife" in an entirely different venue, specifically as an oversimplification of the underlying motive of our serial killer who has been operating under the radar of the authorities for so long:

"He’d wanted to create his own macabre version of a silent wife".

Miriam Yes. The backstory is part of this thriller. The action and investigation shifts between the past and present.
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Susanne  Strong
Well Played Karin Slaughter, Well Played.

Oops You did it again
You played with my heart..

My oh My.. what a wild, crazy, heart stopping, laugh out loud, tearfilled ride “The Silent Wife” turned out to be. Going in, I had no idea what to expect. What I got was Jeffrey. My Jeffrey. Jeffrey Tolliver. Be Still My Heart.

Sara Linton, is now an Atlanta resident, where she is the medical examiner at the GBI and the girlfriend of Will Trent, who is an investigator with the GBI. Sara, however, was
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Karin Slaughter's latest addition to her Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) agent Will Trent and medical examiner, Dr Sara Linton, series is a dark, unsettling and disturbing nightmare of a affair. GBI have been called in to to investigate the murder of inmate, 38 year old Jesus Vasquez, at the penitentiary during a riot, when they are offered information on the perpetrators by another prisoner, Daryl Nesbitt. He claims that he is innocent of the brutally devastating attacks, sexual assaults ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
“A really gritty, violent love story.”

The Silent Wife is a dark, suspenseful, and violent thriller. But a love story?

Love stories do play a central role, but the Will Trent series is really about the characters, their relationships, and friendships, and the horrible crimes they investigate. Most significantly, all of the characters are survivors.

A murderer dangles evidence that demonstrates that he has been wrongfully convicted. His revelation leads to the realization that a depraved serial
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally we got a real,gripping, gory, gritty, graphic, disturbing, dark and unputdownable Will Trent story that we’ve been waiting for. Don’t get me wrong, the brilliant, ultra talented author always gives us one book at a year but last two books were like regular, fast pacing thrillers and I missed the real essence, dysfunctional dynamics of Will’s world.

But this book brought that missing essence by meticulously merging past and present, that means without coming clean, facing their pasts, the
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So huge is my love for Jeffrey Tolliver that I almost didn't read this book. I just couldn't face dredging up all of those feelings again. Then I read a few reviews and well, I just had to get in there.

It was so great to reconnect even in this way. Will, Faith and Sara were just...well, you know.

And Lena, fucking Lena! Argh. Love to love/hate Lena.

Do not even entertain the idea of reading this book if you haven't read the other Grant County books, but if you have then do it today. And if you ha
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-is-nice, 2020
These books are basically crack to me so you’re not going to get a super balanced or neutral review here. I probably also shouldn’t be making drug jokes right after reading Dopesick, but I don’t have a better way to describe it! Karin Slaughter’s books just do it for me—as soon as I finish one I’m immediately looking around to see if there’s another. Luckily we got The Silent Wife less than a year after The Last Widow, and honestly:

I had to double check, but I believe this is the first police/cr
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Nineteen years ago, Karin Slaughter wrote the first book in her Grant County series and she has been my favorite ever since. Karin Slaughter fans know that the books began with the Grant County Series and then the Will Trent Series came along with Sara doing a crossover and the rest is history folks. If you have not read these two series, I highly recommend them. Be warned - they are dark, full of heinous crime, full of love, full of suspense, full of medical and investigative jargon, and simply ...more
Miranda Reads
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miranda by: Mimi

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Whewww! This was my first full-length Karin Slaughter book and it did NOT disappoint.

This book takes place across two timelines.

There's present-day Atlanta, Georgia - where we follow the police investigation of a woman who's been brutally attacked.

The trail is cold but when Will Trent (the investigator) gets a call to the local prison, he realizes that there's far more to the case than he ever expec
Michael David
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been nineteen years since Karin Slaughter released her first book in the Grant County series. Now, in the connected Will Trent series, she has written the best book since 2012’s “Criminal”.

Past and present collide when GBI investigator Will Trent and his partner, Faith Mitchell, go from looking at a deadly prison riot to looking into the brutal attack of a woman. When Will’s girlfriend, medical examiner Sara Linton, gets the chance to perform a second autopsy on a new victim, it becomes cl
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will Trent and Faith Mitchell of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are called to a Georgia prison following a riot and death of an inmate. Whilst there, prisoner Daryl Nesbitt asks to see them and accuses Detective Jeffrey Tolliver of fitting him up for brutal two rape attacks which he is serving time for. Jeffrey is now dead and was the former husband of medical examiner Dr Sara Linton who is in a relationship with Will. The unfolding drama puts a great strain on both of them and their relati ...more
Sheyla ✎

Oh my Gosh!! A new Will Trent novel <3.

Will is one of my favorite male characters. He is so broken and so smart at the same time.

Surprisingly, I adored Sara Linton too. In general, we tend to be harder on the female characters. Thinking things like "she is making the wrong choice", "she is putting herself in danger unnecessarily", "she is acting mean for no reason" or maybe it's just me that expects to read more about smarter, interesting and powerful women characters. Luckily, I n
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Karin Slaughter's books for years. I was a huge Jeffrey Tolliver fan! (I mean who wasn’t?)💁🏻‍♀‍ but grew to love Will Trent as he tried to fill Jeffery's shoes and our hearts.

But what happens when worlds collide and we have both Will and Jeffery in one book!? You say it can’t be done? Well only the very talented Karin Slaughter delivers the goods flawlessly!

I love all the characters Ms. Slaughter brings to life and this series has not faltered in the least over the years!
GBI Detective Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell are called to the scene of the aftermath of a prison riot. While investigating the murder of one of the inmates, another comes forward insisting he can help identify the killers and an inside scheme involving contraband but will cooperate only if they will investigate the assault of a young woman eight years ago that he was accused of committing. It’s a case that involved Jeffrey Tolliver and his team in Grant County and this prisoner is ac ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, so wowza! Thanks to Harper Collins for the lovely ARC. I was so excited when I got this in the mail, since I love Karen Slaughter and this is her twentieth book. It is also part of the GBI (Georgia Bureau of investigation) series with agent Will Trent and coroner Sara Linton. A couple at work and at home, these two are my favorite characters in a mystery series. Why doesn't someone make a tv show of these stories already?

The Silent Wife didn't di
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
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Eight years ago, most Grant County authorities were confident they had locked a serial rapist and murderer away for life. Recent brutal cases of misogynistic attacks on women bearing the same horrifying MO suggest the serial killer is still out there preying on women. The convicted inmate's declaration of innocence and disturbing accusations of dirty cops add fuel to the flame indicating a deadly mistake and gross injustice may have occurred. In a race against time, GBI Agent
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
“With Jeffrey, Sara had known that there were dozens, possibly hundreds of other women who could love him just as intensely as she did. With Will, Sara was keenly aware that she was the only woman on earth who could love him the way that he deserved to be loved.”

The Silent Wife is, at its heart, a romance story. An admittedly gritty, depraved, disturbing romance story...but a romance story, nevertheless.

So, let's talk about #10 in the Will TrenT series step-by-step, shall we?

Alan Cotterell
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Karin Slaughter (KS) is one of my auto buy authors, anything she writes I have to read. because she always transfers me from my world and drops me into a world that it you can see, feel, and smell. Whether it is small town America or large City, wherever she puts you she is in control. It can be dull (Not usually for long), exciting or terrifying as she wants it to be.
The Silent Wife is the 20th
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book was an excellent read, even though I don't like the prologue that much because Beckey ran despite her roommate's warning of the time and purposely chose the poor neighborhood instead of the wealthy one. I would rather she chose the wealthy one because it's not an obvious location where bad things happened. Sara and Jeff's argument was so good to read! I need to read Grant County series soon because I enjoyed getting to know Jeffrey in this story. Definitely fascinating to follow Will's ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well before I start, I have to confess to reading all the books in this series. I even started from book one again before reading this and found myself crying in the same places I did the first time around!!

The GBI are investigating the murder of an prison inmate Jesus Vasquez, who was murdered in a riot. Fellow inmate Daryl Nesbit claims he is innocent of his crimes of sexual assaults and murders. He claims he was set up by the police and that the perpetrator is still committing crimes. He will
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I have read (and not particularly liked) other books by this author. This is the first Will Trent book I have read. It’s part romance novel and part police procedural with a lot of descriptions of very violent rapes. I wasn’t expecting either of those features. The book could have been 250 pages shorter if it had excluded the Sara/Will relationship drama, but that is probably what fans of the series are looking for. I will not read more of the series.
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Normally I zip through mysteries - but every time I get a new Karin Slaughter book, I need to set aside at least a couple of days to process and enjoy. The Will Trent/Sara Linton books in particular are always intense, hardboiled, and intellectually involving, providing lots of thrills while giving you lots of serious issues to chew on. This book is no exception. The Silent Wife met all my (VERY high!) expectations.

I am a former criminal prosecutor and Karin Slaughter, for my money, is one of th
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, twenty years, twenty books - congratulations to Karin Slaughter on this milestone. This is a fantastic book and addition to the Will Trent series (and the Grant County series). I was hooked from the first chapter and on the edge of my seat by the end of the book!

In Grant County women were stalked and murdered. Thankfully the killer is caught and behind bars. That is the "flashback" scenario to Grant County - "The Past". Fast forward to "The Present" - Atlanta, where a prison altercat
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent and Grand County books will love The Silent Wife. It’s a gritty and frank book addressing violence against women. But at its core, it's a love story and it will hold your interest until the end.

In the present day, an incarcerated man believed to be a serial rapist and murderer has presented GBI Agent Will Trent with possible evidence to warrant his team, including girlfriend Medical Examiner Sara Linton, to look into the case as women continue to be disappear
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Jeffery Tolliver way back when. Slaughter’s depiction of him in this book kind of shocked me at first. I guess my memory of Jeffery was enhanced over time and I just plain forgot the corrupt things he did as sheriff and the hurt he caused Sara. Besides, now there’s Will Trent.

Lots of history dredged up in this book. Lena, you still piss me off. I don’t know what Jeffery saw in you, but I think he was wrong. Faith, you’re great. You’re the perfect partner. Sara, you divorced Jeffery for c
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm happy to say that after an abysmal miss with her last book in the Will Trent series, Slaughter has redeemed herself with The Silent Wife. This book was much more on par with the previous books in the Will Trent series and packed the punch I am accustomed to from Slaughter.

I am still growing somewhat weary with the Will Trent/Sara Linton relationship, but I thought this book did a good job of adding a fresh perspective to the complex relationship and further exploring Sara's conflicting feeli
Laura Peden
Thanks for making me cringe, laugh, cry and smile Karin Slaughter 🖤 I was almost able to add puke to that sentence but I somehow found the strength to keep it down 💪🏼 I figured out the baddie early on so this probably isn’t my favorite in the series but hot damn! She delivered one hell of a wicked story in the midst of a sea of thrillers that don’t even have a single felony in them. Triggers galore obviously- if you have any concerns regarding violence against women I urge you to proceed with ca ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th book in the Will Trent series by author Karin Slaughter.

A young woman is is left for dead when she is brutally attacked in Atlanta Georgia. The police investigation is going nowhere until GBI investigator Will Trent visits the state penitentiary and a prisoner tells him he recognises the modus operendi. The prisoner states the attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. With the prisoner always claiming he was innocent he now feels sure he has the pr
Roman Clodia
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's been some time since I read a crime novel that is as page-turningly gripping as this! I would normally avoid anything about serial killers, especially killers fixated on violent sexual crimes against women: there's a disturbingly fine line between books which luxuriate in misogynistic brutality and those that call it out - this one manages to stay in the latter field, with scenes that made me flinch. But the portrayal of trauma, grief and what it might take to survive, even barely, is ...more
Natasha Niezgoda
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!! Holy cow! Why has it taken me this long to read a Karin Slaughter book?!?

4.5 stars. Karin Slaughter could write this series forever and I'd always love it, as long as these book-people live in this world. 😍

Without exception, every book I've read by KS is absolutely, sometimes horribly believable crime fiction. Her stories are always visceral and frequently outright gruesome. But for me, this time she went darker than she ever has. (view spoiler)

When the book opens, Will and S
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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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