2019, Blog Tour, Book review

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin @fictionpubteam #TheLastWidow

Today I have the great pleasure in sharing my review for The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter as part of the blog tour. A huge thanks to the publishers for the invite and copy of the book.

About the book

It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.
A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens.
Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…

The Last Widow will be available to purchase from June 13th – Amazon

My thoughts

Well I’m not quite sure where to start with this review, I’m still slightly lost for words after finishing the book and I can’t believe this is my first Karin Slaughter book, why have not read this authors books before? That will definitely be rectified now.

Michelle Spivey a scientist from the Centre of Disease Control is returning to her car after a shopping trip with her daughter when she is abducted. A month later with no clues to Michelle’s whereabouts Sara Linton, a medical examiner and her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are over at Sara’s Aunts house for lunch when they hear and feel an explosion, running to the scene to help they come across a car accident, things don’t quite add up for Sara and before they know what’s happening Sara is abducted too and what follows is a fast paced and totally gripping read.

I have to say my heart was in my mouth for most of this book, what a tense read it was and having only just met Sara and Will it was very easy to get grips with their characters and by the end of the book I really felt like I knew them well and really cared what happened to them. They both have had difficult pasts but their relationship was strong and Will showed his worth by the determination he showed in his hunt for Sara.

The plot for The Last Widow seriously gave me shivers, it wasn’t hard to believe that this could easily happen in the real world. It’s clear there has been a lot of research done on the authors part and this makes for very realistic reading. This story really isn’t for the faint-hearted and had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. It’s seriously gripping and I highly recommend when you pick up this book that you have plenty of time to read it, get the snacks and the coffee ready beforehand because you really won’t want to put it down.

Although this is the ninth book in the series, The Last Widow can easily be read as a stand-alone, it was easy to follow and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the others first, saying that though it has really given me a thirst to read the rest of the series, it’s really addictive.

So if you haven’t, like me, read any of this series then don’t let that put you off reading The Last Widow, it’s honestly a blooming good read that is enthralling, fast-paced, tense, compulsive and had me biting my finger nails and holding my breath.

Highly recommended by Its all about the books.

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