Goodreads: Criminal (Will Trent #6)
Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: 3rd July 2012 (Audiogo)
Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)
Official Summary: “Karin Slaughter’s new thriller is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets. Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before—when Will’s father was imprisoned for murder–this was his home… Flash back nearly forty years: In the summer Will Trent was born, Amanda Wagner is taking her first steps in the boy’s club that is the Atlanta police department. One of her first cases is to investigate a brutal crime in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods. Amanda and her partner Evelyn are the only ones who seem to care if an arrest is ever made. Now the case that launched Amanda’s career has suddenly come back to life, and it is intertwined with the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage.Each will need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed on Atlanta today.” – Goodreads
Review: Really liked how this story played out. You got to see a lot of background of characters already well established in the series. You got to see how past events helped make them into the people they had become. It was a little annoying the switching from past to present, but that was more to do with you got sucked into the story in the past. Then it would switch on you, making you want to rush the present to get back to the past. (Well that is just a confusing mouthful.)
You forget how bad it was back then in them days. Bad for black men, even worse for women. They all got treated like secretaries, as non-police even though they were just trying to do good. It was interesting to see how it was back then, how people had to fight to get accepted. How they had to really earn the right to be called police vs how it was given on a plate to white men. How they were called police when half of them were always drunk or not doing their job at all. (Based on this story, I don’t know true facts.)
Overal it was a great story, adding even more layers to the characters you thought you already knew. Saw that Angie twist from halfway in the book.
Great review Laura. I read this so long ago, but remember that I liked it.
Had it for ages myself just slowly trying to get rid /read some of my own books 😛
I know the feeling. I am trying to do the same, but not having as much luck as I had hoped. Too many new releases that look so good.
That’s a really good first sentence for the blurb. Most of what you need to know, neatly packed in. Nice review- gives a good taste of what’s to come.