Thursday, July 18, 2013

An Almost Perfect Crime Novel

Unseen: A Novel

Unseen: A Novel
by Karin Slaughter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.75




 
Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels featuring detective Will Trent are utterly riveting and masterfully drawn. Her latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent whose latest case has him posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who rides a motorcycle around Macon, Georgia, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. The cover has worked and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally. But undercover and cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him.

Although she has no idea where Will has gone, or why, Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting: Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down in his own home. Sara holds Lena, Jared’s wife, responsible: Lena, a detective, has been a magnet for trouble all her life, and Jared’s shooting is not the first time someone Sara loved got caught in the crossfire. Furious, Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it, and soon danger is swirling around both of them.

In a novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists, two investigations collide with a conspiracy straddling both sides of the law. Karin Slaughter’s latest is both an electrifying thriller and a piercing study of human nature: what happens when good people face the unseen evils in their lives."
 








 


This review is from: Unseen: A Novel (Hardcover)
Had I not done my research, I would not have known that this was part of a series. I also would not have known that the main protagonists are supposed to be Will Trent AKA `Bill Black' and Dr, Sara Linton. I would have kept on thinking that the main story was supposed to have been about Lena, a Georgia (Macon) detective and her husband Police officer ( motorcycle division) Jared .

What a novel. The simple fact that I walked into the series in the middle gave me really no problems, since the author does a fabulous job of giving us enough back-story (almost too muck) to keep new readers from missing too much of what is going on. Some of the readers, who have been with this series from the start, might get a little frustrated with a lot of the back-story.

This engrossing book kept me riveted right from the very first. I did not want to put it down. The story is being told from two different angles -one is from Detective Lena's side letting us know just how this mess has gone down. The rest of this novel is from various other points of view that have to deal with Jared's shooting, and Will's latest case, which coincides with Jared and Lena's problems. ------------------------>Spoiler.----------------------> This tragedy of Jared being shot, neatly plays into the story line of Sara's longstanding feud with Lena and the fact that Sara believes that Lena had caused the death of Sara's first Policeman husband.<--------------------------------end br="" spoiler="">There is so much going on that if I tried to explain it any more than I have I will end up spoiling it for you.

Whether you've come into this series cold like me or have been reading all the books, this book is gripping, exciting, bloody, vicious, chilling, and emotional and so much more. I loved it! *ARC SUPPLIED BY PUBLISHER*

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