I received this ARC courtesy of Dead Good Books via Goodreads. Thank you so much! It pains me to think that I might have missed out on what is probably going to be the best book I read this year. There is so much I would like to say about this book, but I'm afraid it would take reams of paper to do so.
Try to imagine ... you've been married 18 years and you've just buried your husband after he was killed in a robbery. Now imagine that you find things that you never knew of .. tapes showing women being tied up, tortured, raped, murdered. And then you discover numerous files on women all across the country .. all rape victims at one time or another. And then you're told he embezzled millions of dollars from his company. So who exactly is this human monster you've shared your life with?
Who do you trust with this information? Where do you turn?
The book follows a father whose daughter disappeared many, many years ago and was never found. He spends his life journaling about his search for her. There are also two sisters affected by this disappearance. There are secrets between them and a lot of forgiving to be done.
The book is absolutely brilliant! I'd give it 10 stars if I could. I've followed Karin Slaughter for many years, starting with her Jeffrey and Sara books. This is a stand-alone book.. something entirely different for her ... and she did an awesome job of roping me in. I had moments of holding my breath .... even a tear here and there. It takes a very special author to wring those emotions out of me. The book is so well-written and the characters so believable.
I highly recommend this book!
This author is one of my dependable favorites, an excellent writer whose skill is again evident in this darkly disturbing, often brutally graphic novel. Slaughter isn't known for shying away from difficult topics, and it's hard to deny the book's strong emotional impact and powerful characterizations.
But I'm not convinced all the explicit violence was needed; the sisters' story would have been just as compelling if some of the gore had been toned down. The subject matter was a little much for me personally, and the ugly details weren't necessary. I also thought the plot was frequently a little too twisty and not quite believable, and found the ending be unfortunately prosaic.
This was still a solid thriller, the kind that Slaughter is known for, but not a comfortable or easy book to read.
I'm a HUGE Karin Slaughter fan and have read all of her books. I probably enjoyed this one the least for one reason: it had FAR too much graphic torture for my taste. She's a great storyteller, don't get me wrong, but I could definitely have done without the incredibly detailed descriptions about the extreme torture endured by the young victims.