Unseen by Karin Slaughter
Delacorte Press, 2013
Crime Fiction; 400 pgs
From the Publisher:
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.
Unseen is the first novel I have read by Karin Slaughter, an author who I have been wanting to try for years. It is a part of a series; however, the book stands well on its own. I had no trouble jumping right into the lives of the characters and following along on Will Trent's latest investigation.
The novel opens with Lena, a detective who has just undergone an intense Internal Affairs review of a raid gone wrong. She'd recently suffered a terrible loss in her personal life as well, one that has impacted her relationship with her husband even further. Suddenly men burst into her home and start shooting; her husband nearly dead. It was a hell of an opening. And one that set the tone for the rest of the book. The intensity and suspense did not let up much in the pages to come.
It appears the Macon police are working on one crime and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations are working on another. Somehow both seem to be connected. As Will and his partner set out to untangle the mess in front of them, they uncover quite a few secrets.
I took to Will right away. He seems like a good man, hardworking and interested in justice. I wasn't so sure about his girlfriend, Dr. Sara Linton. I wanted to like her, and most of the time I did. There were moments though I felt she passed judgement too quickly and wasn't as understanding as I assumed her character should be. Lena was another tough nut to crack. She was smart, but she was tough and too easily pushed people away. I only have a few minor complaints in terms of character behavior, overall, but nothing to hurt my enjoyment of the book. I never really fully understood the feud between Lena and Sara. I thought Sara was being unfair to Lena much of the time. But then, Lena, had her moment of meanness as well. I can't help but think this is an area that would have been more clear had I read previous books and known their back stories.
There was quite a bit going on in the novel. Karin Slaughter juggles several story lines in the air before tying everything together in a somewhat surprising ending. I definitely will be reading more of Karin Slaughter's work in the future.
You can learn more about Karin Slaughter and her books on the author's website.
Source: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley.
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