Book Review: THE LAST WIDOW – after terrorists bomb an ATL parking structure, Sara Linton is kidnapped, and Will Trent will go through any obstacle to find her

Amelia with The Last Widow
Will Trent Book 9

Karin Slaughter

Dr. Michelle Spivey, a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control, is abducted on a summer afternoon while shopping with her daughter. Despite their best efforts, authorities are unable to uncover any clues to her whereabouts.

A month later, two explosions rock Atlanta near Emory University. As GBI Agent Will Trent and his girlfriend Dr. Sara Linton rush to the scene to provide assistance, they come upon a three-vehicle accident. Before either is able to completely comprehend the situation, Will is attacked and Sara taken. Sara’s mother, who arrives at the scene only to see Sara’s car depart with her and the kidnappers, blames Will.

Concussed and with internal injuries, Will nevertheless prevails upon his supervisor, Amanda, to let him go undercover to try to rescue Sara, and, possibly, Dr. Spivey. Meanwhile, his partner, Faith, engages in power plays with the FBI to gain information that will help in their investigation.

As Faith and Will pursue their separate inquiries, they realize their prey is ruthless, well-financed, and eager for bloodshed, leaving Sara more vulnerable the longer she is missing. As Will slips into his cover, the tendrils that keep him anchored fray.

The Last Widow has point of view chapters from Will, Sara, and Faith, and besides the prologue and epilogue, takes place just over three days. The same events overlap, and at times it can be humorous to see how different characters view the same situation. Other times, the overlap shows an information imbalance which can be heartrending.

The Will Trent books are my favorite from Karin Slaughter, and I highly enjoyed this addition to the series. In addition to a timely mystery and fast-paced plot, Will and Sara’s relationship gets attention without the devious machinations of Angie Polaski, Will’s ex-wife. My one complaint is that the primary antagonist in the book might have too many pathologies. Still, that didn’t impact my pleasure from the book. I count Slaughter among my top five mystery writers. The Last Widow is a must for her fans, but I think any mystery lovers will enjoy it, and it’s easy to dive in without having read any other Will Trent books.