Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect. The man insists that he was framed by a corrupt law enforcement team led by Jeffrey Tolliver and that the real culprit is still out there—a serial killer who has systematically been preying on women across the state for years. If Will reopens the investigation and implicates the dead police officer with a hero’s reputation of wrongdoing, the opportunistic convict is willing to provide the information GBI needs about the riot murder.

Only days ago, another young woman was viciously murdered in a state park in northern Georgia. Is it a fluke, or could there be a serial killer on the loose?

As Will Trent digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the cold case in order to find the answer. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear, and lies to become truth. But Will can’t crack either mystery without the help of the one person he doesn’t want involved: his girlfriend and Jeffrey Tolliver’s widow, medical examiner Sara Linton.

When the past and present begin to collide, Will realizes that everything he values is at stake . . .

In The Silent Wife, Will Trent returns to the series, and is reeled into the case of a possible serial killer, along with the possibility of a corrupt law enforcement official.

Sara Linton, Will’s girlfriend, is the widow of the police chief that was involved in the case from eight years ago.

Our story flips between the past and the present, spotlighting the officers involved in each case, as well as the new victims in the present.

Similarities between the cold cases and the present seem to be connected by some very intriguing items lost or stolen from the victims.

I liked the character of Will, and the connection between him and Sara felt real, as they had their issues. As the story takes us between the time periods, we see how the two of them struggle to connect when they are having disagreements.

One of the characters, another police detective, was very unlikable. Lena is someone who cuts corners and seems quite unethical in her approach. I was hoping she would be disciplined, but that didn’t happen in this book.

An enjoyable read that kept me guessing until the end…and I was surprised by the reveal.. 4.5 stars



  1. Cheryl Malandrinos

    I really need to read more of Karin’s books. She was one of my clients when I worked in book promotion, and I keep meaning to read more of her stuff. Thanks for sharing. This book sounds great.

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