The Last Widow (Will Trent Series #9)

The Last Widow (Will Trent Series #9)

by Karin Slaughter

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New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

A mysterious kidnapping

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. The authorities are desperate to save the doctor who’s been vanished into thin air.

A devastating explosion

One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhoods has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

A diabolical enemy

Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062858887
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Series: Will Trent Series , #9
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 4
File size: 957 KB

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her novels Pieces of Her, The Good Daughter, and Cop Town are in development for film and television.

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The Last Widow: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
3no7 1 days ago
“The Last Widow” by Karen Slaughter is graphic, terrifying, and redemptive, and thus not for sensitive readers; hence, only four stars. It is part of the “Will Trent” Series, but new readers will immediately become immersed in the story. This book is about hate and the people who make hate a commodity. Sara Linton’s husband had died in the line of duty, and it seemed like the world was filled with widows. Sara Linton brought Will Trent with her to a dinner gathering at the family home. Trent’s divorce had just been finalized, and they had settled into a happy routine. Two explosions from the near-by Emory University campus shake the ground. Trent, a special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Linton, a doctor, immediately rush to the scene. This decision forever changes them. The chapters that follow expose danger, trauma, and horror. Linton and Trent are caught up in a detailed and complicated plot that includes domestic terrorists, white supremacist groups, military dissidents, survivalists, antisocial drug dealers, and lone-wolf shooters. The goal is many people dying, and the motivation is fame. Time is important, and events involving different people in different locations occur simultaneously. The time is noted at the start of each chapter, and that starting time goes slightly backward to encompass the actions of the previous chapter from a different perspective. Each point of view reflects different concerns, procedures, and levels of panic. All commentaries work together to develop a complex and complete view of the action. Like a diorama, everything happens all around with the reader in the center. Tick-tock, tick-tock, the minutes pass for each person; details are revealed, and plans are discussed. Readers react to the trauma, follow the preparations, and feel the tension along with characters. The pace is non-stop, and the action is intense. “The Last Widow” deals with controversy, hate, and abuse. Danger, desperation, and blood ooze from every line. Despite the trauma, the story is compelling and gripping. Every page pulls readers into the ordeal. Ultimately, there is resolution along with the death. I received a review copy of “The Last Widow” from Karen Slaughter, HarperCollins, and William Morrow. The story is relevant, current, and frighteningly real; it could be from any nightly news broadcast. I recommend it with a caveat for violent content, but this is consistent with Slaughter’s previous books. Regular readers will be glad to know that amidst the distress and devastation, Will and Sara attempt to address at least some of their many complicated personal issues.
Anonymous 2 days ago
And absolutely wonderful! I wanted to stretch out reading this new book, but I couldn't put it down. I have enjoyed reading the Will Trent/Sara Linton series since the beginning, and look forward to the next threat they tackle together. Thank you Karin Slaughter. Nobody does it better. (Carly Simon, written by Carole Sager/Marvin Hamlisch)
BettyTaylor 3 days ago
Another outstanding novel by Karin Slaughter. While this is #9 in her Will Trent series, this is the first I have read and I didn’t feel like I missed anything by jumping into the series. This action-packed book keeps you on the edge of your seat with surprising twists and a plot that could have come straight from newspapers today. A scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is kidnapped. A month later there is a devastating explosion on the Emory campus which includes Emory Hospital and University, CDC, Grady Hospital and FBI headquarters. Will’s girlfriend Sara, a medical examiner, is also kidnapped when they rush to the scene of the explosion. Will goes undercover to find out what the group that kidnapped Sara plans to do next and, of course, to save Sara. What Will and Sara discover is beyond comprehension – pure evil. With plans to cause the death of multitudes of people the race is on to stop them. The story is told in the alternating perspectives of Will and Sara. I felt like I was right there alongside Sara as she moved among the members of the group soon realizing how serious these people are about their “mission”. Then in Will’s chapters I could feel his fear for Sara’s life. If you like a story where you have to remind yourself to breathe, I highly recommend this book.
SheTreadsSoftly 3 days ago
The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter is an excellent, very highly recommended thriller/procedural and ninth book in the Will Trent series. This is one of the best books of the year! A scientist from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Michelle Spivey, is kidnapped from outside a shopping center with no clues as to why. A month later Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Dr. Sara Linton, a medical examiner, are nearby when two explosions occur at Emory University in Atlanta where two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC are located. Will and Sara go rushing over to help when they come across a three car accident, but something seems clearly off about this accident. The two are intelligent keen observers and start to notice all clues pointing to something being wrong. When they see Michelle with the men, several who appear to be shot, they are getting ready to take action when all heck breaks loose. The end result is Will is wounded and Sara is kidnapped. The FBI figures out that the group calls themselves the Invisible Patriot Army (IPA for short, which makes me chuckle and I can't help but think the acronym is purposeful). Alternate chapters follow Will, Sara, and Will's colleague Faith (and boss Amanda) as they try to figure out where the group's home base is and what they are planning. Obviously the stakes are high if you need a doctor/scientist with the CDC and another doctor. The group has already set off two bombs at Emory. What is their final target and why? The IPA is a domestic terrorist anti-government cult where beliefs include white supremacy, a skewed religion, misogyny, sexual abuse, biological warfare, pedophilia, and paramilitary training. It is a gritty novel and not for the faint of heart. Contrary to some reviews, it is not an "alt-right" or "alt-left" or "alt-religion" group. It's a cult. It's anti-political and uses religion only for control. It's about power and control of everyone who is not a part of the group. The label "patriot" is simply a way to justify their terrorist activities. (This is not the first time a terrorist group from various backgrounds and countries has done this and, alas, it won't be the last.) The Last Widow is un-put-down-able, intelligent, tension-filled, action-packed, fast-paced, and well-researched, with twists and turns and surprising revelations at every corner. The writing is excellent- both well-executed with a well-paced plot that is intricate and engaging. Slaughter will grab and hold your attention to the bitter end. This is truly a novel that you will find it hard, if not impossible to stop reading once you've started. It will most certainly be a contender for one of the top novels of the year. Although this is the ninth in the series, you can read it as a stand-alone. Slaughter has provided within the narrative enough background information to help new readers follow along. (Of course you will likely want to read others in the series and every book Karin Slaughter has written after you read The Last Widow.) Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Karenrmicone 3 days ago
I love Karin Slaughter books, and have read many, but this is the first Wil Trent book I have read. That being said, I was happy to find you didn’t end to read the others beforehand. Wonderful and timely book. Found myself thinking how easily this cud have, and found myself wondering not f but when. Sara Linton and Will Trent are literally in a fight for their lives. Throw in domestic terrorism, deadly diseases, and white supremacy, and you have an excellent thriller.
DebbieAJ 3 days ago
I just love the whole Will Trent series, and was so excited to get THE LAST WIDOW in my hands. And I was not disappointed! As always, Karin Slaughter delivered an incredible read. It had me hooked from start to finish—I absolutely couldn’t put it down. It makes me want to go back and reread the whole series. I just can’t get enough of Will Trent, Sara Linton, and all of these fantastic characters. Karin Slaughter is an amazing writer—her books will keep you on the edge of your seat every time.
ThrilList 3 days ago
Karin Slaughter is a masterful storyteller and THE LAST WIDOW is Slaughter at her very best. If you love Will Trent, and if you love Sara Linton, this books is going to scratch every single itch. If you haven't read Will Trent before, THE LAST WIDOW will make you an insta-fan. Either way, THE LAST WIDOW will make you want to go back and binge read the entire series. And the ending!!! I cannot wait to see what happens next!
RKG20 3 days ago
I digested this explosive thriller in one addictive sitting. Slaughter is a master at this game; she keeps raising the stakes and I cannot get enough. THE LAST WIDOW reaches out and grabs by the throat with a stirring exploration of themes that are ripped from the headlines and so crazy-dramatic. This timely read, filled with Slaughter's expertly drawn, air-breathing characters, haunts and captivates. It's a must- don't miss it!!!!!
Allison31 3 days ago
I truly don't know how Karin does it. The sheer amount of research and attention to detail that went in to THE LAST WIDOW astounds me. Karin displays an immense amount of medical knowledge in this latest installment of her Will Trent series, and this undeniable dedication to her craft is what keeps me coming back for more Karin Slaughter again and again. Her characters are so incredibly alive (always) and her writing is extremely difficult to rip myself away from. I HIGHLY recommend THE LAST WIDOW, even if you're unfamiliar with her Will Trent series. Just incredible.
RowingRabbit 3 days ago
4.5 stars I’ll begin by offering a bit of advice. Don’t open this with the idea of just getting a few chapters under your belt. Prepare. Find a quiet spot, break out the emergency reading kit (snacks, beverages, blankie, heart rate monitor, etc.) & get comfortable. Because this author doesn’t so much gently lead you into the story as throw you off a speeding train. In the ebook version we have our first kidnapping at 2%. Then she gives you a bit of a break, holding off til 8% for the second one. At this point you might start digging around for a seatbelt. Dr. Michelle Spivey was enjoying an outing with her daughter. When a van suddenly pulls up beside them, her first thought is for her little girl. She needn’t have worried. It’s Michelle they want. One month later, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent & his girlfriend Dr. Sara Linton are spending time with her family when they hear 2 explosions. It’s coming from the Emory Campus & as they attempt to get to the scene, they’re waylaid by a road accident. In the blink of an eye Will is badly beaten & Sara is gone (tip: good time for snack/drink/heart rate check #1). What follows is a gripping story told by 2 main narrators. In Will’s chapters we follow him & various levels of law enforcement as they try to find Sara & figure out what the hell is going on. His boss Amanda is as cagey & acerbic as ever as she directs the search while sparring with the FBI. Colleague Faith is in the thick of it, running down leads & providing some much needed comic relief. In alternate chapters, we’re with Sara. Here we learn exactly what a secretive group are up to & why she & Michelle were selected. What they endure, witness & hear makes for a disturbing read at times but one that keeps you glued to the pages. Ms. Slaughter has a tendency to punt you out of your comfort zone but for me, the most unsettling parts were those that reflected the sad truths of real current events. The premise is frighteningly plausible & clearly she’s done her homework. There is some minor repetition of scenes that seemed unnecessary but that’s nitpicking. Initially you’re swept up by the pace & need to know how all these players fit in. Then there’s a dawning sense of dread as it becomes clear what the bad guys’ agenda is. To the squillion or so Will Trent fans out there, you can rejoice. It’s been a long wait for this instalment & it doesn’t disappoint. Although it can be enjoyed as a stand alone, there is a boat load of history among these characters that adds depth to the present situation & it was a pleasure to catch up with them. The ending leaves the door open for a book #10 & we can only hope it won’t be a long wait. Maybe use the time to deep breathe & replenish your reading kit.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Will Trent and Sara Linton are back! This is an absolute must-read. Stop what you’re doing and read it.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Will Trent and Sara Linton are back! This is an absolute must-read. Stop what you’re doing and read it.
TPulyer 3 days ago
The Last Widow is a fast-paced adventure reminiscent of Patricia Cornwall’s Kay Scarpetta series. It does not shy away from depicting the harsh realities of the criminally insane and the people that follow them. GBI agent, Will Trent, and medical examiner, Sara Linton, take us on a journey that follows a spiraling line regularly upsetting our expectations and leading us down a dark path. The only question is, can they lead us back to safety. What I Like A temporal motif runs throughout the novel, and this serves to enhance the theme and the mood. The mood is one of urgency, and the reader feels that along with the characters. The characters continuously check their watches and are frustrated when their means of seeing how much time has passed is gone. This urgency is also reinforced by the chapters being titled by the date and time. Time is an essential theme in this novel, especially as it pertains to survival, which is made apparent by the motif. The result is a fast-paced novel where the reader doesn’t even think to check their own watch. The short emotional journeys are genuinely written. From the emotional journey of a mother with a daughter just hitting puberty to the ramblings of a person’s mind when held in captivity, this story captures many sharp truths. These descriptions bring a sense of realism to the story and transport you into the world of the novel. Will Trent and Sara Linton are relatable in their reluctant heroism. The characters are fully developed, and when they work together, you can feel the chemistry jump off the page. Engagingly flawed, they help each other overcome their inner demons while they are fighting to conquer their own. What I Wish The confounding time loops did not add to the story. To show different, essential perspectives, the reader sees an event from one character’s perspective and then in the next chapter, the same event from another character’s perspective. Though the views both added something unique to the story, I found moving backward and forwards numerous times in the tale frustrating much like rereading the same page of a story multiple times. I also wish I knew more about what happened to Michelle Spivey in that month between appearances. Bits and pieces are provided, but I think I would like to know more definitely. Part of me feels like it could be a “be careful what you wish for” type wish though. To Read or Not to Read This novel will grab you from page one and not let you go until the end. I highly recommend for the thrill-seekers at heart. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 18 hours ago
excellent storyline. Appropriate for the time.
Anonymous 1 days ago
boofable maybe even screechable