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False Witness: The stunning new 2021 crime mystery suspense thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Paperback – 24 June 2021
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‘Heart-stopping one moment, heart-breaking the next. Slaughter at her finest’ Cara Hunter, author of All the Rage
‘Her heroines are believable, flawed and courageous’ Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister, The Serial Killer
‘Absorbing’ Sunday Times
‘Dizzyingly dark and breathlessly compelling, False Witness is both a deeply textured crime mystery and a moving commentary on life in America during the current health crisis. Utterly unforgettable’ B. P. Walter, author of The Dinner Guest
‘Rich characters and deft plotting make this an unputdownable story that will move you to the core. This is Slaughter's best yet’ Camilla Lackberg, author of the Fjallbacka series
‘A twisty, searingly contemporary mystery steeped in a dark past…catches your breath and keeps you gasping and guessing until the end’ Stacey Abrams, author of While Justice Sleeps
‘Karin Slaughter is a master of the thriller genre’ Francesca Momplaisir, author of My Mother’s House
Praise for Karin Slaughter:
‘Gripping, gruesome and emotionally powerful, this is Slaughter doing what she does best’ Mail on Sunday
‘As sharp and absorbing as ever’ Guardian
‘Slaughter’s novel is both a page-turner and a protest about how often sexual violence is overlooked’ Sunday Times
‘I’d follow her anywhere’ Gillian Flynn
‘One of the boldest thriller writers working today’ Tess Gerritsen
‘Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled’ Michael Connelly
‘Passion, intensity, and humanity’ Lee Child
‘A writer of extraordinary talents’ Kathy Reichs
‘Fiction doesn't get any better than this’ Jeffery Deaver
‘A great writer at the peak of her powers’ Peter James
'Karin Slaughter has – by far – the best name of all of us mystery novelists' James Patterson
‘It’s big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody – like a perfectly cooked steak’ Stuart MacBride
‘The queen of the explosive thriller’ Good Housekeeping
The stunning new 2021 crime mystery suspense thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author
- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers (24 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008303517
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008303518
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
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- The multi-layered plot and how the past interweaved nicely with the present case, the parallels had me so hooked and it was hard to put down. Although this was very long and detailed, every chapter had some sort of reveal or important information so that kept me interested.
- I LOVE cat and mouse games. The tension between Leigh and Andrew was intense!! I loved the detail and being in Leigh’s head, trying to figure him out.
- It’s so rare to find a mystery thriller that has such well developed characters and False Witness is probably one of the best I’ve seen so far. I loved the sisters. I didn’t realise how much I connected and rooted for them till the end because It actually made me emotional (I usually have a heart of stone :D).
Pick this up if you love super dark, twisted and intense books. Lots of trigger warnings so definitely not a light read!
FYI there are COVID references throughout so if that puts you off then maybe give it a miss.
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This is a dark story. Karin Slaughter has never shied away from the depths of the adversity her characters face. Child abuse, adult survivors of rape, people in positions of power who abuse that power to extreme extents. These are all fairly common themes in her books. But, False Witness feels even darker.
Callie and Leigh are sisters. On the surface they are very different people. Callie is a drug addict, at her best when working part-time at a vet surgery where she steals maintenance level of drugs and sells them locally. Leigh is a lawyer at a prestigious firm, while she’s separated from her husband she loves him and their daughter dearly.
But, they have a huge secret in common. A secret that someone else knows, and could tear their lives apart if he shares it.
As always it is the strength of Karin Slaughter’s characters that this book finds it’s hook. The desperation and determination shared by Callie and Leigh had me rooting for these characters despite their bad decisions.
Yet there was also a big distraction - Covid and the pandemic loomed large over these pages and it really put me off. At one point it felt like every second page was referring to face masks or hand sanitiser. And, every time they were mentioned it pulled me right out of the story. In a note at the end of the book the author explains why she felt the need to make the pandemic part of the setting, but I really wish she hadn’t. Hand washing, face masks and physical distancing should be left in the real world, reading is how I get away from that.
A good story, but would have been better without so many Covid references.
I will buy the next Karin slaughter book when it comes , I just hope that the quality of story and subject matter are not overwhelmed by real life and spoil it
So, the first part of the book was marred for me and it took me a while to get into it - unheard of for a Slaughter novel - but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and raced to the end. Enjoy!