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False Witness Paperback – Large Print, 3 August 2021
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
There's deception, sabotage, violence, family secrets . . . all the stuff you could want from a fictional page-turner.-- theSkimm
Recommended by Washington Post - theSkimm - GMA.com - Popsugar - Bustle - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Augusta Chronicle - Sun-Sentinel - Mystery and Suspense Magazine - and more!
He saw what you did. He knows who you are...
From the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her and The Silent Wife, an electrifying standalone thriller.
AN ORDINARY LIFE...
Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She's an up-and-coming defense attorney at a prestigious law firm in Atlanta, would do anything for her sixteen-year-old daughter Maddy, and is managing to successfully coparent through a pandemic after an amicable separation from her husband Walter.
HIDES A DEVASTATING PAST...
But Leigh's ordinary life masks a childhood no one should have to endure ... a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and ultimately destroyed by a brutal act of violence.
BUT NOW THE PAST IS CATCHING UP...
On a Sunday night at her daughter's school play, she gets a call from one of the firm's partners who wants Leigh to come on board to defend a wealthy man accused of multiple counts of rape. Though wary of the case, it becomes apparent she doesn't have much choice if she wants to keep her job. They're scheduled to go to trial in one week. When she meets the accused face-to-face, she realizes that it's no coincidence that he's specifically asked for her to represent him. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he may know what happened over twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades avoiding her past.
AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
Suddenly she has a lot more to lose than this case. The only person who can help is her younger, estranged sister Callie--the last person Leigh would ever want to drag into this after all they've been through. But with the life-shattering truth in danger of being revealed, she has no choice...
"A high-stakes thriller . . . Her heroines are believable, flawed and courageous." -OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE
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"Slaughter skillfully and assuredly relates the violence of a sociopath, while creating an emotional connection to lives touched by tragedy and addressing current events."--Library Journal on False Witness
Cunningly conceived and written . . . Deeply satisfying.--Washington Post on False Witness
Slaughter reliably delivers high-stakes thrillers, but False Witness is the author at her best, weaving a multi-layered, addictive story with characters you won't soon forget.--The Augusta Chronicle on False Witness
In the enthralling False Witness, Slaughter ramps up her storytelling skills to explore how two sisters cope with the aftermath of a crime. False Witness works well as a psychological exploration of its characters, as a legal thriller and as a family drama. . . . Slaughter's mastery at suspense is at full throttle . . . A thriller that kicks into high gear from the first page to a stunning ending.--Sun-Sentinel (South Florida) on False Witness
"Karin Slaughter is a master of the thriller genre and her genius comes through on every page, in every character, through every plot twist. False Witness is so suspenseful, it's tension palpable, and the action so visual, I can't wait to see its brilliance in film."--Francesca Momplaisir, critically-acclaimed author of My Mother's House
"Karin Slaughter's False Witness is a twisty, searingly contemporary mystery steeped in a dark past, and she weaves a story that catches your breath and keeps you gasping and guessing until the end." --Stacey Abrams, author of While Justice Sleeps
[False Witness] will keep readers transfixed. Slaughter is writing at the top of her game.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on False Witness
Slaughter doesn't save her twists for the end, instead peppering them throughout the intricately layered story amid stomach-churning near misses and gripping character revelations. Equal parts hyperrealistic thriller and epic tragedy, Slaughter's latest is pitch-perfect storytelling.--Booklist (starred review) on False Witness
"Slaughter offers us a high-stakes thriller that handles the tragedy of addiction with empathy and grace. Her heroines are believable, flawed and courageous."--Oyinkan Braithwaite, award-winning author of My Sister, The Serial Killer, on False Witness
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is the author of more than twenty instant New York Times bestselling novels, including the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and standalone novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. She is published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe. Pieces of Her is a Netflix original series starring Toni Collette, and False Witness, the Grant County, and Will Trent series are in development for television. 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.
- Publisher : HarperLuxe; Bilingual - Large type / Large print edition (3 August 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 752 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0063090333
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063090330
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 4.29 x 22.86 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!