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False Witness: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, 20 July 2021
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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 has a good job as a defense attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilized her life is just as unremarkable as she'd always hoped it would be.
HIDES A DEVASTATING PAST
But Leigh's ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average -- a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.
BUT NOW THE PAST IS CATCHING UP
Then a case lands on her desk -- defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It's the highest profile case she's ever been given -- a case which could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it's no coincidence that he's chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades running.
AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
If she can't get him acquitted, she'll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her younger, estranged sister Callie, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice.
"Slaughter's eye for detail and truth are unmatched."--"Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author"
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- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (20 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1504780248
- ISBN-13 : 978-1504780247
- Dimensions : 14.4 x 4.8 x 15.6 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!