Review: Unseen by Karin Slaughter

Title: Unseen
Will Trent #7
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publish Date: July 2, 2013

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I was pretty excited when I was approved to read this NetGalley book by Karin Slaughter. I have wanted to read her books for a long time, but for some reason I would forget her when picking out a book. Yes, this book is the 7th in the series, but I have read books mid series and found not too much is lost. I feel this way about this book. There was little from previous books that made me feel I missed some serious information.

The characters of Will Trent and Sara were so well developed I just immediately wanted to root for them to win. Again, not having read any of Karin Slaughter's books I don't know if there is a formula to her books of people being killed and resurfacing later. I didn't know how far she has developed Will Trent (the main character) to know if this would be his last book or not.

Will Trent is a government investigator undercover as a bad boy excon. He is infiltrating a serious gang of killers and drug dealers trying to locate the man at the top. Unfortunately no one has met or see the boss, so knowing who it is and trying to figure it out was so much fun. I find it a good thing I am not good at picking up on who is the real killer, as I am too busy enjoying the read to actually stop and figure it out. But Karin Slaughter makes it really difficult to not imagine everyone is the killer. She writes so well that I had like four people picked out til the end. I was so gung-ho on this book I couldn't put it down. I will also be getting this book for my mom who loves these types of books, though she will prefer to read from the beginning of the series.

My favorite part of the book has to be when Will Trent is using his alter persona bad boy ex-con Bill Black (or Bud). It was hilarious when he would, in his head, refer to what Bill Black would do or say or act. It really made it fun.

Summary -
Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels are utterly riveting and masterfully drawn. Her latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is actually a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton—the woman he loves, who cannot be told of the risk Will is taking.

Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting: Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down in his own home. Sara holds Lena, Jared’s wife, responsible: Lena, a detective, has been a magnet for trouble all her life, and Jared’s attack is not the first time someone Sara loved got caught in the crossfire. Furious, Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it, and soon danger is swirling around both of them.

In a novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists, two investigations collide with a conspiracy straddling both sides of the law. Karin Slaughter’s latest is both an electrifying thriller and a piercing study of human nature: what happens when good people face the unseen evils in their lives

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