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Summary

The gripping number one Sunday Times crime thriller.

She runs  

A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she’s safe.

He watches  

But a predator is watching from the shadows. Waiting for the perfect moment to attack.

He waits         

They thought they caught him. But another victim has just been found.

The hunt has only just begun. And the killer is ready to strike again....

©2020 Karin Slaughter (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Sharp and absorbing." (Observer)

"I’d follow her anywhere." (Gillian Flynn)

"Gripping, gruesome and emotionally powerful, this is Slaughter doing what she does best." (Mail on Sunday

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Horrible narrator!

Love Karin Slaughter, but this one was ruined for me by the narrator's awful "cartoony" voices - the "Nick" policeman, for instance, was completely ridiculous – made him sound like a really bad comedy turn. Such a shame.

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Horrified by narrator

Big fan of Karin Slaughter and it was a decent enough story although I felt it didn’t get going until two thirds in. The narration, however, I am in absolute shock. The cartoony voices of just about every male character were bad enough but the entirely offensive “yessum” Bubba-style characterisation of Lena? What??? Horrified. Almost had to stop listening. Firstly, does the narrator even know anything about this character? This is not a South Georgia accent she would have by any stretch of the imagination and honestly I feel it needs to be re-recorded.

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Narrator ruins it

I usually really enjoy Karen Slaughter, especially the Will Trent stories, however, this is one of the worst performances I have heard. She has a lovely speaking voice when just telling the story, but the character voices are dreadful. The females are really whiny, especially Faith and the males just sound a bit dense. The book is 18 hours long and really it’s a bit unfair of me to rate the story before I finish it, but 3 hours in I cannot tolerate the narrator any longer. Recommend you download a clip before purchasing to listen for yourself.

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the worst voice over ever .

couldnt get past chapter 2 it was so awful . very dissapointing & a waste of money

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Disappointing story and narrator

Disappointed, story disjointed and narrator's voices grating and did not help the story any. If this was the first Karin Slaughter book I had listened to it would be the last.

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Awful

Couldn’t even get past the first hour. Terrible opener!!
The narration was shocking too. Please give me my credit back!!

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Disappointing and not up to the same standards.

I was disappointed with The Silent Wife for a number of reasons. The crime story was not as gripping as in previous books in the series. In fact I guessed the culprit very early on. In addition, the romance storyline between Will and Sarah was far too dragged out. Even for a pair of emotionally damaged people, their poor communication was ridiculous, and their inability to understand each other makes their whole relationship implausible. Finally I am sorry to say that the narration was cartoonish at times, with over-the-top voices for quite a few of the characters. It was a distraction at times.

Usually I finish a Karin Slaughter book and can't wait for the next one to come out but after The Silent Wife I have lost interest in the adventures of Will Trent. (I would love a book focussed on Faith though).

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Love this series

I’ve enjoyed this series over the years both reading and listening. This didn’t disappoint.

It was a then and now scenario, which is very popular with authors but it was clear throughout which timeline we were in.

My only issue, and it’s probably churlish, was some of the narration. Particularly Lena, whom I dislike intensely due to the fact she has no redeeming qualities (though I think that’s an important part of the series), I didn’t feel her voice was in keeping with her character from the years of reading the books she’s part of.

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What a shame, the narrator was awful

I usually enjoy the Will Trent stories, but this narrator is just awful. Whatever did she think she was doing? Especially the male characters. Even an American would not recognise this as a southern accent, but she carried on regardless. Spoilt the experience of listening to this book. A great shame.

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Not great

Narrator was very shouty and not in tune with the story, put me off completely!! And the actual story wasnt very original, lots of padding around it, I assume too create volume, just wanted it to end.

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  • Roxx
  • 06-08-20

lot of tension

intresting story if only L.Bouvard would stop speaking in different voices. almost unbearable to listen

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  • Susanne
  • 03-08-20

very annoying narrator

The narrator is so annoying. Why does Jared sound like a 5-year-old? And Lena. NOBODY talks like that, unless they are braindamaged.
I gave up listening and bought the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-20

Horribly, annoyingly narrated!!

Once again Ms. Bouvard has done a great job spoilling the fun out of Karin's book. The way she squeaks her voice trying to make different sound of characters is so annoying I wanted so return the book. I haven't been to Atlanta, but if everone there speaks the way the narrater sounds, it would be quite a scary town to live in. Karin, if you have any say in choosing the narrater, please choose someone else next time for the sake of your book and your fans.

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  • Anton
  • 18-01-21

Good book, bad narrator

Book is very thrilling. Narrator is horrible, but the version narrated by Kathleen Early sadly isn’t available to purchase in my region. If it’s possible for you, pick that version instead.

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  • Joan
  • 12-10-20

Another great KS

I really like Karin Slaughter and this story did not disappoint. I enjoyed that we got into Sarah's past this time, but Faith is still my favourite character. The only distraction was the relationship between Will and Sarah, it is getting a bit ridiculous and off-putting now.

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  • Angel Flukes
  • 17-09-20

Enjoyable but not her best

As a top fan of KS I can’t definitely tell you this isn’t her best work, I liked it and enjoyed it but her other stories have better twists, and at times I found it could of been edited. Was a bit long. Still love Karin though!