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 death 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.
ARC provided by publisher via netgalley
I have been a fan of Karin Slaughter's for some time, and have loved each book, even when she killed off a beloved main character. KS managed to blend 2 series into one, and it stills makes sense, with gripping thrillers. She always comes up with storylines that keep me mesmerized page after page. With thriller topics take a dark turn and are always edge of my seat gripping. That being said, I have never liked Lena. Everyone who gets to close to her gets hurt, or killed. She is a magnet for disaster. And in this one, we return to Lena's world because she and her husband have been attacked.
As much as I love this series, this one didn't work for me. The base storyline was a good thriller, but the way we jumped back and forth in the timeline didn't work for me. And there seemed to be some parts that left me scratching my head going "huh?" This all could be because this is an ARC and these details will be ironed out in the final product, who knows. Or all of my "less than happy" feelings about this book is because I just don't like Lena. But for Lena, this one seems to be her "wake up" moment and maybe the time for her to reflect on her life and decide what, and how, she wants to live it moving forward. Does she want to continue down the destruction path or grasp the love she has in Jared and move on to be a better person, cop, and maybe a mom. I guess we'll see what happens in the future.
**This book can be read as a stand alone, but it really should be read in the order of the series. Start with Grant County and follow the order so you can learn the history or Will, Sara, and Lena.