With its gracious homes and tree-lined streets, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods. But in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands. Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is here only to do a political favor; the murder site belongs to the Atlanta police. But Trent soon sees something that the cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the shell-shocked mother. Within minutes, Trent is taking over the case — and adding another one to it. He is sure that another teenage girl is missing, and that a killer is on the loose. Armed with only fleeting clues, teamed with a female cop who has her own personal reasons for hating him, Trent has enemies all around him — and a gnawing feeling that this case, which started in the best of homes, is cutting quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.
This is book 2 in the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter. I previously read and loooooved Triptych so much but this didn’t reach the same levels. It was thrilling and ovbiously addictive but it didn’t have as many twists as the first one and that’s why I didn’t like it was much.
One thing I want to say is that I love Will Trent as a character. He’s not your typical detective (well, he’s a Special Agent) and he makes everything much more interesting. He has poor social skills and he’s so weird but he’s amazing, really. Here, we’re introduced a new character: Faith Mitchell and I really liked her relationship with Will (does anyone else not like Angie at all?)
I especially loved the beginning of this book: all the part with the mother was bittersweet and even hard to read. What would we do if we saw our daughter being attacked by an unknown man? Would we try to get revenge?
The case was actually a bit similar to the other one I read this month: The Girl in the Ice, only this one was about a kidnapping instead of a murder. I find that it’s always fascinating to read about the secret lives of apparently normal teenagers. They’re the best at hiding secrets, don’t you think?
Sometimes, Karin Slaughter writes too many twists (Pretty Girls) and sometimes, she writes too little, like with this one. Can’t wait to read the next one and see how the series continues!