Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Karin Slaughter’s novels featuring Special Agent Will Trent 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.
Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent whose latest case has him posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who rides a motorcycle around Macon, Georgia, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. The cover has worked and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally. But undercover and cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him.
Although she has no idea where Will has gone, or why, 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 shooting 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.
Unseen is now, in my opinion, the best novel in the series. Though, that will most likely change since I still have three more full length novels to read.
Everything about Unseen works perfectly. The mystery is twisted. The character moments are impactful. The dialogue continues to be my favourite aspect of Slaughter’s writing.
I will admit that Slaughter’s romance writing is lacking, however, in her defence, these are not romance novels. Will and Sara’s relationship is complicated. Both Will and Sara are coming from traumatic pasts and don’t know how to fully connect with each other. Us readers do not get to experience the happier moments of Will and Sara’s relationship. In this instance, I think it works because the explosive moments, like the one that happened in Unseen, are next level. These moments certainly make up for the lack of mundane relationship moments.
The opening chapter of Unseen rivals the opening chapter of Blindsighted in that they were both horrifying, intense, and set the stage for what’s to come. The opening chapter of Unseen featured Lena while the opening chapter of Blindsighted featured Sibyl. I have a love/hate relationship with Lena. She’s infuriating in all the best ways. Lena is truly a testament to Slaughter’s writing and character work. I was slightly exasperated when I realized the extent of Lena’s role in Unseen. However, Unseen has everything readers have been waiting for. Vague, I know. But it’s best left that way.
Overall, Unseen features some of Slaughter’s best writing to date. Her impeccably woven mystery and explosive character moments will make you realize her novels are more than just straight forward mystery novels.
Have you read Unseen? What did you think?